June 28, 1983
Set List:Feel Like a Stranger
It's All Over Now
Brown Eyed Women
Little Red Rooster
Looks Like Rain
Help on the Way
Man Smart/Woman Smarter
Not Fade Away
Attendees of this show
I was on tour most of this year with my buddy Mike Agueros from Camarillo, CA. I am going to talk about him more when I go back and post some more. We saw over a hundred shows together. He was so much fun. I found his obituary from Hawaii last fall (2006). He died 9/5/2000. I had not seen or heard from him since the late 80's and I felt so empty when I saw this. After this show alot of us went up to near Watersmeet, Michigan in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the National Rainbow Gathering (Welcome Home). I could write for pages about that. Let it suffice that we had a special time.
I used to play the Dead during my gym class (I am a retired physical education teacher), one of my students came to me one day and said ,"Why don't you play rock and roll?" I felt vindicated when I saw this same student at this show at Popular Creek and he came running up to me to tell me that he gets it now.
I think this happened this night. It may have been the night before. Can't remember for sure.
We had worked our way down in front to a friend's seats and things just started grooving during Sugar Mag(I think) and we were all cutting loose and losing our minds dancing all over. I noticed that my friend Brian had disappeared and then about 2 minutes later, we looked up and HOLY FUCK, Brian was on stage dancing hard pretty close to Jerry. Jerry just sort of looked over his glasses at him and watched to see if he was going to do something more stupid, but just kept playing. We couldn't believe it. He jumped back off the stage before security could grab him and he managed to work his way back to the lawn without getting busted.
I remember asking Brian (who I have lost contact with over the years) what the hell made him do that. He just said that things were just grooving so hard he just felt like getting up to dance on the stage. We were known to go see some punk bands at the Metro and stuff back then and it was more acceptable to get up on stage and dive off, but you just didn't see this kind of stuff at Dead shows.
If the thunder don't get you, the lightning will!!
Anyone else remember people parachuting into this venue right before the show began? Can't remember which show....
Beautiful night,dancing all over the lawn...1st time I ever heard "Throwing Stones" live...everyone called it "Ashes/Ashes". :D
Traveled back into Chicago & partied w/ Heads on North Halstead @ Kingston Mines.
my name is MIke as well.
I grew up in camarillo and knew nothing about the Grateful Dead until i met
MIke Agueros in 1984. He was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.
Mike got me to go to my first Dead show in Ventura in 1984, and i was hooked for life.
Mike also took me on my first east coast dead tour in spring of 1988. I made 3000 stickers with 4 designs and we took off for georgia in his little red Carmengia.
we drove nonstop and made it there in exactly 48 hours. It was a blast !!!
I lost touch with him by the 90's, he moved up north somewhere, i talked to him on the phone one night when he first moved up there, and then never heard from him or saw him again. I would look for him at shows in the 90's to no avail. He was a great guy and a good friend. I always wondered about where he was and what he was doing. i tried looking for him on the internet many years ago, but never could find him.
I have always imagined he was doing well, and it saddens me to know that he has died.
It sounds like you were good friends with him, as was I, and i thank you for your post mentioning his name, or i would have never known what happened to him.
I wish he would have stayed in contact with me but i think we were both moving around alot back then could not reconnect.
anyways... thank you Duggles and i hope you are doing well.
We actually drove back to New Hampshire after this show and again got the Grateful Dead ants in the pants feeling that we need to be at Ventura. So again we make a few calls filled the car and off we go back out west. To be young we took life so for granted and I am glad we did.I will never regret driving around the country follwing these guys everywhere for years to come. We stopped at the rocks along the way and was fun to go inside without any band playing just us wandering threw the SPIRITUAL Grounds of Red Rocks. I for one finally made the choice to stay on the road with them till the fall of 89.
This show was alot of fun there seemed to be an air of something very hot going on. After the show we heard the DEA was hot on the trail of a few players on tour.Made each and everyone I knew very uncomfortable thats for sure.
I rememeber the boys flying in on helicoppers for these two shows.