Grateful Dead

Robert F. Kennedy Stadium - June 9, 1973

Robert F. Kennedy Stadium

June 09, 1973

Washington, D.C., DC US

Average: 4.5 (26 votes)

Set List:

Promised Land
Looks Like Rain
They Love Each Other
Jack Straw
Loose Lucy
Mexicali Blues
Row Jimmy
El Paso
Box of Rain
Beat it on Down the Line
Tennessee Jed
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

He's Gone
Playing in the Band
Me and My Uncle
Mississippi Half-Step
Big River
Eyes of the World
China Doll
Sugar Magnolia

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Linder's picture
Joined: Mar 7 2009
My first show!

Six or seven of us headed in a VW van to Washington, DC to see the Dead and Allman Brothers (from Rhode Island)...Junior year, college.. I was happy to be going on a trip anywhere, much less to a stadium named after Robert Kennedy, Jr. We camped in an open field nearby that seemed to "appear". I remember hearing Truckin and singing it all night long...I remember hearing Jessica and watching Dickie Betz (?) and needing water. I didn't think I would ever stop laughing/THE BEST entry!

Ridergirl's picture
Joined: Jan 3 2009
Amazing Show

I had just graduated from high school and went with friends from Philly. Still have a picture. Would not have remembered the set list though!

Joined: Jun 13 2007
oh was it HOT....

the temperature, I mean! I just have snapshots in my mind of moments from that weekend. Like a fever-induced dream.
We drove down from the Bronx the night before, and slept under the shade of the Washington Monument.
I had never seen DC before.
All I remember of the concert is the HEAT...well, I DO remember Doug Sahm, I liked the song Mendocino...but I think I was asleep when the Dead came on.
Well, I do remember waking up at "Playing in the Band".
I know at the time I thought it was a GREAT "PITB".

But....damn it was HOT that weekend!
On the way back up to NYC, we ran out of gas money for the van, and had to panhandle at a rest stop in Maryland.
A nice couple on a motorcycle gave us FIVE DOLLARS, which seemed like a LOT of money at the time!

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Joined: Jul 3 2011
Drove from Carteret,NJ

Drove to this concert with my brother Rick and 2 girls from Carteret,NJ. I got separated from them going in to the concert. They went on the field while I found a shady spot sitting behind the stage. Doug Sahm Band opened, then the Grateful Dead played, followed by the Allman Bros. It was a hot and sunny day in DC.

Joined: Feb 20 2011
See Comments on June 10 show

Stories I won't put in writing. Entirely too much fun. Life altering event. Good Times with Good Friends (who still talk about it today......2011 !!)

Joined: Mar 27 2008
Up from Virginia 6-9-73

6-10-73 was the better show but not because this one didn't try hard. It pales to 6-10 and that's it. I seem to remember orange barrels, window pane and bottle rockets shot into the hot soupy over RFK. Second set highlight included Playing and Eye's. The 6-9 Eye's pales in comparison to 6-10 version. IMHO.

Joined: Jun 30 2013
Great Show

I remember my roomates in New Brunswick , NJ urging me to drive them to Washington DC for a Dead concert. We didn't even have tickets. My car was new and I was reluctant. I gave in and we got there Friday evening. We scalped tickets and slept outside of RFK on the grass. I was an ABB fan but not so much the Grateful Dead. After that concert on Saturday I was a fan for life. Yeah , it was pretty hot that day ,somewhere about 95 to 100.I have a few pictures from a bad camera whose battery gave out after 4 - 5 pictures. I'd like to see if anyone remembers what I remember. The Dead played a very long time. China Doll , then Sugar Magnolia. Then the long wait. The Allman Brothers were late. The Dead had finished their show but the Allman Brothers weren't there. Initial word on the field was that we weren't going to get the full show. Then the Grateful Dead came on stage to do another set. The Allmans came on stage it seemed around dusk. No where on the set list does it show Uncle John's Band or Casey Jones but I know the Dead did those songs when I was there. Workingman's Dead and Europe '72 became my go to music after that concert. And I figure it had to be 6/9/1973 because the Dead came on first. My parents wouldn't let me go to Woodstock. I consider this to have been my Woodstock.

Joined: Apr 4 2012
In the ether

Followed Dead around the country that summer, helped set up at RFK; DC was hot, also saw AB at New Haven CT that summer - it all seems like a dream today. One of the best years of my life! Today I have Sirius 24/7- tomorrow GD Meet in Austin. So long as We broadcast the Dead, one day in star system or galaxy far away our star brothers will see and hear the digital sights and sounds we experienced in our lives - and in an unrecognized tongue say "what a long strange trip . . ."

Love is all

Joined: Mar 27 2008
6-9-73 and 6-10-73 near same setlist!

6-10-73 is the stronger of the 2 and has always been my favorite show! The highlight of 6-10 was the Eyes. This one discovered new areas of heaven and earth much like Magellan, De Soto, Columbus and Neil Armstrong. It was a real treat to get the Allman Brothers to return to stage for a complete set alongside the Dead. Heady times indeed!!!!


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Joined: Sep 17 2013
My 18th Birthday

My sister gave me this show for my 18th birthday and drove me down from CT, then drove me back all night so I could graduate high school on Sunday the 10th. It was only my second Dead show but it is at the top of my list of memories. A better sister one could never have.


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