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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Attendees of this show

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Joined: Apr 12 2015
RFK 6/9/73

This was my first show. I was 13. my cousin and I and another friend rode our bikes down to the nearest Metro bus stop{Potomac} we asked the driver how to get to RFK...without a beat she tore off three transfers and handed them to me any my friends.....and off we went...on the Bus for the first time!! I remember lotsa naked people in the crowd, great music, and I'm sure we got handed quite a few joints! but, strangely, I did not partake in the Bears Fine Water a Dead show, Until Capitol Center, 1980!

Joined: Apr 4 2008
RFK Stadium, June 9, 1973

My first Dead show, and actually I was there primarily to see the Allman Brothers. We'd procrastinated back in the spring and missed the Baltimore GD show, so nobody wanted to miss this one, and the huge size of the venue ensured it wouldn't sell out. I drove down to DC and parked within walking distance of the stadium, but the people I was supposed to meet ended up getting thoroughly stoned and thoroughly lost on the way, and I later found out they didn't arrive until the middle of the Dead's first set. We never met up.
As others have noted, it was brutally hot. I got there early and went right up front while Doug Sahm was playing, but got so dehydrated I had to go into the tunnels and drink fluids and sit for awhile. When the Dead came on I was back out in the crowd at the front of the stage, but by the second set I had retreated to a seat in the shade along the right-field line, where I remained for the rest of the show, hanging out with some people who'd driven down from Pittsburgh.
I was impressed with the Dead-- their music, their vibe, and their adoring audience. But it didn't make me a Deadhead overnight. As days went by, their music started to seep into my consciousness more and more. I started buying up as much of the catalog as I could afford, and by the time they came back a year later I was a full-on Dead freak. And so the journey began.
Two years later, I was in Fairfax, California, at a JGB show. During the break I wandered out to the sidewalk for a little air. The bouncer had taken a break, and perched on his stool, all by himself, was Jerry Garcia. This was 1975, remember; it was stil possible to talk to Jerry like just another human being, and he welcomed it. Here's how I remembered it from a piece I wrote for UPFRONT magazine years later, after Jerry had passed:
"I stepped forward and stuck out my hand: 'Sounds good tonight, Jerry', I
said, with what must have been a idiotic smile on my face.
"He just grinned and shook my hand: 'Thanks, man. Glad you could make it.'
"I asked him about some of the shows I'd seen, and mentioned an all-day
extravaganza at RFK Stadium in D.C. with the Allman Brothers' Band.
"He leaned forward, interested. 'Tell me,' he said, 'which of those shows
were you at? The first one or the second one? Did we play in the daytime
or did we play at night?'
"'You played in the daytime,' I said.
"'Oh, man,' Garcia chuckled, and he shook his head. 'Listen, I want to
apologize to you for that show. We were HORRIBLE.'
"'Gee,' I said lamely, 'I thought it was OK--'
"'Uh-uh. We were horrible. I'm sorry you weren't there the next night, 'cause that one was great.' He laughed. 'Really, I apologize, man. We weren't ready to play, and it was really hot, and we were just... horrible.' He had not stopped smiling since I'd walked up.
"There was so much more I wanted to ask him, to tell him, even if he'd heard it a million times before. But nothing he might have said could possibly have been more revealing than the few simple words and gestures by which he assured me, one of several million fans, that I too was as deserving of his time and attention and good humor as anyone else who might have come along."

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Joined: Jul 9 2008
RFK Stadium 6/9/1973

My late brother Mason and I attended this show. We were living at our parents' house in DC at the time (me just out of college and job-hunting) and took public transportation to RFK on a hot humid day with general admission tickets. We were out in the middle of the field from noon until after dark and must have gotten water somewhere! We enjoyed the music and the jamming by some of the Dead members with the Allman Brothers at the end.


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