Grateful Dead

Utica Memorial Auditorium - March 22, 1973

Utica Memorial Auditorium

March 22, 1973

Utica, NY US

Average: 4.8 (5 votes)

Set List:

Promised Land
Mexicali Blues
They Love Each Other
Looks Like Rain
Beat it on Down the Line
Bird Song
Jack Straw
Box of Rain
You Ain't Woman Enough
The Race Is On
Row Jimmy
El Paso
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Playing in the Band
Casey Jones

Big River
Wave That Flag
Me and My Uncle
Here Comes Sunshine
The Other One
Eyes of the World
China Doll
Sugar Magnolia

Saturday Night

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Joined: Jul 17 2007
first show

This was my first Dead show. Though my first album was Anthem and I acquired all other releases in sequence, I still hadn't really been bitten by the "live" music bug. Probably my 3rd or 4th concert, this night was going to stick in my mind and change my outlook on live performances forever. Thanks to my favorite band taking me for the first leg of that surreal journey that lasts to this day!

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Joined: Nov 19 2008
first and still my favorite

This was my first Grateful Dead show, and to this day stands out as one of the highlights of my life. I’d only recently started getting into the Grateful Dead when they played a two-night stand in Utica, NY. I don’t remember much detail about that night, we were mighty high. The word from people who attended the night before was that, “the pigs were heavy,” so we did not smoke in the arena. Instead, we dropped some very strong blotter acid before the show, so by the middle of the first set, everything was flashing, flashing, flashing. This was in a hockey rink with no seating in the center area, so there was plenty of space for dancing and swirling and jumping for sheer joy. The second set was mostly a state of ecstasy, and when the lights hit the mirror ball as the band hit “Sunshine Daydream,” … what can I possibly say? My eyes fill with tears and my heart still throbs as I think about it. The truth remains – “There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert!”

Joined: Aug 16 2007
the photos from this night

One posted in the archives shows Phil playing to Weir's right. Isn't that odd? Phil was uniformly positioned to Weir's left during this era (or so I thought), with he and Jerry not switching sides till '82.
Anyone else find this interesting?

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Joined: May 8 2008
Long Road

My roommate Michael and I hitchhiked to Utica from Oneonta, NY for the show...still a cold time of the year in the mountains. The concert was super, except for the cops busting people for smoking during the show...we'd done some psylliciben (?) spores and were too loaded to do anything but be one with the music. Afterwards we hitchhiked back to Oneonta, arriving at dawn.


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Utica Memorial Auditorium - March 22, 1973