Grateful Dead

Recreation Hall - May 8, 1979

Recreation Hall

May 08, 1979

State College, PA US

Average: 4.3 (3 votes)

Set List:

Promised Land
They Love Each Other
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Brown Eyed Women
It's All Over Now
Row Jimmy
El Paso
Stagger Lee
Lazy Lightnin'

Scarlet Begonias
Fire on the Mountain
Samson and Delilah
Terrapin Station
Playin' in the Band
The Other One
China Doll
Playin' in the Band
Good Lovin'

Shakedown Street

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Joined: Jun 15 2007
it was HOT in there

Heavy dose that night...great show with lots of fun on the floor

Joined: Jun 9 2007
Camped out

in a field on campus and nobody bothered us! Spent the day milling around town having a high time meeting all kinds of wonderful people. Helped out some locals and bought a " dead place to be" shirt. Thanks for the hospitality, you rock! We were five rows back from the stage and I had one of those moments we've all experienced when you're hair stands on end. It was during It's All Over Now Baby Blue. I was up swaying and groovin' with what the guys on stage were sharing with us when I felt like I was being singled out for some reason- yeah I know, weird. I opened my eyes and looked around and I was the only one standing. really. I looked at the stage and Jer was staring at me. I smiled and quickly sat down. My apologies if I was blocking anybodys view.

Joined: Jun 13 2007

Grateful Dead All-Night Driving Team story (above) belongs to the previous show (Lafayette) and not here. Check out the cool photo on that page that goes with the story!


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Joined: Aug 9 2007
Great Recording

There is an excellent audience recording available for this show. The sound quality is top-notch and the energy from the show comes through well. Lots of clapping, whooting, and hollering. You would think it was Winterland '74 or something.

Wish I could have been there, but I was 3 years old.

Joined: Nov 13 2008
may 08, 1979 First show of

may 08, 1979 First show of many to follow. Would love to find a copy of the show. Great Memories.

Joined: Jan 2 2010
I was a student at

I was a student at Bucknell-a bit to the east of Penn State. We blasted out for the show through the cornfields. I had a boom box with a mike input and an OK JVC stereo mike-none of which they let me bring into the venue. I had to check it at the coat check.
When the second set started, I went to the coat check, got my cheesy (although at the time perfectly adequate) taping gear and made like I was leaving the show. BUT NO-I ducked into the show when the mayhem of the second set starting caused a stir. Got a memorable tape of second set-the China Doll really got me and stuck with me to this day...Jerry meant it.

Joined: Nov 5 2010
The First of Many

My first and favorite show. I saw the light during Scarlet-Fire, still one of the best I've ever heard. Decades later and hundreds of shows under my belt, I can still feel that energy of the first time coarse through my veins. Popped my cherry that night!


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Recreation Hall - May 8, 1979