Grateful Dead

College Of William and Mary - September 24, 1976

College Of William and Mary

September 24, 1976

Williamsburg, VA US

Average: 4.3 (6 votes)

Set List:

Promised Land
Looks Like Rain
Row Jimmy
Big River
Tennessee Jed
Playin' in the Band
Playin' in the Band

Might As Well
Samson and Delilah
New Minglewood Blues
Help on the Way
Franklin's Tower
Music Never Stopped
Stella Blue
Around and Around

U.S. Blues

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Joined: Jun 23 2007
In hind site this was a great first show to see

This was my very first show. At the time I was unable to fully appreciate this really great show. I wanted to hear the stuff I was familiar with from lps. This was a great first show.

Everything I've learned is from The Grateful Dead and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

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Joined: Jun 22 2007
The acid that..

...suddenly appeared outside the Gymnasium was stellar. I know that the set list dosn't look all that awe-insipiring, but the intimate atmosphere and performances where key. I would love to have a recording of this show. The "Blues For Allah..." jams at the end of the second set were some of the best Phil/Jerry game of musical twister I ever heard them play!

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Joined: Oct 18 2007
First Magical Moment

This was my first show !

The best Supplication I have heard and a magical Slipknot. Did not realize on that day the magical bus ride I would have for the next 19 years and 103 magical shows!

Joined: Jun 25 2007
First show

This was my first show also. Memories: some buddies coming down from Virginia Tech. I had bought their tickets, and they had no cash to pay me back. The guys traded two ounces for two tickets. yes; two ounces for two, what, $9(?) tickets?
Good trade!

Joined: Apr 20 2009
What a bus ride!

We came down in a car from Philly and didn't get off the bus for 3 days. The show was wild - an intimate setting and the trippy vibe in that small arena was almost overwhelming. Deal - Cassidy- Sugaree & then all of the Blues for Allah finish - what a WILD ride!!

I remember waking up the day of the show and all the tie-dye in the middle of Colonial Williamsburg was just surreal!

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Joined: Dec 18 2008
the burg in76

this was my first show backstge pass and all what a show my girlfriend and i went to the local laundrymat and there was this very rough looking guy who turned out to be ramrod.asked if we have ever heard of the grateful dead. i said i had a few albums europe72, working man's dead and american beauty he then asked if we had ever seen them we said we didn,t have the monry to go so he gave us 2 backstage passes383 shows latter and i still love the grateful dead been to the vibes the last 4 years but will not go back after last year to many police and fences now i know how a dog feels

Joined: Dec 25 2011
1st show

I drove up from Norfolk Va where I was stationed (U.S. Navy) onboard USS Shreveport (LPD-12) for this show. Great experience!!! I had first seen Jerry & Bob summer of 1972 when they sat in with ABB @ Gaelic Park, The Bronx for Mountain Jam encore.

Joined: Aug 27 2008
Dave's Picks Volume 4

This show has been selected for official release as Dave's Picks, Volume 4, released November 1, 2012. The story goes is that the soundboard recording was recently returned to the Grateful Dead Vault. Audience sources have been in circulation for since this show. The official release contains some audience recordings edited in.
It's a very good show, but not excellent, in my opinion. I guess you really had to be there to really appreciate this release, I was not.

Joined: May 17 2013

I was very dissapointed with this show choice. This was one of the shows that gave the unfounded idea the dead were washed up in 1976. Where the drummers even in the same room as the rest of the band? The perfomance is dismal, the slipknot is painful to listen to, the drummers are so off, then Godchaux is like the high school glee club pianist trying to pull it together. Stella Blue.... is it a waltz, is it in 4, or 6 and half??? There are more tempos than band members. Glad these are numbered so they can all be tracked down and destroyed. Why not release an Orpheum July 76 that are sublime from beginning to end, or a June show? I just found nothing worth sitting through in this show, the jams are ok, but the rest is just a train wreck and painful to listen to. Its clear Jerry and Keith were the only ones who played in a band for the year leading up to this show. Sorry.

Joined: Jul 26 2013
The W&M Parents' Weekend Massacre..

I was a 19 y/o GI down the road at Ft. Eustis-we used to say that it stood for Even Uncle Sam Thinks It Sucks-but in hindsight, there were a lot worse places to earn your VA bennies. Anyway, somebody dragged me to the show-I had listened to their LP's, but never seen them live-to make a long story short, it was the Friday night of Parents' Weekend at W&M-it took the school a long time to recover from the shock of Deadheads descending on their precious college-at the time, W&M was a very conservative institution, and while it had an excellent academic reputation, tended to be seen as a "finishing school" for affluent young Southerners-well, when Mummy and Daddy drove down from Richmond to see how their pride and joy was adjusting to college life, I think they had some unsettling thoughts about where their tuition checks were going....


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College Of William and Mary - September 24, 1976