Grateful Dead

The Barn

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Rio Nido, CA
United States

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river Nest in the Redwood Empire, Highway 101 headin' to Humbolt

Anyone ever at any of the concerts put on here the summer of '69? Quicksilver, the Dead, Big Brother played at least once each. Old Russian River resort, in a brokedown wooden building where the music just soared thru the redwood trees. I can't remember who was playing there the night of the riot (believe it) because I went to the city instead to hear Steve Miller. I had a summer job at the resort, hired as a maid about a week before they opened the place. We were still running around with bolts of material, thumbtacks & electric scissors cutting curtains for the cabins when the Dead showed up in theirs. Those scissors were a little hard to handle before they showed and more so after. I will have to say the job got better. Went to work for the dancehall. Like I say, glad I wasn't there the night of the riot, but Sapphire was in the ticket booth and the owner came running in and told her to "take the money and run", changed his mind and said "I'll take the money, you run". Steve Miller Blues Band was excellent that night. The poster that RollingStone magazine printed in the second Summer of Love, 40 years issue was from one of those shows at the Barn. It wa a headshot with ears for hair. I think RS says the poster is from SF, but at this point I can't believe I just typed all this stuff. All that Alligator and LoveLight, all the time. Still.

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interesting story

that is a very interesting story. why was there a riot? Maybe it had something to do with the war? sounds like a crazy crazy night.

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River Nest in the Redwood Empire, off Highway 101

I put out some misinformation on the original post. Rolling Stone magazine is correct. I looked at the poster again and it is for two concerts in Santa Rosa & the Barn concert. I have the postcard poster of the Barn concert and it is for the Barn only with the same artwork. Sorry there.

As for the riot, as I said no one really had to go into the dancehall because the music sounded just as good outside. Rio Nido is a narrow canyon with beautiful redwood trees. Probably a lot of people hanging outside and the cops got excited and they called in the tac squad. I think thats what they were called, units that formed in police stations all over the country to control protestors. Anyway, they arrived with helmets, body shields & nightsticks and chased people up and down the canyon for awhile. I really can't say I remember to much more, especially since I was told this. One thing, I am pretty sure it was the end of concert promotion career.

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