I came out from Tucson and did the JGB run in 1992 and saw this venue. This is such a cozy spot right near the coast. I wish I would have been into the sceene prior to 88 so I could have caught these GD shows. Some good magic came from here (as Ive heard from the tapes I have from here)
During the July 13th FOTM I remember there was a an actual fire on the mountains behind!
Rainbows end down that highway where oceans breezes blow.
Wow...I thought I might have imagined that because I was at that show, too. Glad to know it really happened.One of the best, and dustiest, venues ever to see a Dead show.
When the Dead played there, the stage was set on the North End. But when Jerry or The Other Ones (or Phish) played there the stage was midway through the East grandstand.
Nothing Left to Do But Smile Smile Smile.
Drove up from Encinitas for the weekend. Saturday was mediocre but Sunday July 18, 1982, was the best show I've ever seen! I saw more than 40 Grateful Dead shows but this one was the best and I wasn't high on anything! Unfortunately no Soundboards exist according to Dick Latvala (1996). If they have surfaced since Dick told me that, please let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm almost positive it was this weekend: I was 17 years old, falling in love with a woman named Kelly, watching her as I danced to T. Jed and then prostrating myself in the dustI walked out at the end, before the encore (Brokedown?) and then a ton of people leaving the show headed straight for the water, along the estuary. Lots of naked Dead Heads in the ocean, and seals in the water with them!!! I wasn't hallucinating! It was so frickin' beautiful, with the sun setting and all...and the, viola, there's this Kelly girl who takes my hand as the sunset goes purple, burning....what a weekend.
What a trip !My first Ventura show ! Please do random acts of kindness !
The girl I was dating (Cindy Munson) took me to this show - I was not ver familiar with the Dead but she was a big fan who had already spun many records for me so I would get it but, it wasn't until the actual live experience that I did. I too remember the fires burning that weekend & the incredible camp-out experience. The many bands that played late into the night thru-out the campground, the guys who showed movies all weekend like Yellow Submarine, Reefer Madness & Airplane Glue I Love You - everyone was so friendly (even watched bikers stop the only fight I saw telling the opponents that they had come for a weekend of peace and did not want to see any violence). The Dead introduced me to incredible live music that day & I couldn't have asked for a more perfect first show (Terrapin sealed it for me). I kept going for another 5 years after that until Touch of Grey crowds scared me off after ''89. Russ
Me and my friends drove all the way from Glendale, Arizona, and this was my first Dead Show! It was a blast! I was wondering around in a top hat checkin out the scene, and I run into these two VERY beautiful girls! One was blond with beautiful freckles, and the other was this gorgeous brown-eyed woman from Brazil. I was the perfect gentleman the whole time; let them use my tent, gave 'em a ride around with my friends, and let 'em use the shower in the hotel room. I even found their stuff they lost on the beach and brought it to them at the Denny's! Ya great times! I wonder what those two beauties are doin now?
Before I saw the Dead live at this, my first show, I used to say to my boyfriend, "Why is is that all we ever listen to is this bootleg GD sh*t?" Well, he bought tix for us to go both days and like they say, "the bus came by and I got on and that's where it all began..."
Love this show and getting it in the face from a pretty gild with a squirt bottle of blotter was not a bad way to go either!
This show was so fun, went up with team bent and had a blast, remember swimming in the ocean and smoking funny cigs and we all dived down under the waves and circled round and meditated for a full minute underwater! was a really killer show.
Was the center of my calendar year through most of the '80s
It was the Best of Times!!