What a blast.
The US Festival - Labor Day Weekend 1982 The technology faire with a concert added in. Turned out that the concert overshadowed the tech faire. Parking was a madhouse. Freeways were stopped. It was a zoo. On the top of stage there was a big rainbow with the words US across the center...It would be lit up later on during the nights. Massive speaker towers across the meadow. Vendors in the back (I had a vendor full access pass for ins/outs) A big lake in the back, lots of skin. Dusty up front, water cannons would spray when it got too hot. GD added at the last moment. BGP took over at last min too. I was 14 and loved every minute of my "woodstock"
I was at the festival for all three days and the Dead came on first thing Sunday morning. The first words from the stage that day were from Phil Lesh saying "Wake up and spread, it's time for breakfast in bed with the Grateful Dead".Not exactily a steller set from the Dead that day as I recall, but high time all the same.
They played from 9 AM until 1 PM. The temperature was 115 in the shade but there wasn't any shade in sight! Best "Black Peter" I remember seeing, but the rest of the show was kind of a greatest hits set list probably to satisfy all the non Deadheads in the festival audience. The sound system was awesome but only the Dead knew how to use the 500,000 watt sound system to It's fullest potential. (The Cars got it cranking pretty good on Friday night). Fleetwood Mac and Jimmy Buffet followed but by then I was burned out from 3 days of camping and sunshine blotter going around in front of the soundboard.
US Fest was a wake up call for me!!!!!!!!!It's been too strange to list but still think I remember!!