Week of August 21, 1995
Since this feature was inaugurated a little over a year ago, I have been getting requests to post the series of programs I produced in 1995 following Jerry Garcia's untimely passing.
Here is the first of those shows, which includes the memorial ceremony that was held at the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park on August 13, four days after Jerry died.
The 2/18/71 "Dark Star Jam" became known as "Beautiful Jam" when it was included in the boxed set So Many Roads (1965-1995). It takes the band from the first-ever live performance of "Wharf Rat" into the second verse of "Dark Star," and it remains to this day one of the most beautiful passages of Grateful Dead improvisation I have ever heard.
P.S. A reader did the research about the poem Paul Kantner read and posted the information below. It's "For The Good Of All" by Otto Rene Castillo. Paul confirmed this in email today, too.
8/13/95 Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
MEMORIAL CEREMONY for Jerry Garcia
Grateful Dead 3/18/95 Spectrum, Philadelphia
IT'S ALL TOO MUCH->
Grateful Dead 2/18/71 Capitol Theatre, Portchester NY
DARK STAR JAM
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