Today in Grateful Dead History: RFK Stadium 1973

Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
Washington, DC

Words By J-man

This show from RFK on June 9th, 1973 featured The Dead, The Allman Bros and Gentle Giant in what was by many accounts an extremely memorable night! The party started early and by the end of the evening, folks had drank RFK out of alcohol, triggering multiple beer runs by stoic fans. On the music side of things, the Wall of Sound made for a large-scale production that felt like a spectacle. This soundboard recording captured the evening's huge sound really well.

Grateful Dead Live at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium on June 9, 1973.

Set One: Promised Land, Deal, Looks Like Rain, They Love Each Other, Jack Straw, Loose Lucy, Mexicali Blues, Row Jimmy, El Paso, Box Of Rain, Sugaree, Beat It On Down The Line, Tennessee Jed, Greatest Story Ever Told, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider He's Gone-> Truckin'-> Playin' In The Band

Set Two: Loser, Me & My Uncle, Mississippi Half Step, Big River, Eyes Of The World-> China Doll

Encore: Sugar Magnolia

Highlights from the show include "They Love Each Other," "Jack Straw," "Sugaree," "China Cat > I Know You Rider," "He's Gone > Truckin' > Playing in The Band," "Eyes of The World" & "Sugar Magnolia." The Dead's sweet sound was elevated by several severe spacey moments in this fantastic performance!



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