Today in Grateful Dead History: Ventura, CA 1985


Ventura County Fairgrounds
Ventura, CA

Words By J-man


Grateful Dead Live at Ventura County Fairgrounds on July 14, 1985.



Set One: Hell In A Bucket, They Love Each Other, My Brother Esau, Althea, Cassidy, Big Railroad Blues-> Looks Like Rain-> Might As Well

Set Two: China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Samson & Delilah-> Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Truckin'-> Smokestack Lightning-> Black Peter-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away

Encore: Day Job

1985 brought a burst of energy to The Grateful Dead and this show from The Ventura County Fairgrounds in 1985 is a perfect example of the energizing force in action. The first set kicks off with the Bob Weir led "Hell in A Bucket" followed by the ever so beautiful "They Love Each Other." Additional first set highlights include "Althea," "Cassidy" and "Might As Well." The first set builds up at a fantastic pace, with the second set beginning with "China Cat" > "I Know You Rider." The band had a clear hop in their step at this point in time with second set highlights including "Samson and Delilah," "Estimated Prophet," "Eyes of The World," an extended "Space" and "Not Fade Away."

The energy, the sound quality and the song selection all make this the perfect pick for our "Saturday Dead" and consequently "Today in Grateful Dead History!" Start at the beginning, click play and let this show from 1985 help to fuel your Saturday!

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