Today in Grateful Dead History: 10.27.71

Onondaga War Memorial
Syracuse, NY

Words By J-man

Grateful Dead Live at Onondaga War Memorial on October 27, 1971.

Set One: Casey Jones, Me And My Uncle, Deal, Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Beat It On Down The Line, Sugaree, Playing In The Band, Comes A Time, Mexicali Blues, Big Railroad Blues, Cumberland Blues, One More Saturday Night

Set Two: Bertha, Me And Bobby McGee, Ramble On Rose, Sugar Magnolia, Brown Eyed Women, Truckin', Not Fade Away -> Drums -> Jam -> Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad -> Not Fade Away

A brief dialing in of the sound and the train left the station with "Casey Jones." Right out of the gate the band sounded tight and in command of the material. Keith Godchaux's piano work tore right through the recording with vigor as "Me and My Uncle" followed with Bobby taking over. As the set progressed like a dream, highlights included "Deal," "Jack Straw," "Tennessee Jed," "Sugaree," "Playing in The Band" and a three song blues run that included "Mexicali Blues," "Big Railroad Blues" and "Cumberland Blues" before closing the set with "One More Saturday Night." As if the first set wasn't already fantastic, the Dead step it up a couple of notches for the second. Highlights include the opening "Bertha," "Ramble on Rose," "Sugar Magnolia" and "Trukin'," however the closing run was the clear highlight of the entire show. "Not Fade Away" goes into an eight minute "Drums>Jam" before transitioning into "Going Down The Road Feeling Bad" into "Not Fade Away" to conclude the experience.


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