June 30, 2018

The Proto-Solomon Jazz Jam

In 1972 and ’73, a unique jazzy riff could be heard in many Other Ones and Dark Stars, introduced by Phil Lesh and developed into a recognizable theme jam by the Dead. It was born in the late summer of ’72, gradually altered and changed shape until reaching its fullest form in the summer of ’73, then passed away that fall. It’s never really had a good name to identify it, so for convenience I’m calling it the Proto-Solomon Jazz Jam.

Why that title? The origins of the proto-Solomon jam are hotly disputed. There are a couple possible antecedents Phil may have derived it from:

Footprints, the Wayne shorter composition (on the Miles Smiles album), which Phil quotes in the 4-11-72 Truckin’:

Or, the bridge bassline from Clementine, which Phil nabbed from Coltrane’s version of Greensleeves (on the Africa/Brass album). He plays it in the 11-19-72 Dark Star:
After a brief tease at 6:50, Phil starts the Clementine bassline at 8:50 and plays it off and on for a couple minutes.

Both pieces are in 6/8 time, and in Phil’s playing each is similar to the other (more than to the originals!), and sound related to the proto-Solomon jam. He may have come up with the new riff by playing around with either of these, or perhaps found it independently since he liked this kind of riff enough to play several different forms of it.

Although he stopped playing it after 1973, did the proto-Solomon theme evolve into anything else? I’ve thought it might be an early version of the Stronger Than Dirt riff – which is not quite the same, but then the proto-Solomon jam went through several forms onstage over the course of a year, and sometimes sounds awfully close to Stronger Than Dirt:   

Some call the repeated riff that ends Eyes of the World in 1973-74 “Stronger Than Dirt,” and the themes are similar (they’re repeated pairs of lines in 7/8 time), but they are separate riffs. See:
In some ways Stronger Than Dirt is a mashup of both earlier riffs, combining elements of both – given that Phil played all these variations on similar themes, it’s probably not possible to draw a straight line from one to the next and nail down their genealogy.

On the other hand, Phil might have just gotten the basic idea for Stronger Than Dirt from the Ajax TV commercial!

In any case, on the Blues for Allah album, Stronger Than Dirt was folded into a larger piece, inscrutably titled King Solomon’s Marbles, and even given a subtitle, Milkin’ the Turkey – as with Anthem of the Sun, it seems the Dead went wild naming subdivisions of their songs for the album, until no one could tell what name went with which piece.  
http://whitegum.com/~acsa/introjs.htm?/~acsa/songfile/KINGSOLO.HTM
Hence, the Proto-Solomon’s Jam seems as appropriate a title for the earlier theme as anything.

This is a list of all the known versions of the proto-Solomon jam.
I checked most shows from August 1972 through December 1973, and I’m pretty certain these are all the significant times the theme was played in that period. But if I’ve overlooked any instances, please comment!
I did not check Playing in the Band, so it’s possible Phil might have played the theme in those jams occasionally too, though I’ve never come across it there.
I didn’t list brief teases, only times when Phil plays the riff for at least ten seconds. There were plenty of other times when he’d flit through it in a few seconds, and these were not worth listing.
Timings are approximate and may vary.


1972

The theme first emerges in August 1972. 
8-24-72 Dark Star - Phil plays a clear early version near the end, starting around 22:00, off and on for a few minutes. (He inserts a pause in the middle of the riff, so it comes out in a jerky 7/8 rhythm.)
https://archive.org/details/gd72-08-24.sbd.miller.18093.sbeok.shnf

Phil also teases the riff in other shows:
In the 8/20/72 Other One, Phil plays it clearly but briefly around 17:20. At this point it almost sounds like the Seven (which he quotes a minute later). Then in the 8/25/72 Other One, there are a couple hints, most clearly around 8:10, but he only plays it for about 15 seconds.
https://archive.org/details/gd1972-08-20.sbd.miller.83733.flac16  
https://archive.org/details/gd1972-08-25.sbd.miller.92840.sbeok.flac16

In September it's played as a bouncy six-note riff in 6/8 time, but Phil switches it to a 5/4 line later in the fall, with mixed results.
9-19-72 Other One – Starts at 3:50 and keeps going for a couple minutes in a strong full-band jam; they switch to the Other One riff at 6:05.

9-23-72 Other One – First appears at 3:40, Phil plays it for about 15 seconds in scattered fashion; it returns at 7:10, more firmly stated in a band jam that lasts about a minute, and is then reprised at 9:05, continuing for another minute until around 10:00 it blends into an Other One jam. Phil doesn’t stick to the same line throughout, he keeps varying it.

A couple short teases:
9-28-72 Other One – After the verse, around 17:10 Phil plays the riff for about 20 seconds, then moves on. (He repeats it more quietly for a bit at 18:40 but drops it again.)
9-30-72 Other One – In the bass/drum solo, Phil plays the line at 12:25 for about 10 seconds, but passes right over it. (Note that at 13:40 he plays an early version of the end-of-Eyes of the World riff, for about 15 seconds.)

The theme then disappears in October ’72, except for one show:
10-27-72 Other One – Starts at 3:45 and continues in a neat little band jam until it dissolves into an Other One jam at 4:30. This one’s distinctive since it’s played in a slower, swinging 3/4 waltz time.

In the November ’72, the theme recurs in a few shows:
11-14-72 Other One – Phil starts it at 2:10 and continues for about 30 seconds. He sounds like he’s trying to remember how the line goes, or has reconfigured it, and it’s played in loose 5/4 time now. It returns briefly at 3:20 for ten seconds, then again at 4:50 for about 20 seconds, then again after the verse at 7:30, and continues off and on until about 8:50, mingling with Other One lines. The last time around, the band finally joins him in the jam. Phil sounds more stiff now that he’s playing the clipped 5/4 line, compared to the earlier bouncy 6/8 version.

11-17-72 Other One – Starts at 8:45 and continues to about 9:15, with Weir joining Phil, then comes back from 9:40-10:20 in a hot stretch of the jam; and then again after 10:50, Phil keeps repeating it for the next minute, but the others don’t join him. (He throws it in again for 15 seconds at 15:15, then again very briefly at 18:40.) The riff is still in 5/4 time, and despite Phil dropping it into the jam repeatedly, it doesn’t really take with the rest of the band this time.

It’s teased in the 11-22-72 Other One, at 7:50, but only for about 15 seconds.

Then the theme vanishes through December, until the last show of the year:
12-31-72 Other One – Coming out of the bass/drums solo, Phil introduces the theme in 5/4 and the band plays a solid little jam around it until it gradually dissolves into the Other One after a couple minutes (0:00-1:55). At this point it still wasn’t a distinctive theme jam so much as an occasional part of the Other One.


1973

Over the winter and spring of ’73, the jam’s structure becomes more settled as the rhythm changes. In time, it becomes obvious the band has prepared parts for this theme, it’s not fully improvised – Weir usually doubles Phil’s line (or tries), and Garcia frequently plays the same licks each time. Eventually, the jam resembles Eyes in a way, as Phil will repeat his riff a few times, then ‘float’ on one chord for a while before returning to the riff again.

The theme shows up several times in the February/March tour:
2-19-73 Other One – A short but sweet little band jam in 5/4, from 12:55-13:20.

2-21-73 Truckin' – Starts at 10:00; Phil plays it in a halting 5/4 rhythm like he’s practicing the line, and it starts and stops until about 12:00. The band drops out right away so it’s mostly just a bass/drum solo.

2-26-73 Dark Star – In a moment of silence at 10:15, Phil introduces the theme in 5/4, and the band gradually comes in. He pauses at 11:10, then resumes the riff in 6/8 time (adding an extra note – it’s more angular than the ’72 version). This time the band coheres immediately around the theme and they jam on it until 16:20, when Garcia returns to the Dark Star theme. The first full-fledged Solomon’s Jazz Jam. (The playing here reminds me of Dave Brubeck’s ‘Take Five’ – is Garcia quoting the melody?)

2-28-73 Other One – Starts at 4:40, back in 5/4 again. The band dives right into this one and it’s a nice jam, but ends around 6:00 when they return to the Other One theme.

3-15-73 Other One – Starts at 2:45 in a nice little band jam in 5/4 that shifts back to the Other One at 3:20. Then from 4:45 to about 5:50, Phil blends the line into the Other One jam in a very effective way – it actually sounds like it belongs this time, rather than sticking out.

3-21-73 Dark Star – Phil starts teasing it at 6:40, then fully starts it at 7:10, in 5/4 again. The rest of the band rather chaotically tries to join him, but it never comes together. (You can hear someone shouting, maybe an audience member: “Yeah, Phil!”) Phil keeps trying until about 8:20, but Garcia takes them into the Dark Star theme instead.

3-22-73 Other One – Phil teases it at 6:45 for about ten seconds, but there’s a full version from 11:05-11:30. The rest of the band doesn’t really try to join in, so it dies quickly. But this version is important since it’s finally in 6/8 time, and sounds very much like Stronger Than Dirt.

The theme returns briefly in May:
5-13-73 Other One – Just a tease: Phil plays it briefly at 6:45 in shifting time, for only about 15 seconds – it returns for a bit after 7:40, and Phil even switches to a different, higher key around 8:00, but then drops it.

5-20-73 post-Nobody's Fault jam – Phil blends the line into the jam around 5:15. Hard to say just when it “ends” as the bass-line changes but the jazzy jam keeps going.

In June the theme reaches its peak as the band finally plays several lengthy, fully-formed versions:

6-10-73 Dark Star – Phil keeps teasing it for about a minute after 4:55, but the band doesn’t commit, and by 6:20 it’s dropped. Coming out of the bass solo at 10:00 is a full-fledged band version in 6/8, but it only lasts a minute and ends at 11:05. (The band then works up a nice upbeat melodic jam.)

6-22-73 Truckin' – Phil hints it at 22:05, then commits to the theme at 23:00 for a full band jam. This is a very loose version in shifting time – Phil starts it in 5/4, then switches to 6/8. It continues until 26:00, when they head for the Other One.  

6-24-73 Dark Star – Starting at 6:20, this is a faster, more solid and assured version. The guitarists jump in and are committed, and they jam on the theme at length. (Keith seems to sit out until 11:30.) It’s in 6/8 throughout – that is, the bass-line is, but at times Phil will wander around in free time before resuming the riff. It finally winds down around 13:00, and Phil brings the jam to a finish at 13:55; a drum solo ensues.

6-29-73 Other One – There’s a brief Phil hint at :55, but a full-fledged band jam starts at 3:20. It’s very much like the 6-24 version, very structured and mainly staying in 6/8. (But this time, Keith drops out after 5:00!) It breaks down sooner, and the theme finishes at 6:40 as they move on to unstructured jamming.

7-1-73 Other One – There’s a brief ten-second Phil tease at 1:45, but the full band jam starts at 6:20. This is a lot like the last two versions, structured in 6/8 again, but it’s more loose and energetic tonight. (Keith is present throughout.) It continues to 9:30, then Phil switches to the Other One riff. (Just before the switch, he plays a couple shortened lines that sound just like Stronger Than Dirt.)

7-31-73 Truckin' – Coming out of the bass/drums break at 10:45, Phil starts the theme in 6/8; the rest of the band joins in for a loose little jam, not quite the Solomon’s Jazz Jam. Phil drifts out of the bass-line after about 11:15, and the jam ends a minute later.

After that, the theme is heard infrequently in the September & October tours. Over the next couple months, Phil gradually alters the riff again:

9-7-73 Truckin’ – After Garcia starts the Other One riff, Phil pushes his own riff in at 10:10, and the others try joining in, but it’s a scattered mess and they abandon it at 10:35 for a drum solo. Phil briefly toys with it again at 3:15 in the Other One jam, an interesting moment since he drops the line after a few seconds, but Garcia & Weir keep playing what sound like their theme parts for a little while longer until it transforms back to an Other One jam.

9-11-73 Dark Star – The band is vamping away without Garcia; Phil drops in his 6/8 riff at 10:55, and they others join right in and play it for about 40 seconds. This is notable as a Garcia-less version (they’ve fizzled out by the time he comes back at 11:50), and is pretty unremarkable.

9-21-73 Other One – Starting at 5:40, this is a fast, very loose version that doesn't stay in 6/8 but often sounds more like free time. It’s not very tight (Weir sounds rather lost and Phil is low in the mix), but the jam gets hotter as Garcia turns up the energy. It continues up to 9:40, then fades away. (Also note Garcia's great rhythmic riff after 10:30, which Weir turns into a Mind Left Body jam.)

10-23-73 Other One – Teased briefly by Phil at :20, for about 15 seconds, it returns at 1:20 and lasts until about 1:50 before dissolving into the Other One jam. A fast, loose version that actually sounds more like Slipknot in its short duration. Phil is not sticking to the familiar bass-line anymore.

10-30-73 Dark Star – Starting at 6:20, this is another loose & flexible version. It’s no longer in 6/8 or any regular time, and Phil plays around with the bass-line more with lots of variations. Mostly low-key, it gradually heats up, but the band calls a halt around 11:30 and heads in a different direction.

The theme’s last significant appearance is in November:
11-14-73 Truckin' – Starting at 11:45, Phil plays it only until 12:05. This time it sounds just like the old Clementine riff sped-up! (You could hear the previous October versions heading in this direction.) He hints at it again for just a few seconds at 16:10 in Truckin’, as they pass into the Other One; then it briefly pops up again at 4:45 in the second Other One.

After that, there were only a few brief teases of the Solomon's jazz jam for the rest of the year. Judging by its last few performances, the band had lost much enthusiasm for this theme. I don't think it was ever played as a full jam in 1974. (The 2-23-74 Other One has the last hint that I heard.) But if anyone hears it in later shows, let me know!  

June 19, 2018

1967 Mystery Show Photos

Compiling the list of 1967 shows, I came across photos of several shows that are unknown and undated. I thought I'd post the photos here, in case any readers have clues about the dates!

The first show - in the Panhandle, April or May 1967:


We can generally narrow down a date range for a photo by the instruments the Dead are playing, which changed from month to month. This show was played sometime between 4/9/67 and 5/29/67. The Dead might have played in the park any number of times that spring, but one tempting date was 5/14/67, when Jefferson Airplane are known to have played in the Panhandle with "others" - and photos show the Airplane's truck parked close to the same spot:




But it turns out the Dead photo is from a different day, since they weren't mentioned in a news report of the May 14 show. (For that matter, these Airplane photos may be from a different date as well.)

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The second show - in the Spreckels Bandshell, Golden Gate Park, summer 1967:


This distant photo doesn't help with even an approximate date, except for the season, but the "Jazz Rock Concert" was clearly a scheduled event, likely with other bands playing as well. The San Francisco Examiner probably had a listing for the concert which can be found - although the Dead may have substituted for a different band.

UPDATE:
This concert was on July 6. An Examiner listing has been found:

"ANOTHER JAZZ-ROCK
Once again tomorrow, from 1 to 3 p.m., another in The Examiner's summer-long free jazz-rock concerts will be held in the band concourse at Golden Gate Park.
Featured band will be the famous Warner Brothers' recording stars the Grateful Dead, acclaimed as one of the foremost groups in the hard blues-rock tradition known around the world as the "San Francisco Sound."
Joining with the Dead will be the Mt. Rushmore group, among the strongest of the newcomers on the local rock-concert scene and recent participants on another peak, Mount Tamalpais.
Be our guests: bring the kids, a picnic lunch, and enjoy your park, and your music.
Joining The Examiner as sponsors are the San Francisco Youth Association and the Recreation and Park Department." 
(from the S.F. Examiner, July 5, 1967)

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The third show - somewhere in August/September 1967:


This photo was published in the Taping Compendium, labeled only "Paloma, California, circa 1967." The photographer was Don Snyder (who published a similar shot in his 1979 book Aquarian Odyssey).
There is no chance the Dead ever played in the town of Paloma, though if the label's right, it's possible they might have played in some venue or area called "Paloma" or "La Paloma," of which there are many in California. Snyder was visiting the Bay Area from New York and didn't necessarily keep a good record of where he took his photos; but he definitely photographed Chocolate George's wake in Golden Gate Park on 8/28/67, so this show is thought to be near that date.
If it's not from an unknown show, it could possibly be from one of the Lake Tahoe shows the previous weekend, or from Rio Nido the next weekend. I'm uncertain how far outside San Francisco Snyder would have traveled, though.

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The fourth show - in Golden Gate Park, June or July 1967. This was a large event with many photographers present:








Considering the size of the crowd, other bands probably played as well. Jack and Jorma from Jefferson Airplane were there, though I don't know of any photos of the Airplane playing:


There was at least one mystery player who appeared on stage before the Dead:



These photos were formerly thought to come from the 6/21/67 Summer Solstice festival in the park, until film of the Dead's actual 6/21/67 performance appeared. So this show was played sometime between then and the brief Northwest tour in mid-July. No Golden Gate Park appearance is known in that time range, though it's surprising that an event this size never appeared on any Dead show lists. (Whenever some of these photos are posted online, they're generally labeled as the January Be-In, which is not the case.) My speculation is that this was some forgotten Fourth of July celebration in the park.

If anyone knows what dates these shows might be from, please comment!

June 9, 2018

1967 Show List

There is currently no single, accurate page where all the Grateful Dead shows and tapes from 1967 are listed. Setlist sources like deadlists and deadbase are considerably out of date, and recent tape and date discoveries are scattered across several sites, so I decided it was necessary to provide a simple complete show list for the year.

Over 140 Dead shows are known from 1967, though there were certainly more forgotten shows played. We have substantial recordings from 14 shows (10% of the shows played), along with a few brief snippets from others – by far the worst-represented year in Dead taping history. (Owsley did not tape the Dead this year, except for the Rio Nido show.)

There are many false reports of Dead shows this year that weren’t actually played. To help the unwary I’ve listed some of these, and some previous dating errors are noted. As with 1966, there are some shows that have circulated with the wrong dates or no known dates. But the chronology here is as accurate as possible, though revisions may continue as more lost clues are found. Discoveries were still being made literally up to this day!

Along with the tapes, I’ve also included the many short film fragments that exist from the year. All the known songs played are listed – other than a handful of tapes, the setlists here are partial and incomplete. When available, there are links to newspaper reviews, Lost Live Dead pages, or other resources.


1967

1/1/67 Panhandle, San Francisco (Sun.)
Free show, “New Year’s Day Wail.”

1/6/67 Freeborn Hall, U of California, Davis (Fri.)  

1/13/67a Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley (Fri.) (early show)
Opened for the Mamas & the Papas.
SONG: It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

1/13/67b Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco (Fri.)

1/14/67a Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (Sat.)  
Human Be-In, free show.  
TAPE:
Dancing in the Streets
Viola Lee Blues
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (w/ Charles Lloyd)
FILM:
(Morning Dew is not from this show; it appears to be from October ’68. Dancing in the Streets is only seen on film, not the circulating audio.)

1/14/67b Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco (Sat.)  

1/15/67 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco (Sun.)  
Afternoon show.

(The 1/19/67 Stanford Daily reported that the Dead and the Loading Zone had agreed to play in support of a student protest that morning in front of University Hall at UC Berkeley. The Dead didn’t play, but the Loading Zone did.)

1/20/67 Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica (Fri.)   
With Timothy Leary.

1/22/67 Unknown Location
Possible show, per Lost Live Dead.

1/27/67 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco (Fri.)  
(This show was not recorded. See October ‘67.)
1/28/67 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco (Sat.)

1/29/67 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco (Sun.)  
SF Krishna Temple benefit.

1/30 – 2/4/67 RCA Studio A, Hollywood
Studio album sessions. Some outtakes circulate.
TAPE:
Alice D. Millionaire*
Overseas Stomp*
Tastebud*
Cream Puff War
I Know You Rider (inst.)
Cold Rain & Snow (inst.)
Sittin’ on Top of the World (inst.)
King Bee (inst.)
Down So Long (inst.)
New Minglewood Blues (inst.)
Death Don’t Have No Mercy (inst.)* 
(* - released as bonus tracks to the first album, dated 2/2/67. Alternate takes of Viola Lee Blues may also exist. The single, Golden Road, was recorded later in February at Coast Recorders in San Francisco.)

2/5/67 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco (Sun.)  
US Strike Committee benefit – the Dead may not have played.

2/10/67 Santa Venetia Armory, San Rafael (Fri.)  
Substituted for Sopwith Camel.

2/12/67 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco (Sun.)  
Council for Civic Unity benefit.
(Old tapes with this date are misdated from 11/19/66.)

2/24/67 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco (Fri.)
2/25/67 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco (Sat.)
2/26/67 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco (Sun.)
Afternoon show on the 26th.

3/3/67 Winterland, San Francisco (Fri.)  
“The First Annual Love Circus.” The Dead’s first Winterland show.

3/5/67 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco (Sun.)  
Straight Theater benefit.

3/10/67 Whisky A-Go-Go, San Francisco (Fri.) 
3/11/67 Whisky A-Go-Go, San Francisco (Sat.)
3/12/67 Whisky A-Go-Go, San Francisco (Sun.)
3/14/67 Whisky A-Go-Go, San Francisco (Tue.)
3/15/67 Whisky A-Go-Go, San Francisco (Wed.)
3/16/67 Whisky A-Go-Go, San Francisco (Thu.)
The Dead apparently didn’t play on Monday the 13th, which was advertised as “Latin night” with another band. They were booked through the 16th, but a newspaper ad on the 15th says “last times tonight,” so it’s uncertain which date was the last.

Feb/March ’67 – 710 Ashbury
Jerry Garcia Interview by Randy Groenke & Mike Cramer

March ’67 – KMPX-FM
Jerry Garcia/Bob Weir Interview by Larry Miller – taped for 3/20/67 broadcast

3/17/67 Winterland, San Francisco (Fri.)   
Opening for Chuck Berry on the 17th-19th.

3/18/67a unknown venue, Napa (Sat.)  
The Dead were announced for a teen dance, possibly in the afternoon, but it’s uncertain whether they played.

3/18/67b Winterland, San Francisco (Sat.)
TAPE:
I
Me & My Uncle
Next Time You See Me
He Was A Friend Of Mine
Smokestack Lightning
Morning Dew
It Hurts Me Too
Beat It On Down The Line
Dancing in the Streets
II
Golden Road
Cream Puff War
The Same Thing
Cold Rain & Snow
Viola Lee Blues
Death Don’t Have No Mercy

3/19/67 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco (Sun.)  
Afternoon show.

3/20/67 Fugazi Hall, San Francisco (Mon.)
Album release party; power failure ended show early.

Mid-March ’67, Teenage Fair, Exposition Center, Oakland
Possible show, per Lost Live Dead.

3/24/67 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco (Fri.)
3/25/67 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco (Sat.)
3/26/67 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco (Sun.)
SONG: Viola Lee Blues (on the 24th or 25th)
With a guest set by the Animals on 3/26.  
The Dead’s last shows at the Avalon until October ’68 (other than a March ’68 benefit).

(Some sources say the Dead played in the Panhandle on March 26 following a street rally, but I believe this has been conflated with similar events on April 9.)

3/28/67 The Rock Garden, San Francisco (Tue.)
3/29/67 The Rock Garden, San Francisco (Wed.)
3/30/67 The Rock Garden, San Francisco (Thu.)
3/31/67 The Rock Garden, San Francisco (Fri.)
4/1/67 The Rock Garden, San Francisco (Sat.)
4/2/67 The Rock Garden, San Francisco (Sun.)
With Charles Lloyd.

4/8/67 KPIX-TV Studio, San Francisco (Sat.)  
TAPE:
Cream Puff War
Walkin’ Blues (fragment) 
Part of “The Maze: Liverpool USA,” broadcast on May 16. Video does not circulate, though fragments are seen in Dead films. The Dead appeared on other KPIX TV shows in spring ’67 (like the Tempo program on March 4, lip-syncing a song on POW!, and doing music for “Kama Sutra II” on KQED, 4/26/67), but those do not survive. 

Other assorted film clips -
Footage of 710 Ashbury on “The Maze,” broadcast 2/21/67: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC5KQsrPZmA
“Whicker’s World” (a BBC show), March/April ‘67: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA-qYswr-0U (Golden Road)
“Petulia”, April/May ’67: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8kWzzlfhkE (Viola Lee)
Robert Nelson’s experimental “Grateful Dead” film was partly shot during their Russian River stay at the end of May, but features other unidentifiable bits of footage too, including a live show and a rehearsal space. (At 2:40 there’s a snatch from the 4/8/67 Maze TV show.)

4/9/67a Panhandle, San Francisco (Sun.)
Free show.
FILM:
Dancing in the Streets
Caution
Unknown blues song
King Bee
Viola Lee Blues
Gloria (possibly)

There are many brief film clips from this show:

Dancing from a b&w news clip, dated 4/20/67 (possibly a broadcast date) - part one and part two.

Part of Dancing from what seems to be this show was also shown on “The Hippie Temptation,” broadcast on CBS News Reports, 8/22/67:

Alternate poor-audio news footage:
Clip 1 (muffled Caution/King Bee/Viola Lee fragments)
Clip 2 (1st 20 seconds are very muffled Viola Lee, then stage announcer)
Clip 3 (blues song/King Bee/Viola Lee fragments)

For the fanatic completists: This clip has 5 extra seconds of the unknown blues song at :39; and this clip starts with 6 seconds of what sounds like Gloria – both in wretched sound.

4/9/67b Longshoreman’s Hall, San Francisco (Sun.)
Spring Mobilization to End the War benefit.

4/11/67 San Quentin Prison, San Quentin (Tues.)
An undated handbill says, “People from the Mobius Band, Country Joe & the Fish, the Grateful Dead will jam outside the walls of San Quentin.” Little else is known of this daytime event, so the full Dead may not have played. 

4/12/67 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco (Wed.)
Mime Troupe benefit.
SONGS:
Golden Road
Viola Lee Blues

4/14/67 Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles (Fri.)
4/15/67 Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles (Sat.)
4/16/67 Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles (Sun.)
The shows were moved from the Kaleidoscope to the Embassy Room (aka “Banana Grove”) in the hotel. Contra Deadbase, there is no evidence for an April 17 show.

(Emmett Grogan’s book “Ringolevio,” p.363-65, described a large nighttime free show put on by the Diggers in the Panhandle on a Friday night in April, the “Outlaw Mutation Boogie” with the Dead, Big Brother, and Country Joe playing. This show is reported nowhere else and was probably not played outside the pages of this book.)

Last week of April ’67 KMPX-FM
Jerry Garcia & Phil Lesh Guest DJ on Tom Donahue’s show
(The show includes an ad for an April 28 Avalon show “this weekend.”)

4/28/67 Stockton Ballroom, Stockton (Fri.)
SONGS:
Viola Lee Blues
Golden Road
Cream Puff War

4/29/67 Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara (Sat.)
SONG: Viola Lee Blues

4/30/67 The Cheetah, Santa Monica (Sun.) (two shows, 3pm & 8pm) 

April/May '67 Panhandle, San Francisco (Sun.)
An otherwise unknown show from this period is seen in this photo, suggesting that the Dead may well have played more free shows in the park than we know about. Ralph Gleason stated in the May 12 Chronicle that Jefferson Airplane and others would play the Panhandle on the 14th, but a review of that show does not mention the Dead, so this could have been any weekend.

May ’67 Rendezvous Inn, San Francisco
The Dead played “a brief series of Monday nights” here, per McNally – if it was on Mondays, possible shows may have been on May 1, 8, 15 & 22. Dates are conjectural and it’s not known how often the Dead played there: Garcia remembered just one show, and one patron recalled shows being on Sundays, the Dead alternating weeks with another band.

(From William Hjortsberg's "Jubilee Hitchhiker: the Life & Times of Richard Brautigan":  
"In mid-May 1967, Brautigan took part in a San Francisco State Writer's Conference, a three-day event at Camp Loma Mar in Pescadero, a small seaside town twenty miles north of Santa Cruz. Over fifty local writers had been invited to participate... After three days of sunshine, readings, workshops, and literary chit-chat, the conference ended with a 'Festival of Feeling' for which the Grateful Dead provided music." (p.308)
I don’t think the Dead played any such event, as there’s no other trace of this, but it’s fun to contemplate.
)

5/5/67 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco (Fri.)
(This show was not recorded. See 9/29/67.)
5/6/67 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco (Sat.)
5/7/67 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco (Sun.)
The Sunday afternoon show is not on the poster, but was listed in the Chronicle.
The Dead’s last shows at Bill Graham’s Fillmore Auditorium.

5/12/67 Marigold Ballroom, Fresno (Fri.) (two shows, 9:45 & 11:15pm)
SONGS: possibly Golden Road, New Minglewood Blues, Viola Lee Blues

5/18/67 Awalt High School, Mountain View (Thu.)  
Afternoon show in the gym.
SONGS:
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Louie Louie

5/20/67 Continental Ballroom, Santa Clara (Sat.)
SONG: Morning Dew

(The Dead were scheduled to play the Avalon Ballroom the weekend of May 26-28, but were replaced by other bands for reasons unknown. They were rehearsing at the Warnecke ranch that week.)

5/28/67 Panhandle, San Francisco (Sun.)
Free show, per Peter Vincent’s “Sixties Diary,” if it can be trusted.  

5/29/67 Napa County Fairgrounds, Napa (Mon.)
SONGS:
Viola Lee Blues
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Cold Rain & Snow
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

5/30/67 Winterland, San Francisco (Tue.)
HALO benefit.

6/1/67a Tompkins Square Park, New York City (Thu.)
Free show.
SONGS:
Golden Road
Dancing in the Street
Midnight Hour
Beat It On Down The Line
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Cold Rain & Snow
Morning Dew
Viola Lee Blues
FILM: http://www.itnsource.com/en/shotlist/RTV/1967/06/02/BGY506190017/ (dead link – b&w news clip included bits of BIODTL & Schoolgirl)  

6/1/67b Cafe au Go Go, New York City (Thu.)
6/2/67 Cafe au Go Go, New York City (Fri.)

6/3/67a SUNY Gym, Stony Brook, New York (Sat.)

6/3/67b Cafe au Go Go, New York City (Sat.)
6/4/67 Cafe au Go Go, New York City (Sun.)
6/5/67 Cafe au Go Go, New York City (Mon.)
6/6/67 Cafe au Go Go, New York City (Tue.)
SONGS:
I’m A King Bee
It Hurts Me Too
The Same Thing
Big Boss Man
Alligator
Midnight Hour
Beat It On Down The Line
Me & My Uncle
New Minglewood Blues
Don’t Ease Me In
Cold Rain & Snow
Viola Lee Blues
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
6/7/67 Cafe au Go Go, New York City (Wed.)
SONG: Viola Lee Blues

6/8/67a Central Park, New York City (Thu.)
Free show.

6/8/67b Cafe au Go Go, New York City (Thu.)
6/9/67 Cafe au Go Go, New York City (Fri.)
6/10/67 Cafe au Go Go, New York City (Sat.)
6/11/67 Cafe au Go Go, New York City (Sun.)

6/12/67 The Cheetah, New York City (Mon.)

6/15/67 Straight Theater, San Francisco (Thu.)
Private “Straight Theater Christening” party.

6/16/67 The Hullabaloo, Los Angeles (Fri.) (two shows, 8pm & 1am)  

6/18/67 Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey (Sun.)
Pop Festival.
TAPE:
Cold Rain & Snow
Viola Lee Blues
Alligator >
Caution (w/ harmonica player)
FILM:
Viola Lee may have been the only Dead song filmed.
Surprisingly, the Dead as a band did not play on the free stage set up at the Monterey Peninsula College athletic field, though various musicians came and went.

(The Dead were booked to play a run at the opening of the Ambassador Theater in Washington DC, June 20-24, but per one source, “The Dead’s equipment arrived, but unfortunately the city pulled the [theater] permit at the last minute.”)

6/21/67 Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (Wed.)
Summer Solstice free show.
SONGS:
Viola Lee Blues
Alligator
FILM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEejp5_UMyQ&t=50m10s (Alligator w/ harmonica player, from the CBC documentary “The Way It Was”) 

6/28/67 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland (Wed.)  
Late June/Early July ’67 Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Photos exist of the Dead playing a crowded Golden Gate Park on a chilly day during this time period (here are some examples), but the date has not yet been found.

July ’67? Unknown location
Studio rehearsal session.
TAPE: Turn On Your Lovelight
(This tape circulated as “11/19/67;” the actual date is unknown, but it must precede late July.)

7/2/67 El Camino Park, Palo Alto (Sun.)
Be-In, free show.
SONGS:
Dancing in the Street
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2015/06/july-2-1967-el-camino-park-palo-alto-ca.html

7/6/67 Spreckels Bandshell, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (Thu.)
The Dead played one of the SF Examiner-sponsored “summer jazz rock concerts,” seen in this photo. 

7/13/67 PNE Agrodome, Vancouver, BC (Thu.)

7/14/67 Dante’s Inferno, Vancouver, BC (Fri.) 
7/15/67 Dante’s Inferno, Vancouver, BC (Sat.)

7/16/67a Golden Gardens Beach, Seattle, WA (Sun.)
Be-In, free show.
Silent film clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=UGV1BxiegKg&t=22s (only a few seconds, labeled 9/9)

7/16/67b Eagles Auditorium, Seattle, WA (Sun.)

7/18/67 Masonic Temple, Portland, OR (Tue.)
SONGS:
Golden Road
Turn On Your Lovelight (possibly)

7/21/67 Continental Ballroom, Santa Clara (Fri.)
7/22/67 Continental Ballroom, Santa Clara (Sat.)
SONGS:
Viola Lee Blues
Morning Dew
Golden Road
New Minglewood Blues
[He Was A Friend Of Mine?]
Midnight Hour

7/23/67 Straight Theater, San Francisco (Sun.)  
TAPE:
Neal Cassady rap (w/ Lovelight jam > Space) >
Turn On Your Lovelight/

7/31/67 O’Keefe Centre, Toronto, ON (Mon.)
SONG:
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Post-show jam w/ Jefferson Airplane & Luke and the Apostles

8/1/67 O’Keefe Centre, Toronto, ON (Tue.)
8/2/67 O’Keefe Centre, Toronto, ON (Wed.) (two shows)
8/3/67 O’Keefe Centre, Toronto, ON (Thu.)
8/4/67 O’Keefe Centre, Toronto, ON (Fri.)
TAPE:
[Overseas Stomp] (not on most circulating copies, but on Wolfgang's Vault)
New Potato Caboose
Viola Lee Blues >
Feedback

8/5/67 O’Keefe Centre, Toronto, ON (Sat.) (two shows)
SONGS: (afternoon show)
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
I Know You Rider
TAPE: (late show)
Turn On Your Lovelight
Alligator
https://archive.org/details/gd67-08-05.sbd.hanno.16753.sbeok.shnf (the most complete copy, with the Looney Tunes ending)  
(Lemieux: “There are reels in the vault clearly marked with the date and venue of some of these shows, which have been scratched out, as the tapes were recorded over.”)

8/6/67a Place Ville Marie, Montreal, QC (Sun.)
Free show.
SONGS:
Morning Dew
Viola Lee Blues
Alligator
Dancing in the Street
Gloria w/ Jefferson Airplane (possibly)

8/6/67b Youth Pavilion, Expo ’67, Montreal, QC (Sun.)
Free show, stopped by Bill Graham.
SONG: Viola Lee Blues

8/10/67 Chelsea Hotel rooftop, New York City (Thu.)
Benefit for the Diggers.

(There was apparently a radio ad for a show at the Cheetah Club in NYC on Friday, August 11, but the Dead were in Detroit.)

8/11/67 Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI (Fri.)
8/12/67 Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI (Sat.)

8/13/67 West Park, Ann Arbor, MI (Sun.)
Free show.

8/19/67 American Legion Hall, South Lake Tahoe (Sat.)
SONGS:
Sittin’ on Top of the World
Golden Road
Turn On Your Lovelight

(McNally reports that the Dead were to play a gathering on Mount Tamalpais on August 20, but there was no power.)

8/25/67 Kings Beach Bowl, North Lake Tahoe (Fri.)
8/26/67 Kings Beach Bowl, North Lake Tahoe (Sat.)

8/28/67 Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (Mon.)
“Party for Chocolate George,” free show.
SONGS:
Viola Lee Blues
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
FILM:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKQmOEpPYUE (silent clips w/ dubbed audio)
Viola Lee raw footage clips with original audio are also here and here.

Sept? ’67 Convention Center Rotunda, Las Vegas, NV
This was listed in Tom Constanten’s TC-Base as his first show with the Dead, leading to much speculation on the actual date. But since we now know the Dead played there in October ’68, I think TC remembered the show but put it in the wrong year. From a more recent interview:
Q: Do you remember your first time onstage with the Grateful Dead?
TC: That would be in 1968, when they came to play at the Las Vegas Convention Center Rotunda. I was still in the Air Force, but they invited me onstage to join them, embarrassingly short hair and all.

(The Dead were scheduled to play the Magic Music rock festival at Cabrillo College in Aptos, 9/2/67, but the festival was cancelled.)  

(Deadlists suggests the Dead played a September ’67 benefit in Canyon. Per WJ Rorabaugh’s book Berkeley at War p.145: “In 1967 Canyon's hippies held a benefit concert to raise money to rebuild their general store. Country Joe McDonald, the Grateful Dead and others came to play.” Country Joe recalls the show taking place in the schoolyard; the school principal also remembers the Dead playing there. However, a Rock Prosopography post suggests that they’re mistakenly remembering a 7/16/67 Canyon benefit at which Country Joe, the Youngbloods and others played – the Dead apparently never played Canyon.)

9/3/67 Dance Hall, Rio Nido (Sun.)
TAPE:
Dancing in the Street
It Hurts Me Too
Cold Rain & Snow
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl/
/Viola Lee Blues/
Big Boss Man
Alligator >
Feedback
In the Midnight Hour
(The Midnight Hour comes from a separate reel than the rest of the show, so it could be from a separate show. Dancing sounds like the start of the show.)

9/4/67 Dance Hall, Rio Nido (Mon.) (Labor Day)
TAPE:
/Caution >
Feedback
(A mono fragment found on Latvala’s cassette of 9/3/67; the date isn’t certain. There are no known posters or ads for the shows – I assume there were two shows, but for all we know there were more.) 

9/8/67 Eagles Auditorium, Seattle, WA (Fri.)

9/9/67a Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA (Sat.)
Free show.

9/9/67b Eagles Auditorium, Seattle, WA (Sat.)  

9/15/67 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (Fri.)
TAPE:
Viola Lee Blues
Cold Rain & Snow
Beat It On Down The Line
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Morning Dew
Alligator >
Caution >
Feedback
The first Dead audience recording.

9/16/67 Elysian Park, Los Angeles (Sat.)
Free show with Jefferson Airplane. Not in Griffith Park. (Sometimes the Dead are said to have played here on 1/22/67 or 3/26/67, but they didn’t.)

(Deadlists includes a 9/18/67 studio tape of Lovelight, which is a misdate for the earlier rehearsal. The Dead were in RCA Studios in Los Angeles for a couple weeks in mid-September. They worked on basic tracks for Alligator, but Garcia said “we accomplished absolutely nothing,” and sessions were dropped for the time being.)

9/22/67 The Family Dog, Denver, CO (Fri.)
9/23/67 The Family Dog, Denver, CO (Sat.)

9/24/67 City Park, Denver, CO (Sun.)
Be-In, free show.

9/29/67 Straight Theater, San Francisco (Fri.)
FILM: Dancing in the Street
TAPE:
Golden Road
New Potato Caboose
Alligator
He Was A Friend Of Mine/ 
This tape circulates dated “5/5/67;” there is one drummer. Deadbase 50 suggests this tape comes from 6/15/67, but 9/29 is the likeliest date: Weir dedicates a song to (Chandler) Laughlin, who’d just gotten out of prison on a drug bust and been hired as a DJ by KMPX; Weir also alludes to the ‘drop out and dance’ poster.

9/30/67 Straight Theater, San Francisco (Sat.)
Mickey Hart’s first show.
SONGS:
Viola Lee Blues (1st set)
Alligator > (Caution?) > Feedback (2nd set, w/ Hart)
Hart might not have played another Dead show until the end of October. 

October ’67 RCA Studio A, Hollywood
Studio session.
TAPE: The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment (inst.)
Kreutzmann may be the only drummer, and the Other One is simpler than the live renditions of late October, so I think this comes from earlier in the month, or possibly even September.
(The Dead spent time in the studio through October, after Hart was added, working on Alligator and the Cryptical>Other One suite. Deadbase gives a starting date of Monday, October 9, though this is unconfirmed.)  

10/1/67 Greek Theater, U of California, Berkeley (Sun.)
Economic Opportunity Program benefit.
SONGS:
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Feedback

10/14/67 Continental Ballroom, Santa Clara (Sat.)
SONGS:
Cold Rain & Snow
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Alligator >
Caution

10/22/67 Winterland, San Francisco (Sun.)
Marijuana Defense benefit.
TAPE:
Morning Dew
New Potato Caboose
It Hurts Me Too
Cold Rain & Snow
Turn On Your Lovelight
Beat It On Down The Line
Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment
Kreutzmann appears to be the only drummer. Released on the Anthem 50th-anniversary edition.

10/31/67 Winterland, San Francisco (Tue.)  
“Trip or Freak.”
SONG: Viola Lee Blues
A tape that circulated with this date was actually a fake taken from the November Shrine shows. Lost Live Dead questions whether this show happened; nonetheless, there are backstage photos and I think it’s possible one of the two following tapes may come from this date.  

October ’67, Unknown Location
TAPE:
Viola Lee Blues
Cold Rain & Snow
Alligator >
Caution >
Feedback
An audience recording that circulates as “1/27/67.” Deadbase 50 suggests it’s from 10/31/67. The first two songs on the tape (Morning Dew & New Potato) are from an audience recording of 10/22/67, suggesting that the rest is either from another set of that show, or another show in that venue soon afterwards – there’s little noticeable change in sound. There are two drummers. (Alligator now has a drum intro, and a drum break in the middle of the jam.)

October ’67, Unknown Location
TAPE:
/Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment
Alligator >
Caution >
Feedback
https://archive.org/details/gd1967-xx-xx.sbd.studio.81259.flac16 (tracks 1-3 - the rest is from other dates)
Formerly thought to be a studio session, but I now think it’s a multi-tracked live show with levels being changed throughout the recording (instrument volume adjustments, and vocals going in & out). A faint echo of the vocals can be heard through Alligator, which seems unlikely in a studio recording (along with the whole live feel and recording problems). Deadbase 50 suggests it’s from 11/12/67. (It’s circulated as 10/20/67, 10/31/67, 11/19/67, etc.) There are two drummers.
If I had to guess, I’d say this comes after the “1/27/67” show, since the “Alligator running round my door” drumming interlude now comes right after the verses.

Oct/Nov ’67 Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley
An 11/10/67 Stanford Daily article said the Theater “in recent weeks has hosted such groups as the Doors and the Grateful Dead.” The Doors played there on 10/15; the Dead date is unknown, but it’s odd no ads have been spotted yet.

11/10/67 Shrine Exposition Hall, Los Angeles (Fri.)
TAPE:
Viola Lee Blues
It Hurts Me Too
Beat It On Down The Line
Morning Dew
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment
New Potato Caboose
Alligator >
Caution >
Feedback
A superior copy is on the 30 Trips release.  

11/11/67 Shrine Exposition Hall, Los Angeles (Sat.)
TAPE:
Turn On Your Lovelight
Beat It On Down The Line
Death Don’t Have No Mercy
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment  
Alligator >
Caution >
Feedback
https://archive.org/details/gd1967-11-11.116172.sbd.motb-0173.flac16 (for the Other One – New Potato & Alligator>Caution on this copy are actually from the 10th)

[11/12/67 Winterland, San Francisco
Deadbase lists a benefit, which did not happen.]

(The Dead had moved to American Studios in Hollywood the previous week to continue recording their album, working on tracks for Born Cross-Eyed, Cryptical and New Potato Caboose - McNally says there were sessions on November 8-10.)

11/14/67 American Recording Studios, North Hollywood
Studio session.
TAPE:  
Dark Star (inst.)
Born Cross-Eyed (w/ alt. feedback ending)
(These likely include later overdubs, though Dark Star is unfinished.)

12/8/67 Psychedelic Supermarket, Boston, MA (Fri.)
SONG: In the Midnight Hour
(The Psychedelic Supermarket shows were originally scheduled for December 1-2, but moved to the following weekend.) 

12/9/67a Atwood Hall, Clark University, Worcester, MA (Sat.)
Afternoon show, 2pm, cut short by power failure.

12/9/67b Psychedelic Supermarket, Boston, MA (Sat.)

[12/13/67 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
There was no such show.]

(While in New York in December, the Dead continued recording their album at Century and Olmstead Studios – dates unknown – until their producer quit. They were left with no complete songs, “just a bunch of fragments.” Garcia recalled, “When we went to New York we had laid down the first part of the Other One, the slow part [Cryptical], and a basic [track] for New Potato Caboose. We were working on Born Cross-Eyed. That’s as much as we had gotten done.” Sessions were temporarily abandoned again.
It’s unclear how much more recording was done back at Columbus Recorders in San Francisco in early 1968 – for instance, the vocals for several songs and TC’s contributions. Lemieux states, “There don’t appear to be any completed outtakes from the sessions – most of what’s still in the vaults consists of instrumental backing tracks and separate vocal overdubs.”)

12/23/67 Palm Gardens, New York City (Sat.)
12/24/67 Palm Gardens, New York City (Sun.)
SONGS:
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Beat It On Down The Line 
(The Dead were also scheduled to play on 12/22, but a Rolling Stone article states that "recording commitments had kept the Dead from appearing Friday night.") 

12/26/67 Village Theater, New York City (Tue.) (two shows?)
SONGS: (early set)
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Beat It On Down The Line
Cold Rain & Snow
The setlists.net witness says there were “two other songs I didn’t recognize before I had to leave in the middle of an extended jam.” I suspect this is the same show the Cashbox reviewer attended, since their setlist partially matches:
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Alligator 
Caution
Cold Rain & Snow

12/27/67 Village Theater, New York City (Wed.) (two shows?)
SONGS:
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Morning Dew
Viola Lee Blues

[12/29-30 Psychedelic Supermarket, Boston, MA
There is no evidence the Dead returned here for these dates, so I don’t think this happened. It’s not known where the Dead played after the New York dates, if anywhere – Cashbox suggested the Dead were going to Detroit, but no shows there could be found.]


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