September 5, 2014

Missing 1968 Shows

The Grateful Dead played approximately 120 shows in 1968. Of those, only 42 shows (either whole or in part) circulate from the year. With two-thirds of the shows from 1968 lost, it is a melancholy task to list them all, but I thought I’d give it a try: this list will cover the shows and parts of shows we don’t have.

Tapes that are incomplete and missing pieces of shows are listed. A few audience tapes survive from 1968; those are only listed here when they’re incomplete. I’ve also noted the few uncirculated tapes that are known to still be in the Vault.
The Hartbeats shows and a couple other known Garcia jam sessions are included.
Lost songs recalled from deadbase or other sources are listed [in brackets], and useful recollections of the shows are quoted when available.

This post completes a series on the Dead’s missing tapes from 1968-1970:
(I will not be covering 1966-67 like this since we are missing 90% of the shows played in those years!)

The Dead taped a large number of shows for Anthem of the Sun from January through March ’68, so we have a good picture of those months. April through July ‘68 is more or less a gaping hole in our tape record, though a few fragments survive. When the Carousel closed in June, Owsley (who’d been taping shows there) rejoined the Dead as their soundman and started taping them again; so we have a small number of unlabeled tapes from June. Since the Dead briefly considered taping another live album in August, we have a batch of tapes from that month. The rest of the year is spotty, and it’s certain that many of Owsley’s tapes have disappeared – aside from the Matrix Hartbeats tapes, we have just a handful of tapes from the fall, and a few more from December.

Updated March 2018.

A note on the winter ’68 tour: per David Lemieux, the bonus material on the 2/14/68 Road Trips release came from a San Francisco studio that was closing and sent their Dead material to the Vault, including live tapes the Dead were working on for Anthem of the Sun. There were only snippets of shows on compilation reels, none complete - but he said the only piece they couldn't fit on the release was a ten-minute Alligator (no Caution) which was dropped due to sound issues. (He didn’t identify the show.)

1/20/68 Municipal Auditorium, Eureka, CA
Only 35 minutes of this show circulated; Viola Lee Blues and Good Morning Little Schoolgirl were included on the 2/14/68 Road Trips release. It’s hard to say how much more we might be missing, but probably at least a China Cat>Eleven following the cut Dark Star. We know the Other One suite was played (probably before Clementine), since this date is on the Anthem of the Sun multitrack that Phil Lesh isolates in the Anthem to Beauty video.

The circulating shows labeled January 22-23 are from the January 26-27 Eagles Auditorium, Seattle shows. Combined with the “1/23” songs on the Road Trips release, our tapes seem to be nearly complete. A newspaper review says the 1/27 show opened with Lovelight, and confirms some of the banter on the "1/23" tracks.

1/29/68 Portland State College Ballroom, Portland, OR
Part of a newspaper review: “Flash after flash, skyrockets, bombs... I've never seen anything like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane lightshow. [The band was] loud, loud enough that we didn't need ears. We could see and feel the music, it saturated the ballroom... [They] kept hitting climaxes, bursting, sense-tearing climaxes, until on some magic cue they relaxed, dropped back to reality, stringing us along...” [McNally]

1/30/68 EMU Ballroom, U of Oregon, Eugene, OR [Gloria, Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment]  
“After the Anthem of the Sun suite, Pigpen sang ‘Gloria.’” []
New Potato Caboose from this show was released on the 2/14/68 Road Trips bonus disc, but it is doubtful whether more survives in the Vault.

2/2/68 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
The circulating tape is only 33 minutes and cuts off in Schoolgirl. The Dark Star encore was included on the Road Trips release, but clearly more is missing (the following night’s set is an hour long).

2/4/68 South Oregon College, Ashland, OR

2/15/68 San Quentin State Prison, CA ("free afternoon concert on the lawn outside the prison") - This was not a full Dead show, but a jam with other musicians.

2/16/68 Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Turlock, CA 

2/17/68 Selland Arena, Fresno, CA [Good Morning Little Schoolgirl ; Turn On Your Lovelight]
George Hiatt: “They opened the show and played "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" and then an extremely long version of "Turn on Your Lovelight" – that was the show!” [deadlists]
Rod Hanson: “They did play only two songs (they came in very late for the gig that night)…they did play "Good Mornin' Little School Girl" for their opening...and it lasted about 20 minutes...then they played "Turn On Your Love Light" for a very long time...they jammed on "Love Light" for quite awhile…and that was it.” []

2/22/68 Kings Beach Bowl, Lake Tahoe, CA
One reel of this show was posted on the Taper’s Section, and another reel is still in the Vault. “The reels labeled one and two were missing all the vocals and one of the drummers. David Lemieux recalled that two of the songs that were played on 2/22/68 were Morning Dew and Beat it on Down the Line.” (He also recalled It Hurts Me Too on the reel without vocals.)
An audience memory: “The Dead came out individually and began tuning, then two tuned together, and amongst all the tuning, undiscovered and unrecognized, they were already playing a song... such a smooth transition, the point upon which the tuning stopped and the playing began was impossible to discover. The night was filled with parts of their first album - Morning Dew and a couple others, then much if not all of the great "Anthem" album…and an early version of Dark Star... The show was finally stopped when the powers that be turned off the electricity to the stage... otherwise it would have gone on for hours upon hours into the early morning. Bobby came forward and appoligized for not being allowed to play longer since they wanted to... This was one of those shows Jerry played 'to you' and everyone was close enough so that he would stare you in the eyes and play parts directly to and for you, it was magic... I saw the next evening's show, but it wasn't as intense as this evening's performance.
Songs played I remember:
Morning Dew
St. Stephen
Early version of Dark Star
a blues tune sung by Pigpen
New New Minglewood Blues
Drum solos” []
(St Stephen was not written yet, and Minglewood wasn't played in '68 that we know of, but otherwise this looks accurate. Alligator wasn’t always connected to Caution at this time; the drum solos were probably part of Alligator.)

2/23/68 Kings Beach Bowl, Lake Tahoe, CA
Deadbase lists Cold Rain & Snow, which doesn't appear on Dick's Picks 22; however not all the songs played were included on the release - repeated songs and songs with cuts were left off.

3/1/68 Clifford's Catering, Walnut Creek, CA

3/2/68 Clifford's Catering, Walnut Creek, CA [Cold Rain & Snow ; Turn On Your Lovelight (per eyewitness)]

3/3/68 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA [The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment ; Dancing In The Street]
Our partial audience tape cuts off in the Cryptical intro. Dancing closed the show.

3/8/68 Melodyland, Anaheim, CA  
The band “played just two very long, mostly instrumental songs in its allotted 30 minutes, not bothering to identify either number by name.” [newspaper review]

3/9/69 Melodyland, Anaheim, CA (two shows)
“I only remember China Cat Sunflower because it was a catchy song.” [Lost Live Dead comment]
"I'd never heard such long jams before... They played most of the second album, Morning Dew, possibly Saint Stephen, maybe even Love Light (or maybe not)." []
A Deadbase attendee of one of the Melodyland shows remembers a set opening with a blues song, including extended jamming, and ending with We Bid You Goodnight.

3/11/68 Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, CA [Cryptical Envelopment > Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > New Potato Caboose > Born Cross-Eyed > Caution Jam]
Show with Tom Constanten.

3/15/68 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
This show was recorded for the Anthem of the Sun album.

3/17/68 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA [Dark Star > Born Cross-Eyed]
The complete second set was released. We’re missing the first set up to Lovelight, but it is in the Vault. Per the release notes, “The majority of the songs from set 1 could not be salvaged due to technical problems that were partly due to "sound experiments" conducted on the master tapes during the production of Anthem Of The Sun.”

3/18/68 50 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 
This has traditionally been listed as a Dead show to support the KMPX strikers, but it appears the Dead may not have played that night, or if they did their set was soon cut short.
From Susan Krieger's book Hip Capitalism:
"There were about 500 people assembled in the street outside [the station]... Creedence Clearwater Revival started playing at 3:05 am. Blue Cheer was there. The Grateful Dead set up their instruments and played. A group of people associated with the Dead wanted to take over the transmitter and free the airwaves... Residents up the hill complained about the noise and after about 20 minutes police arrived and ordered the crowd to disperse. They tried to relocate at Pier 10 on the Embarcadero but failed to. Someone forgot to carry over the amplifiers. By 4 am, the bulk of the crowd had gone."
3/20/68 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
One witness writes that the "Dead played last ... Morning Dew/ Dark Star/ Love Light."

3/22/68 State Fair Coliseum, Detroit, MI

There was a second Detroit show scheduled for 3/23, but per Lost Live Dead, the Dead canceled and didn’t play this show after poor attendance on 3/22. They also canceled a show scheduled for 3/24 in Grand Rapids, MI, due to bad weather.

3/24/68 Parking Lot, San Francisco CA (free daytime strike show – Garcia jams with Traffic)
Having canceled their weekend in Michigan, the Dead returned home early enough for Garcia & Hart to attend this strike show. It's not known whether the full Dead played.
Susan Krieger: "On Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, a street fair was held in a parking lot near 50 Green Street. The fair was originally planned for in front of 50 Green Street but the site was changed when the San Francisco police refused to grant the strikers a permit for closing off the street. Nine bands were scheduled to appear." 
Rolling Stone: "There was also a weekend fair (not to be confused with the first-night party of 500 people dancing in the street) outside the KMPX offices near North Beach, which was highlighted by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead jamming with Traffic. It was supposed to be a street fair, but the San Francisco city fathers refused the strikers a permit, ostensibly because an announcement read over the air before the strike had caused an unauthorized closing of Haight Street two weeks earlier, so the action took place in a nearby parking lot." (see comments)

There was no show on 3/26/68, whether at Melodyland or an “unknown venue,” despite the traditional listing. The old tape with this date comes from 3/29.

3/31/68 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Our tapes of the March 29-31 Carousel run are incomplete, with the 3/31 tape particularly short. The actual date arrangement is unknown, with some sets being attributed to different dates. Charlie Miller notes: “Date and song order are uncertain (I'm going with Dick's notes on DAT).”

4/3/68 Winterland, San Francisco, CA [Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > New Potato Caboose > Born Cross-Eyed ; Alligator > Caution. (This list possibly comes from a misdated tape.)]

4/12/68 Thee Image, Miami, FL

4/13/68 Thee Image, Miami, FL

4/14/68 Thee Image, Miami, FL
This weekend of shows is not in deadlists:  

4/14/68 Greynolds Park Love-In, Miami, FL (free afternoon show)

4/19/68 Thee Image, Miami, FL

4/20/68 Thee Image, Miami, FL

4/21/68 Thee Image, Miami, FL

An Archive eyewitness review of a show at Thee Image:
“The experience was so overwhelming my memory may not be that clear…it was an incredible experience that I have never forgotten. It changed my music tastes forever. It was like nothing we had ever heard and it will always represent the "real" Dead and SF sound to me…
I think Jerry was really on it the night we went. Incredibly quick and constant with very few "resting spots" during his licks. It was a incredible non-stop flow that I never forgot. Not just fast but moving. Thee Image was an emptied out bowling alley with a low temporary stage so the acoustics were terrible and Pig Pen and Weir were buried in the noise as well as most of the vocals. It was the first (and only) time I heard them so I have a hard time trying to recall the set lists. I had no grid for what I was seeing/hearing.
In general the first set was a lot of the first album and the second set was Anthem of the Sun… I am convinced Dark Star was part of the second set. I have always distinctly remembered the interlude and "scraper" thing and gong from their performance… [It was] a much faster tempo with a different feel to it [so] it did not stand out from the rest of the set. The whole second set was played at an incredible pace... One song I am sure they played was Alligator…that song stuck in memory. And of course the drums stood out on Alligator…  
Two images that stick in my mind are Kreutzmann putting an incense stick on his high cymbal and never taking his eyes off it the entire second set. The other image is of Garcia standing on the edge of the stage doing his thing for what was the longest non-stop music we had ever heard…
“There was no "back stage" at Thee Image so they just hung around in between sets...just off to the side of the stage.”

4/26/68 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA

4/27/68 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA

4/28/68 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA

5/3/68 Columbia University, NYC (free afternoon show) [Morning Dew (per newspaper report)]
This show was filmed – the video confirms that the Cryptical>Other One suite was played. Setlist attributions have come from album songs that were dubbed over the film.

5/4/68 SUNY, Stony Brook, NY
An audience memory: "I was there at Stony Brook for the May 4th show that The Incredible String Band opened. Unfortunately I was only slightly familiar with the Dead then - I had their first album. They played three songs in total. The first song was Good Morning Little School Girl, at about 15 minutes. Two other songs followed, one was about 35 minutes long, and the last one went on for about an hour and fifteen minutes. I wish I could say what the other songs were but I didn't know them at the time (so it is unlikely they were on their first album). I was amazed at how long the songs were so I checked... I remember thinking that the third song was ending after 45 minutes or so - but it sputtered back to life. The show was far from sold out, when I walked away from the front of the gym there was plenty of room to move about." 
“In a set without a break that lasted over two hours, they played one epic number that lasted over an hour.”  [newspaper review]

5/5/68 Central Park, NYC (free afternoon show)  [Morning Dew]
An audience memory: “The Jefferson Airplane played the night before at Fillmore East and announced that they would be playing at the bandshell in Central Park with their friends the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the Grateful Dead. The BBB played first, then the JA… Shortly into the Dead's set, the last of the afternoon, everyone was up and dancing and didn't sit down until they stopped.
Here is what I can remember. There may have been more.
Morning Dew
Cryptical Envelopment
The Other One
Cryptical Envelopment
Alligator” []
Another witness writes, "They played some of the material that would turn up on Anthem of the Sun: The Other One, New Potato Caboose, though I didn't know those songs by name. I recognized Morning Dew from the first album. They finished with Turn On Your Lovelight."

5/7/68 Electric Circus, NYC (two shows)

5/8/68 Electric Circus, NYC (two shows) [Viola Lee Blues]

5/9/68 Electric Circus, NYC (two shows) [He Was a Friend of Mine]
(Late show, newspaper review: "After opening with a solid, rock-oriented first set [they came] on at midnight with a virtuoso rock-jazz improvisation that must have lasted an hour or more.")

5/17/68 Shrine Exhibition Hall, Los Angeles, CA
“I believe they opened with Morning Dew and I seem to remember Schoolgirl as well as many others.” []

Though it may seem that our tape of the 5/18/68 Santa Clara Fairgrounds afternoon show is incomplete, the Alligator>Caution was in fact the complete set. According to a newspaper review: “Jerry Garcia said they'd do Alligator and they did, for about forty minutes. That was their set and it blew the place wide open.”

5/18/68 Shrine Exhibition Hall, Los Angeles, CA (evening show)

5/24/68 National Guard Armory, St Louis, MO 
An audience memory: “They opened with Morning Dew and went into Schoolgirl second. After that, I didn't recognize anything (this was before Anthem of the Sun came out so it probably was Cryptical). They played for an hour or so, then the opener, a local band, played again, then the Dead came out--but unfortunately I couldn't stay for that set.” []
“Morning Dew was the opener, starting it with a giant Chinese gong, then School Girl and then what I later identified as That's It for the Other One.” [ – actually this is the same reviewer]
Another witness: "I have a clear recollection of Morning Dew ending with a band member grabbing a mic off of the mic stand and crashing it into the six foot tall gong, repeatedly and rotating the mic which still worked, around and around the face of the gong and the most incredible sounds coming out from this along with the that point, right then and there, I decided that I needed to leave St. Louis ASAP and move to the Bay Area to be able to see these guys perform, over and over again, on their home turf...which I did."
[The old Deadbase listed: Lovelight, Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Dark Star > Saint Stephen > The Eleven > Caution > Feedback > We Bid You Good Night. But this setlist actually comes from 2/5/69.]

5/25/68 National Guard Armory, St Louis, MO
One witness recalls Morning Dew being played. (The 5/24/68 witness may have attended the same show.)

5/30/68 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

5/31/68 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

6/1/68 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

6/1/68 Panhandle, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA (free afternoon show)
Not in deadlists:

6/4/68 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA “Tuesday Night Jam”
Garcia took part in this jam, along with a host of other SF luminaries including Elvin Bishop, Barry Melton, Steve Miller, etc. It may have been similar to the 5/21/68 jam we have on tape, though more crowded (Ralph Gleason wrote that “there was a long jam session going on with all kinds of guitar players and saxophones and rhythm men”). This wasn’t a Dead show, of course, but it is of interest to Garcia fans, and may remind us of all the unlisted jams Garcia took part in that have vanished because they weren’t taped.

6/7/68 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA [Saint Stephen > Dark Star]

6/8/68 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

6/9/68 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

The ’68 Mystery Reels collection includes parts of three shows that aren’t dated or otherwise circulating, thought to be from May or June. These are most likely from the Carousel shows this month, or even the Fillmore East.
Fragment 1 (tracks 1-11): //St Stephen > Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > New Potato Caboose > Alligator > Drums > Jam > Caution//
Fragment 2 (tracks 31-35): St Stephen > Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Turn On Your Lovelight
Fragment 3 (tracks 36-41): Morning Dew, It Hurts Me Too, Dark Star > St Stephen > Turn On Your Lovelight

6/14/68 Fillmore East, NYC (early show) [Morning Dew ; Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > New Potato Caboose]
Kenny Schachat (who attended the early show): “I'm quite certain that Morning Dew was the first song or at least very early in the set, that the Cryptical > Other One > Cryptical > Caboose came after and was the bulk of the set, followed by one or two at the end. I'm less certain, but I believe they played Good Morning Little Schoolgirl. I'm certain that they did not play Lovelight. I'm pretty sure that they also did not play Saint Stephen… I'm certain that they did not play Dark Star on that night " [deadlists]
Another account: “The first show featured a TOO suite followed, I believe by Schoolgirl.”
An audience tape exists of the late show; an audience member reported that Dark Star started the late show, but is missing from the tape. “The second [show] began with a little ditty called Dark Star. They played DS for perhaps ten minutes--sang the first verse--but the audience didn't seem to "get it." So, they suddenly played real quietly and came to an all-but stop for about a minute to shut the crowd up (oddly this worked) and then let rip the feedback you hear [at the start of the tape].”
A partial SBD tape of the end of the late show has also been released, so possibly more of this run also exists in the Vault.

6/15/68 Fillmore East, NYC (two shows)
The Deadbase setlist for 6/15 was taken from the 6/14 tape. Deadlists reports that Dark Star was played and “it was the whole set,” Weir dedicating it to Wes Montgomery (who had died that morning). This was likely in the late show, since Kenny Schachat didn’t remember it in the early show.
Another account: “The Saturday show was actually better [than Friday 6/14]--they were warmed up, settled in, and had a more aware audience. They played The Other One and Dark Star that night.”

[6/16/68 Daytop Village, Staten Island, NY - The Dead didn't play.]

6/19/68 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA [St. Stephen; Dancing in the Street]
The tape with this date is actually from 2/19/69.

6/22/68 Travelodge Theater, Phoenix, AZ
A newspaper review: “"Last weekend's Grateful Dead concert was a smash. Too bad not everyone knew it. The further the Dead got into their music the quicker some people got out to their cars." [deadlists]

7/11/68 Shrine Exhibition Hall, Los Angeles, CA

7/12/68 Kings Beach Bowl, Lake Tahoe, CA

7/13/68 Kings Beach Bowl, Lake Tahoe, CA

7/14/68 Marina Green, St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco CA
Jazz benefit festival, missing on all setlist sites...but the Dead apparently canceled. 

8/2/68 Hippodrome, San Diego, CA

8/3/68 Hippodrome, San Diego, CA

8/4/68 “Newport Pop Festival,” Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA [Alligator, Feedback]
“I remember Jerry or Bob telling the crowd "we don't play that anymore" to shouted requests for stuff from the 1st album.” []
Partial film snippets exist: 
(This is one of the only film clips where you can see Garcia bobbing on the edge of the stage with his guitar, a habit he lost in later years.)

8/20/68 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA [Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Death Don't Have No Mercy]
This setlist may be taken from the following night, but they were playing it almost every show.

8/28/68 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Our tape is just one set, 45 minutes long, so we are missing a set.
As deadlists notes, on the circulating tape, side B starts with an audience recording of Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, introduced by Bill Graham. Most likely the whole tape is from of one of the following Fillmore West shows. (I don't believe there actually was an 8/28 show at the Avalon.)

8/30/68 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

8/31/68 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

9/1/68 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

9/1/68 Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA (possible afternoon show, unconfirmed) 

I am suspicious that our tape of the 9/20/68 Berkeley Community Theater show (45 minutes, including a 25-minute drum solo) is incomplete and missing songs, but it's impossible to say for sure, since the band sounds like it's in some disarray. Mickey Hart often recalled this show in later years - the lengthy Drums with his fellow percussionists was not due to spontaneous equipment failure, but prearranged.

9/22/68 Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA [Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, New Potato Caboose, Alligator > Caution > Feedback, In the Midnight Hour]

10/5/68 Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, CA

10/9/68 Matrix, San Francisco, CA (Hartbeats show)

10/11/68 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
One audience member at this Avalon run reports that Pigpen was absent, and “the first song was Morning Dew.”

10/18/68 The Bank, Torrance, CA

10/19/68 Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV 

10/29/68 Matrix, San Francisco, CA (Hartbeats show)

10/31/68 Matrix, San Francisco, CA (Hartbeats show)
Dick Latvala reported that in the Vault "there are two dates, 10/28 and 10/29, both of which have four reels.” (Though he may have gotten dates mixed up.)

11/1/68 Silver Dollar Fair, Chico, CA
We are missing the first set. Jim Powell: “Latvala played a Viola Lee from this date at one of the Dick's Picks release parties.”

11/4/68 Longshoreman’s Hall, San Francisco, CA

11/7/68 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

11/8/68 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

11/9/68 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

11/10/68 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA [Morning Dew opener]

11/15/68 Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR [Morning Dew]

11/16/68 Erb Memorial Union Ballroom, U of Oregon, Eugene, OR
The show was cut short by a false bomb threat.

11/17/68 Eagles Auditorium, Seattle, WA (two shows)

On 11/24/68, members of the Dead jammed with Jefferson Airplane in the Airplane’s show at the Grande Ballroom, Detroit.
A Grande worker wrote: “I remember an Airplane show on a Sunday nite/2 show nite… [In the second show] Jerry and Phil and Bob showed up about 12:30 and jammed with the Airplane til about 4:00 in the morning.”

11/25/68 Memorial Auditorium, Ohio U, Athens, OH [We Bid You Good Night]
Formerly known as 11/23/68.
Tom Constanten joined the Dead at this free show.
A recent newspaper article recalls this show, but with unreliable setlist details that I don't trust:

11/27/68 Kinetic Playground, Chicago, IL [Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment ; Alligator]

11/28/68 Kinetic Playground, Chicago, IL
Ron Ramsey attended the Nov. 27-28 shows: “I know for sure they did 'That's It For The Other One' that first night... Also on the 27th: Alligator. As for the rest of the songs, they did pretty much the standard repertoire for late 1968: Doin' That Rag, Dupree's, Dark Star > Saint Stephen > the Eleven > Lovelight, Feedback, etc. But other than the two mentioned, I cannot say which nights they did what. (They did not, to my eternal regret, play New Potato Caboose either night.) …Both nights were two set shows, with the Dead as the closing act.” [deadlists] (I am doubtful that Doin’ That Rag or Dupree’s would have been played, since they don’t appear on live tapes until late January, but it’s possible.)

11/29/68 Hyde Park Teen Center, Cincinnati, OH [Good Morning Little Schoolgirl opener; possibly That’s It for the Other One > New Potato Caboose]
“On Friday night, they started with a rather sloppy version of Good Morning Little School Girl, but in short order got into the groove and blew the roof off the place.” [Lost Live Dead comment]
(This reminds me of the newspaper review of their Electric Circus shows in May: “Their first tune is always a shambles - "You'll have to wait till we figure out who we are and what we're doing here," says Jerry Garcia.”)

11/30/68 Hyde Park Teen Center, Cincinnati, OH (two shows) [Dark Star, Saint Stephen, Turn On Your Lovelight]
Tom Constanten: “There was one exquisite gig in Cincinnati where both Pigpen and I played keyboard. He had the B-3 and I had the Continental.”
These shows have long been attributed to 11/24/68, and there has been much confusion and varying memories over how many shows there were at the Teen Center – several audience accounts can be found at
The promoter recalled that on Friday, “They were two hours late, and they played for three hours.” But one person remembered, “We waited forever, then the band played only a few songs then said they had to leave.” Another person agreed that on the first night, “The Dead were beat, and I mean tired! …The NEXT night was better, of course.” One of the lightshow crew recalls both nights as life-changing: “Saturday night was as musically explosive as Friday.” Everyone agreed that the small building (a converted church) was packed, and the Dead were very loud, their equipment filling up much of the space. Despite all the reviews, no specific songs were remembered except possibly Saint Stephen & Morning Dew.

12/1/68 Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI [We Bid You Goodnight]

12/6/68 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

12/13/68 The Bank, Torrance, CA [Lovelight]

12/14/68 The Bank, Torrance, CA

12/20/68 Shrine Exhibition Hall, Los Angeles, CA [Good Morning Little Schoolgirl ; Morning Dew]
Only the last half hour of the show circulates; a newspaper review mentions Schoolgirl. I think it’s likely that a Dark Star>St Stephen preceded the Eleven on our tape.  
“I'm pretty sure they played Morning Dew with the gong adding to the opening flourish.” []

12/23/68 Matrix, San Francisco, CA – “Jam Session with Jerry Garcia, Jack Casady and others”
A tape of the 24th circulates that has Garcia jamming with Harvey Mandel’s band. (The new Deadbase has a probably fake setlist attached to the 23rd.)

12/28/68 Catacombs, Houston, TX [Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment ; Jam ; Morning Dew]
(Another attendee recalled The Other One, Alligator, New Potato Caboose, Dark Star>The Eleven.) 
An eyewitness reports: “Most of what was played was from Anthem of the Sun (That's It for the Other One, Cryptical Envelopment, etc. and a very good 'space jam' that came back into the album to finish). There was a second keyboard player, besides Pigpen, so this was probably Constanten. I also know for sure that Morning Dew was played (mainly because it was my favorite from the first album), also I remember Garcia's introduction to the song, 'let's get the old shit out of the way' and then the cymbals starting up Morning Dew. Schoolgirl was probably played but I'm not certain. I know Pigpen definitely had a couple of songs, but mostly stood around looking uncomfortable.” [deadlists]  
(Pigpen recalled in a Sept '69 interview that when the Dead were in Houston, "I woke up sick and feeling feverish, and we had to play that night. [But after having some miso soup,] I could feel better even while I was taking it. I even managed to play one set.")

12/31/68 Winterland, San Francisco, CA [In the Midnight Hour, Dark Star > Saint Stephen > The Eleven > Turn On Your Lovelight]
(This was the Dead's first live 16-track recording. David Lemieux says, "The reels of 12/31/68 were erased to record the January '69 Avalon shows…with one lonely Midnight Hour left on tape, featuring all of the musicians who performed that night in an all-star jam. The sound on this 16-track recording is very poor, filled with distortion.")  (There are a few vague memories of the show in the comments...that the Dead "played Midnight Hour all night;" "Turn On Your Lovelight seemed to go on forever"...)