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The Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band

Updated on December 1, 2012

Jerry Garcia The Rainbow Maker

It's been said "There is nothing like a Grateful Dead Concert!" and you'll get no arguments from me. As I've mention on my other Lenses I've been to about 250 Grateful Dead concerts and perhaps about 50 Jerry Garcia Band Shows (which I sometimes actually liked better).

Jerry Garcia at Nassau Coliseum
photo © by Judy Ferony

At one time I was thinking of becoming a professional photographer, and one of my favorite subjects was indeed the Grateful Dead (especially Jerry); it was much harder than it is today with digital photography to get a good photo. In my opinion a concert was one of the hardest scenarios to shoot at too.

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Photo Credit: © 2012 Judy Ferony

Hands down this is my best photograph ever taken at a Grateful Dead concert of Jerry Garcia (I sure do miss him).

Grateful Dead Concert Ticket Album

Mama don't take my kodachrome Away.

There were shows that I've taken over 150 photographs at and maybe wound up with a few good shots; now I don't know if that makes me a bad photographer or not, shooting with film was tricky at a concert. I use to use very high speed film, sometimes as high as 3200 ASA. Why? It was a real crap shoot if the security was going to let you in with equipment or take it away from you; I never took any chances so I'd have to stow everything on my person making a tripod out of the question.

To add to the mix, if it was a rocking show (and when wasn't it?) the floor would actually be moving, you also have the performers moving (although Jerry, not so much lol) and the lights constantly changing. Skill was essential, and sometimes pure luck. Lastly you would also want to avoid the mike in their face, the musicians closing there eyes, and a nice smile and not an open mouth is also a good thing.

Bob Weir at MSG

© 1993 Judy Ferony

Box of Phil

Box of Phil
Box of Phil

Life Goes On - August 5th is Jerry Garcia Day in San Francisco

Garcia and Grisman - Their Love For Traditional American Music ...

Really shine through and this is a show from The Warfield in San Francisco; it must have been great to be able to go crash in your own bed after a show, Jerry looks so happy and relaxed.

Have you ever been to a Grateful Dead Show? - Or just say "hi" and let me know you were here for a visit.

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    • Deadicated LM profile image

      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @NedD: I felt the same way for a long time, and your right, it's not the same but it's a continuation and I'm sure Jerry would have wanted it that way. One of my friends finally got me to go, I had a chance to be in my element again and it felt good. Sure there are times when they do a Jerry song and it makes me sad (or even cry) but it's still a good time. The shows I saw at Radio City and the Beacon were fantastic, they did stuff like from the sixties, some of which toward the end they were ubale to do goes Jer was so burnt out (the teleprompter days). The Furthur tickets can be expensive but are still much cheaper than say The Rolling Stones. Don't get me wrong, just like the Dead, Furthur will have an off night but all in all for me it's a night out of my drab Bronx apartment so it worked for me. I've seen Furthur about 10 times or more, in the past couple of years; and I also begrudgingly went to see DSO and I was pleasantly surprised by them too (once in a while is good but I can't see following them around like some people do).. I know how you feel, I miss Papa, he was truly an original, we'll see him at the Jubilee in the sky one day ;-) (not that I'm in a rush, lol)

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      NedD 5 years ago

      @Deadicated LM: I haven't been to any shows since I guess '93. Was tempted to go see Further and had an opportunity to see The Other Ones, but couldn't bring myself to go. I can't see how it would be the same without the fat man.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @NedD: Love it! One of my friends bought me a ticket to see Furthur this weekend at the Capitol Theater in Portchester; if I were working I'd have gone to 4 or 5 of the 9 shows.

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      NedD 5 years ago

      I went to somewhere between 30 and 50 shows before Jerry's death. Started in '76, but only had one summer of really following a tour. Most of the time it was just catching a show whenever I could.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Great tribute, and really nice photos.

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      Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

      Loved this band after hearing the Dead play on the radio. From there it was buying LPs and listening to them all the time in my room. Nice tribute to a truly great musician. Nice pics too. Anyway, Thank You for the tribute, pics and stopping by my Winter Sports In Colorado lens and giving it a "thumbs up". I really appreciate it. HNY 2013!

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      Never been to one but I did like them

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @LabKittyDesign: Awesome, quite a Grateful Dead experience; I wonder if they named the baby Jerry.

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      LabKittyDesign 5 years ago

      Saw them at Red Rocks back in the day. Snuck in w/o tickets in the back of a converted school bus. Seem to remember a woman was having a baby in the backseat (really!). Good times...

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @SkylerV: Thank you. I went to see Dark Star Orchestra for the first time last night; they were very good, they do various whole Grateful Dead Shows of yore. The show they did last night was from 1977, the Boston Garden.

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      SkylerV 5 years ago

      Not old enough to have went to a Grateful Dead concert. Wish I had though. Your pictures are awesome.

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      SkylerV 5 years ago

      Not old enough to have went to a Grateful Dead concert. Wish I had though. Your pictures are awesome.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @Linda BookLady: There's nothing like a Grateful Dead Show 8-)

      Especially on the Left Coast ;-)

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Hi there! Yes, I have been to Grateful Dead concerts. Most memorable... and I still listen to the music, now and then. Great photos!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @Bubbajuju: That's awesome; thank you for your kind words, Squid Likes and participation.

      Good Ole Grateful Dead ;-)

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      Bubbajuju 5 years ago

      Louisville Kentucky, Freedom Hall- When we were all leaving the first nights show I saw spirit flowing above us as we all exited the building. Of course I was a bit in the spirit world but this was real, blueish, flowing spirit like a cloud above us that stayed with the crowd as we left the arena. Unbelievable! So glad you were born, Deadicated! Go forth and propagate more kindness!

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      KevinGeetar 5 years ago

      Not as many as you, but quite a few. I miss Jerry, things just haven't been the same.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      That's a great shot of Jerry! Though I never saw the band perform live, I've always listened to their music and still do. So many classic songs, with an unmistakable sound.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Great fan lens.

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      No, but I wish I had.

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      Rankography 5 years ago

      Great lens and I loved the Madison SQ Garden photo album. Great deadication lens. Blessings.

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      Missed out and never got to see the Dead! :(

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I've never seen the Grateful Dead but wish I had. Nice article.

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      ria 5 years ago

      yes, when i was much younger, good times.

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      montanatravel52 5 years ago

      I can only dream that I had the chance and went, but alas, no... great tribute lens!

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      RockYourBody 5 years ago

      No I haven't but wish I would have! Timing is everything...

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      Psycho Free Zone 5 years ago from USA

      Unfortunately, no, I never got to go to one. Great lens!

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      vinodkpillai lm 5 years ago

      Never been to a Grateful Dead Show but I enjoyed reading this lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Wonderful dedication page - can't say I've ever seen the Dead myself! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      went to the Memphis show but didn't ge a miracle...:) great page, ANGEL BLESSINGS

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      No, but I had a friend who went to one! She had a great time and I'll never forget her stories from it.

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      joannalynn lm 5 years ago

      I have been to many, many Grateful Dead concerts. Nothing compares, however admittedly, there is a kind of fog over all of those experiences :). Hmmm. I do know I had a great time, and always made it home safely. I even turned my boys on to the Dead, and they like a lot, but not all of their songs. I think they'd admit to liking them better if I wasn't such a big fan. Thanks for your Deadication Judy!

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      mbmusgrove lm 5 years ago

      Just stumbled across your site. I have one for the Best Grateful Dead Shows! Exciting to find another fan on Squidoo.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Very nice lens about a great group - never been to a concert, but still - you know what I mean? Pinned to Music I love and blessed.

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      FantasticBDaypartys 5 years ago

      It was great!!!!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Hi, great photos about a great band. Brings back memories...

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Yep, it was awesome.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was one big smile when I saw you were on the front page!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I got a chill seeing the best photograph ever taken at a Grateful Dead concert and agree 100%! I never got to see the Dead live.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Happy Birthday Jerry!

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      I had tickets to see them in 1974 but my parents freaked out and wouldn't let me go at last minute... for some odd reason, never made it to a show later in life but I think all my friends did!

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      Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

      Awesome lens. I never got the chance to go to any of the Dead's concerts. i did, however, use to turn the stereo up with an album blasting away listening to Jerry and Band. This brought back many, many pleasant memories. Thanks!

      Please; "Pay It Forward"!

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      jdwheeler 5 years ago

      Never been. But love the lifestyle.

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      nyclittleitaly 5 years ago

      No, never but a great lens anyway...