“Yesterday’s Dead Today”, Monday, June 28th, 7-9pm Eastern
Written by Mark Binder on June 27, 2021
“It is said that, if you lined up every deadhead who had ever seen the Grateful Dead live, it would wind around the moon, and about halfway back…”
Hershey Park Stadium,, Hershey, PA
June 28, 1985
One of my earliest tapes, when one could buy blank cassettes from head shops and they would spin
you a copy. The Dead ended that, too, because, “…money is changing hands…”…
I thought I would leave all this in for a change…how all this information comes down with the text
file, and how absolutely fanatical recordists are!
2 Source Matrix:
SBD -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> CD
All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
Nakamichi CM-300 (CP-4) x2 > Cassette Master
Cassette Master (Nakamichi DR-1) > Korg MR-1000 (1-bit/5.6MHz)
Microphones on tripod stand at 7 ft height under an umbrella in the rain.
Recorded by Bob Morris — thanks to Sam for help, transfer by Bob Morris.
Matrix by dusborne
Set 1 – Disc 1:
2. Cold Rain & Snow >
3. Promised Land
4. Ramble on Rose
5. Ain’t Superstitious > Down in the Bottom
6. Bird Song >
7. Comes a Time >
Set 2 – Disc 2:
2. The Music Never Stopped >
3. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
4. Estimated Prophet >
5. Terrapin Station >
6. Drums >
Disc 3 – Set 2 cont’d.:
1. Space >
2. I Need A Miracle >
3. Morning Dew >
4. Throwing Stones >
5. Not Fade Away
6. Day Job
The only review from this particular recording:
REVIEW: 5-Star Sound for Bass Fanatics
This matrix of 1985-06-28 brings me back in time with startling ease. In the year 1985, Phil Lesh
was a madman with plans to vibrate humanity at low frequencies. At this particular concert I recall
being immediately in front of the soundboard, pummeled by the sound of the bass. Phil’s
experimental Modulus bass guitars were pushing the tone frontiers, and he backed them with
monstrous power amps. This was a monster with a maw bigger than the venues, able to swallow
them whole. The SBDs have been available since the concert ended, but this MATRIX edges past all
of the circulation copies I have heard. Listen to this “Estimated Prophe”, “I Need a Miracle” , and
“Morning Dew” with subwoofers on high for a reminder of the immense power. Near the end of
Dew, Phil slammed a crusher that fried some component in the big array of sound – I witnessed the
mini-mushroom cloud of smoke from it…. I’m sure it was a non-hallucination….
From other recordings:
REVIEW: All Wet
A large feild next to the famous chocolate bar Factory. What an odd place to see a show. We were
fresh off the heels of a smokin’ Saratoga show. I woke up under my buddies car in the parking lot at
Hersey. He wanted a private moment with his chick. Anyway, all I remember is RAIN. And lots of it.
A great Bird Song- Comes a Time combo.Not alot of people at this show either.
REVIEW: Wet and Wonderful
What can I say. My first Dead show and it was nearly memorable (if you know what I mean). Yes,
there was a rain. Yes, there were sparks flying off the stage. Yes, in any other circumstance I would
have been completely miserable and fearing for my life. But instead, for probably the first time in my
life I realized that I was in place where I could do just about anything and not be judged. I danced
like there was no tomorrow. I knew practically none of the songs, but to this day I have this mystical
and magical memory of Estimated Prophet going into Terrapin Station. I went to plenty of shows
after this, but this show where I stood in the mud and danced in the rain was never surpassed. Just
REVIEW: One of my favs
I love this tape. The Dead were jazzed for the second set. Love it
REVIEW: One of my first bootlegs
This show, and the ones near it in time, are essential for any good dead collection. This particular
night has an amazing first set. Often in 85, the first sets were as good as the second sets (not unlike
72 or 77), and this is no exception. That doesn’t mean the second set is lacking at all. There’s a lot
energy in the summer of 85, and this show is a good representation of that fact.
REVIEW: this was my first Dead show
16 years old, rain-soaked, probably the first time that far away from home… not what i expected at
all! my heavy metal moondoggie friends made fun of me for going to this show but by that next year
they were in the mix, too. i of course didn’t realize at the time that estimated->terrapin was an
unusual segue or that it was the last bottom->superstitious or that it was peculiar that the 1st set
ended with three straight Jerry songs (but i guess that got evened out in the 2nd set). though Jerry’s
vocals were lacking most of 1985, IMO that is one of the finer years of Brent-era Gratefuls…
REVIEW: Chocolate Rain
As a couple of people have already mentioned,
this show brings back the early days for me as well. My 1st show was thier next stop at
merriweather. But the guy who took me went to this one. I was 15 yrs old and remember him talking
about how it rained it’s ass off. The bootleg that he later gave me he entitled “Chocolate Rain”.
Seemed appropriate! I still have that original tape from 20 years ago. It is a cherished part of my
collection. Had to give it 5 stars for memories and songlist.
REVIEW: wasted on youth
I was 18 years old, it was maybe my eighth or tenth show,I had no idea that it was a show that would
go down in history. The atmosphere was great, we cared not at all about the rain.We abandoned our
vehicle at a store a couple of miles from the venue due to non moving traffic and ran. we arrived at
the first notes of cold rain.The whole trip was a blast! This was where I was supposed to be when I
was supposed to be there.Atime I will never forget,at least what I can remember.
…and so forth…
“Today’s Dead Tomorrow”, Upcoming Gig Events
As always, verify with the venue…
Remember, folks, to call the venue to see if they are indeed open in the first place, and the event is going on as scheduled, and what protocols are in place.
Experimental Farm Road:
“Freedom Fest Street Fair”
The Overton & 6th Street(Boulevard Of The Arts”)
Tues., June 22nd, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Kettle Of Fish:
Hart’s Landing, Sat., July 3rd, 7:00 p.m.
920 John Ringling Causeway Sarasota, 330-0650
Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Thurs., July 3rd, 2:00 p.m.
5238 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, 346-5443
Pop’s Sunset Grill, Sat., July 3rd, 12:00 p.m.
112 Circuit Road, Nokomis, 488-3177
Schmitz Brothers Band:
Brewburgers, Fri., July 2nd, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
525 Tamiami Trail S., Venice, 786-334
Ship Of Fools:
Motorworks Brewing, Sun., July 4th, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
1014 9th St. W., Bradenton, 896-9892
The Blue Rooster:
Wed., June 30th, Al Fuller Blues Jam, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., July 1st, TC Carr & Lenny Austin, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Fri., July 2nd, Have Gun, Will Travel, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sat., July 3rd, JP Soars and The Red Hots, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sun., July 4th, Truality Sunday Brunch, 11:45 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.
1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, 388-7539
J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Cafe:
Mon., June 218th, Alvis Brothers Band, 600 – 9:00 p.m.
Tues., June 29th, Al Fuller, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Wed., June 30th, Pedro & Zooey, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thurs., July 1st, Stretch, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fri., July 2nd, Mickey White Triage, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Sat., July 3rd, Bonfire Jam Band, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
987 South Packinghouse Road, Sarasota, 371-9358