“Yesterday’s Dead Today”, Monday, May 13th, 7-9pm Eastern
Written by Mark Binder on Sunday, May 12, 2019
“There is NOTHING like a Grateful Dead Concert!”
Civic Center, Providence, R.I.
May 13, 1981
SBD > Master Cassette > Reel > Dat (48k)
All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
Disc 1 – Set 1:
- Wang Dang Doodle tease
- Jack Straw
- Tennessee Jed >
- C C Rider
- Friend Of The Devil
- Mama Tried >
- Mexicali Blues
- Bird Song >
- Let It Grow >
Disc 2 – Set 2:
- Finiculi Finicula
- Samson And Delilah
- Terrapin Station >
- Lost Sailor >
- Saint Of Circumstance >
- Drums >
Disc 3 – Set 2 cont’d.:
- Space >
- Iko Iko >
- I Need A Miracle >
- Stella Blue >
- Good Lovin’
6 – Brokedown Palace
Considering the number of recordings in the Archive, this is a very under-listened-to show. Reviews from this
REVIEW: Solid ’81 show.
This is a really nice ’81 with some definite terrific moments. In particualar…
First Set: CC Rider, while not a favorite of mine, caught my attention as a pretty hot rendition. Friend of the
Devil is highlight of the show. Jerry rips it to shreds and from the first note to the last it pleases the ears.
Mexacali, Bird Song and Let it Grow all have real nice guitar leads.
Second Set: Terrapin nice. Lost/Saint is really tight and strong. The Stella Blue is primo.Overall, a very good ’81
performance with excellent recording quality. The more I listen to this year, the more I like it.
REVIEW: iko iko ah day
I would add that the iko out’v space is very nice.
REVIEW: primed Jerry, but to what effect
Jerry was feeling quite well, but he wasn’t working with a whole lot of support. Let It Grow, Deal and Terrapin
REVIEW: Bird Song>LIG>Deal
This sequence is excellent, with some fine playing by all. The Bird Song in particular is a standout, rivaling
some of the fantastic versions from March. Though the jam is a bit on the short side, the flow and energy are
palpable, with Garcia weaving his usual melodic magic.
Reviews from other recordings:
REVIEW: My First Dead Show–Thank you!
Was just turned on to the scope of this site and holy crap: This was my first Dead show. I was 16 and sitting in
the taper’s section, but never got a tape…Thank you so much!
REVIEW: Very tight, high energy show!
1981 was never one of my favorite years, but this one’s a keeper. Nice first set, with excellent versions of CC
Rider & FOTD. Jerry is in fine form on Bird Song, and the set really ends up on a high note with Let It Grow
and Deal. Many shows I have just can’t regain the high energy level after drums/space. The
Iko>Miracle>Stella>Good Lovin are exceptional. Oh by the way, the sound quality is excellent.
If you’re really into the 79-81 sound, you’ll probably think this one’s a 5 star!
REVIEW: a little secret
1981 is the most underrated year in GD history. check into it.
REVIEW: Very nice
Quality of this one is top notch. Aiko Aiko didn’t get many in 81 so is outstanding for that alone
“Today’s Dead Tomorrow”, Upcoming Gig Events
As always, verify with the venue…
Kettle Of Fish:
Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Wed., May 15th, 7:00 p.m.
5238 Ocean Blvd, Sarthasota, 346-5443
Marina Jack’s Patio Bar, Thurs., May 16th, 6:00 p.m.
2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, 365-4232
Motorworks Brewing, Fri., May 17th, 7:00 p.m.
1014 9th St. W., Bradenton, 896-9892
Freckled Fin, Sat., May 18th, 8:00 p.m.
101 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach, 251-3930
Stottlelmyer’s Smokehouse, Sun., May 19th, 3:00 p.m.
19 East Rd., Sarasota, 312-5969
Schmitz Brothers Band:
Linger Lodge, Sat., May 18th, 7:00 p.m.
7205 85th St. Ct. East, Bradenton, 755-2757
Ship Of Fools:
Bob Dylan Tribute
5 O’Clock Club, Fri., May 17th, 5-7:00 p.m. acoustic, 9-1:00 a.m. electric
1930 Hillview St., Sarasota, 366-5555
The Blue Rooster:
Tues., May 14th, Lauren Mitchell & Bill Buchman, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Wed., May 15th, Al Fuller Blues Jam, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., May 16th, Thomas Carabasi Samba Jazz Group, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Fri., May 17th, Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sat., May 18th, Ari and The Alibis, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, 388-7539
J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Cafe: (new times! Tues., Wed, Thurs., 6 p.m.; Mon, Wed., Sat., 7:00 p.m.)
Mon., May 13th, Open Mic with Rick Alvis, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tues., May 14th, Rick Miller, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Wed., May 15th, Joe Smothers, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thurs., May 16th, Ted Stevens, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fri., May 17th, Acoustic Therapy, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Sat., May 18th, Mumbo Jumbo, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
987 South Packinghouse Road, Sarasota, 371-9358
Sarasota Folk Club:
This month’s Sailing Squadron concert is Mon., May 20th, Frankie J and The Chicken Parade.
NOTE: date so as to not conflict with Memorial Day.
Open mic at 7:15 p.m., concert at 8:30
1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy. 388-2355
For all information regarding the Sarasota Folk Club, go to their website: