“There Is NOTHING like a Grateful Dead concert!”
Grateful Dead, Community War Memorial, Rochester N.Y.November 7, 1985
MSC > Reel to Reel > DAT > CDR
CDR via Dave Shepard
EAC’ed, shn’ed & Patched by Charlie Connor 9/7/01
Charlie Connor’s Master Audience Cassette (Maxell MX90)
FOB AUD>Beyer Dynamic M88’s>Sony TCD5M(CM)>Nak DR-10
Out of the fifteen recordings residing in the Archive, these are the reviews of one of only the two
Disc 1 – Set 1:
1. Dancin’ In the Streets >
2. Dire Wolf
3. C.C. Rider >
5. Mama Tried >
6. Mexicalli Blues >
7. Cumberland Blues
8. Beat //It On Down The Line >
Disc 2 – Set 2:
1. Touch of Grey >
2. Samson & Delilah
3. High Time
4. Let It Grow >
5. Drums >
Disc 3 – Set 2 cont’d.:
1. S//pace >
2. Gimme Some Lovin’ >
3. Stella Blue >
4. Throwing Stones >
5. Not Fade Away
6. In The Midnight Hour
REVIEW: Ah, my second show ever…
Had a full length leg cast on at the time too…very weird. These were both great shows in Rochester,
solid 85 calibre performance all the way thu…had the tapes for years, but never this nice SBD version
REVIEW: Let it Grow
2nd set Let it Grow. Do I need to say anymore? It was even better live!!!!
REVIEW: One of my Top Ten
I saw about 120 shows between 1982>94 and this makes my top ten for sure. I like the country western
hodown first set with CC>Loser> Unc>Mex>Cumberland>Down the line…wham, bam, bam. Second set
is one of the best I ever witnessed. Sound quality of this version is pretty good too, although killer
audiences do the insane Rochester crowd justice. One of the most high energy places on the East
Coast.,PS- How cool is it when Billy grabs a mike during drums and gives the crowd clapping
instructions…way over the top. PS,PS- Best High Time ever.
REVIEW: gooney birds
there was a banner…i have yet to see a picture except in my mind…and yes my brother they were good
this is one of the most underrated shows out there… that beat it on down and deal just shred…
REVIEW: Banner Drops
great show and a good time. I vividly remember the anniversary banner dropping at the end of a rousing
version of touch and then the stage and house lights fading to a faint reddish haze over the stage with a
fist pumping elongated percussion-led introduction to samson. anything better than a mid 80’s east coast
REVIEW: steelin it
Oh my gooney birds, i had forgotten all about that. So funny. Was this the show that bob sat on the stage
playing slide? or was that night after. I remember I was at the stage and he sat in front of me. Such fun
times. I have a picture of this somewhere, and we made tshirts of it.
REVIEW: My First show!
Ok, so I didn’t know jack sh*t aside from Uncle John’s, Truckin’ and Dead Set when I went to this show
and, in fact, my friend and I agreed that Van Halen’s version of “Dancing in the Street” was much better
than the Dead’s! Hehe. I’m still on the fence on that one. 😉 I haven’t heard this show in many years, and
it’s a true joy to hear it again. This wasn’t an especially tremendous show, but it was solid and, hell, it
was my first. Highlights are a great second-set High Time, a very rockin’ post-space, and some energetic
first set tunes (BIODTL especially nice). My other favorite memory from this show is walking out to the
hallway to go to the bathroom and … holy sh*t, what the hell is going on out here??!!! There’s people
*everywhere* in the hallway dancing! Some old hippy smiles and with an inviting tone says to me
“dance! dance!” A few years later, the hallway would become my standard place for a Dead show, but at
this point I was very intrigued, but a little freaked out too! 🙂
Wow, this site/archive is awesome, and so was this show! Kind of a hometown show for me, well
college hometown anyway. A fifteen minute drive to the arena, in the requisite VW microbus, w/ all the
pre-show activities…plus. A classic old barn-like arena truncated at one end w/ a stage, it held about
10,000 max capacity, GA style. We got in just as it opened and took seats right on stage right. Recall
very well an unforgettable “Deal”, my deciding to go to the floor for the 2nd set, and then an emotional,
in my mind, “Touch of Grey” replete w/ the banner unfurling, as indicative that the band was back after
Jerry’s hiatus from heroin troubles. After there things got hazy, but the setlist kinda looks familiar from
what I can recollect amidst swirls and all the peeps around me as I was about a third of the way back on
the floor. Still, uhh…out there, when I got back to campus it seemed so surreal that there could be such a
different world a short drive away. Back then it was no stretch to get up and do it all again the next night,
which is exactly what I did, but this show really stood out for me, one of my all time faves.
REVIEW: As well to count the angels dancing on a pin..
Nice crisp SBD..Solid show~! My friend Fat Matt fell in to the river before the show..tripping
balls~Crazy nite from that point on~Rochester Rocks~~The LET IT GROW is off the fucking
hook…Give It A Whirl>Forever Grateful>Forever Dead
“Today’s Dead Tomorrow”, Upcoming Gig Events
As always, verify with the venue…
Kettle Of Fish:
Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Wed., Nov. 9th, 7:00 p.m.
5238 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, 346-5443
Marina Jack’s Patio Bar, Thurs., Nov. 10th, 6:00 p.m.
2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, 365-4232
Clancy’s Irish Sports Pub & Grill, Fri. Nov. 11th, 6:00 p.m.
6218 Cortez Rd., Bradenton, 794-2489
Stottlelmeyer’s Smokehouse, Sat., Nov. 12th, 7:00 p.m..
19 East Rd., Sarasota, 312-5969
Michael Miller’s open mic:
Painter’s Palate, Sun., Nov. 13th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
2801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 355-4620
Schmitz Brothers Band:
Casey Key Fish House, Sat., Nov. 12th, 3:00 p.m..
801 Blackburn Point Rd., Osprey, 966-1901
The Blue Rooster:
Tues., Nov. 8th, Suitcase Full Of Blues, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 9th, Dru Cutler, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 10th, TC Car & Bolts of Blue with Josh Nelms, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 11th, Netty Fox Band, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 12th, Kettle Of Fish, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13th, Truality Gospel Brunch, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, 388-7539
Sarasota Folk Club:
This month’s Sailing Squadron concert is Monday, Nov. 28th, Grant Peeples
Open mic at 7:15, concert at 8:30
1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy. 388-2355
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