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“Yesterday’s Dead Today”, Monday, September 2nd, 7-9pm Eastern

Written by on Sunday, September 1, 2019

“It is said that, if you lined up all those who have ever been to a Grateful Dead concert head-to-toe, the line would stretch around the moon, and about halfway back. And nobody would complain!”

Grateful Dead
Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
September 2, 1985
SBD > MC > C > DAT > CD

Disc 1 – Set 1: 64:17

  1. Bertha > 6:50
  2. Greatest Story Ever Told 5:21
  3. West LA Fadeaway 9:54
  4. Mama Tried > 2:38
  5. Me & My Uncle 4:33
  6. Stagger Lee > 5:31
  7. Iko Iko 6:33
  8. Minglewood Blues 8:41
  9. Ramble On Rose 7:10
  10. Hell in a Bucket 7:01

Disc 2 – Set 2: 52:00.

  1. China Cat Sunflower > 5:33
  2. I Know You Rider > 6:33
  3. Woman Are Smarter 8:14.
  4. Ship Of Fools 7:43
  5. Playin’ in the Band > 13:59
  6. Drums > 9:55

Disc 3 – Set 2 cont’d.: 37:03

  1. Space > 9:57
  2. I Need a Miracle > 5:07
  3. China Doll > 5:21
  4. Around and Around > 3:50
  5. Good Lovin’ 8:27
  6. E: Day Job 4:18

a great, fun and sizzlin’ show from the summer ’85 tour. the dead arrive in okc like an F5 torndado and take off
with a ferocious fury that starts strong and doesn’t let up. it’s been my experience since listening to and
collecting the dead for almost forty years that most any show that starts with “bertha” is gonna be an ass kicker.
this one passes the test and then some. hot, hot playing by everyone with strong phil and tremendous mydland.
listen to mydland scat sing during his solo on “minglewood”. garcia and the rest of the boys are cookin’ and
enjoyin’ the ride! the dead always played great shows, often overlooked until dick’s picks 19, in oklahoma city.
here’s another one. a must have from ’85.

REVIEW: Phil jams Me & my Uncle
Very nice show. What a treat to see Jerry power in to Aiko after stagger lee, seeming to take the rest of the boys
by surprise. Check out Phil in the break of Me & My uncle, he goes nuts. Very good second set too, with Playin
& China Doll as highlights. I had a very airy sounding aud tape of this show, and still played it a lot, It is so
nicce to have a great sounding copy now, i love this show.This was one of my favorite venues for the early
eighties, and the boys always seemed to be happy to be there. It seemed to always be one of the top shows of the
midwest/Rocky Mtn outdoors summer tours.

REVIEW: Phil Jams because…
Yes Phil was going off during Me and My Uncle. He was doing so for a reason. One of his speakers was blown.
He was trying to get HP’s attention drawn to it so he was purposely overdriving it. He started to play the upper
registers so it would drive the speakers and HP could climb around on the left side speaker tower and find the
right cabinet. Phil was disgusted by the sound and seemed really annoyed. When he finally got HP’s attention
drawn to it and he started to stress the cones which thrilled the crowd by Phil “going off”. Phil just looked at HP
and shook his head in disgust as if to say “they’ll cheer anything!”. He then laughed and made the best of it by
hamming it up. Garcia was giving Phil the stare down over the eyeglasses and grinning. In this SDB you can
hear that best at about 2 minutes into the song when it really rasps out that speaker. HP identified it and it was

REVIEW: Sweet 1985
They were firing on all cylinders – Listen to Jer really reach for the high notes in Set I, Stagger Lee, Mwood is
very hot, Ramble on Rose – These are all played when he is on… This is a great place to see a show and I have
no doubts it was hopping this Sep night nearly 20 years ago.

REVIEW: This show was fun!
I have to agree with Purple Gel. I loved the Phil licks during Uncle. While a previous reviewer seems to dismiss
it because of the reasons behind it. My take is that I am not that concerned about why something like that
happened, it was always nice to hear a new take on any song, especially one like Me & My Uncle, a song that
seldom seemed to change much at all. If it took soundboard problems to bring out something new and quite
unique, I say someone needed to sabotage the soundboard more often…LOL . The Aiko is really nice, especially
coming out of another New Orleans song, Stagger Lee. This was a really nice show, and a wonderful late
summer afternoon at the Zoo.

REVIEW: all to ourselves!
holy smoke! the dead threw a party and only a few showed up. maybe 6 thousand? 8 thousand? what a beautiful
thing. i recall this show fondly although it was blistering hot. real casual scene.

REVIEW: Am I tripping or did I hear Bobby doing “Scat” during the MInglewood?
During the beginning of the first key board solo in MIngle wood- I thought I heard Bobby doing scat singing-
am I tripping or did you hear it too? Great show by the way

REVIEW: OKC rocked
Friggin incredible ’85 sound kicks great show – end to end…hittin their marks thruout. quality SB. Tea off with
this one…Fore!!

REVIEW: scatting Brent
Definitely Brent scatting during his Minglewood solo. This was not uncommon. I have heard many shows with
him doing this. Mostly the blues songs including Red Rooster and so on.

REVIEW: Don’t Need Playin’
I could swear Brent was trying to segue into Don’t Need Love before drums. The scat was fun, and the B3
instead of piano on I Know You Rider gave it a different feel. Listening-wise, a decent ’85 show overall.
Experience-wise, it was nice to see them back on track after the 2 spotty Texas shows. And I suppose it was
appropriate that Day Job close out our Labor Day party.

REVIEW: 09/02/85! One of the top shows of the ‘85 IMO
This was the very day I was born. And I can almost hear my mom delivering me all the way from Minnesota
(great audio these ‘85 boards!) But seriously, I love 1985 shows for some reason. There’s some hot pockets in
there before Jerry had his coma in 86 (probably from the hot pockets, no but really) I am so grateful to have
been born on a day that there was a Grateful Dead live performance. I love finding friends birthday shows etc.
And I’m sure many of you born between 66-95 have various bday dates that coincide with The Grateful Dead
concert of any given day. I love that about the band. They actually sound pretty strong this show. Jerry’s voice
and guitar although not smoking are definitely on point. Nice hearing Brent in the mix and Phil and Bobby and
the Rhythm Devils Billy and Mickey, excellent audio balance! Decent song selection, the audience seems to be
diggin it too! Enjoy this beautiful 1985 GD show that also happens to be the day I came into being.

“Today’s Dead Tomorrow”, Upcoming Gig Events
As always, verify with the venue…

Florida Mountain Boys:
J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Cafe, Fri., Sept. 6th
987 South Packinghouse Road, Sarasota, 371-9358

Kettle Of Fish:
Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Wed., Sept. 4th, 7:00 p.m.
5238 Ocean Blvd, Sarthasota, 346-5443

Marina Jack’s Patio Bar, Thurs., Sept. 5th, 6:00 p.m.
2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, 365-4232

Gilligan’s Island Bar & Grill, Fri., Sept. 6th, 6:00 p.m.
5253 Ocean Boulevard, Sarasota, 349-4759

The Blue Rooster, Sat., Sept. 7th, 8:00 p.m.
1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, 388-7539

kid red solo:
The Bazaar at Apricot & Lime, Fri., Sept. 6th, Noon – 3:00 p.m.
821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota, 343-2712

The Blue Rooster, Thurs., Sept. 5th, 7:30 p.m.
1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, 388-7539

Schmitz Brothers Band:
Eagles Aerie #2756 Sarasota, Fri., Sept. 6th, 6:00 p.m.
2926 Wilkinson Rd., Sarasota, 923-6788

Ship Of Fools:
The Mable(formerly Growler’s), Fri., Sept. 6th, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
2831 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 487-7373

Stottlelmyer’s Smokehouse, Sun., Sept. 8th 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.,
19 East Rd., Sarasota, 312-5969

The Blue Rooster:
Tues., Sept. 3rd, Lauren Mitchell with Bill Buchman, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 4th, Al Fuller Blues Jam, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 5th, Passerine, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 6th, Ari and The Alibis, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 7th, Kettle Of Fish, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 8th, Truality gospel brunch, Noon to 2:00 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., Sept. 2nd, closed
Tues., Sept. 3rd, closed
Wed., Sept. 4th, Frankie Lombardi 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 5th, Al Owen, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 6th, Florida Mountain Boys, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 7th, Bonfire Jam Band, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
987 South Packinghouse Road, Sarasota, 371-9358

Sarasota Folk Club:
This month’s Fogartyville concert is Mon., Sept. 30th, Dean Johanesen and The 24 Hour Men
Open mic at 7:15 p.m., concert at 8:30

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, 894-6469

For all information regarding the Sarasota Folk Club, go to their website: