1968-05-05 [Sun]

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Jerry Garcia - electric guitar (lead), vocals
Bob Weir - electric guitar (rhythm), vocals
Phil Lesh - electric bass, vocals
Ron McKernan - organ, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums, perc
Mickey Hart - drums, perc
[1] According to eyewitness the Dead played this song (Per Deadessays.com blog)
[2] According to Gary Lambert who attended the show, the Dead played this song (Per Deadessays.com blog)
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Name Notes Lead Vocals Last Next
Morning Dew
  • According to eyewitness the Dead played this song (Per Deadessays.com blog)
  • Jerry Garcia 2 2
    Cryptical Envelopment >
  • According to eyewitness the Dead played this song (Per Deadessays.com blog)
  • Jerry Garcia 2 0
    The Other One >
  • According to eyewitness the Dead played this song (Per Deadessays.com blog)
  • Bob Weir 2 4
    Cryptical Envelopment >
  • According to eyewitness the Dead played this song (Per Deadessays.com blog)
  • Jerry Garcia 0 5
    New Potato Caboose
  • According to Gary Lambert who attended the show, the Dead played this song (Per Deadessays.com blog)
  • Bob Weir 4 8
    Alligator
  • According to eyewitness the Dead played this song (Per Deadessays.com blog)
  • Ron McKernan 3 3
    Turn On Your Lovelight
  • According to Gary Lambert who attended the show, the Dead played this song (Per Deadessays.com blog)
  • Ron McKernan 5 9
    Also Appearing
    Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Jefferson Airplane
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    Notes
  • Billboard article says Sunday (6th), but NYT article is pretty solid evidence of the actual date. Kennely concurs.
  • Aftenoon free concert. Set list (including song order) uncertain.
  • LIA: November 24, 1968: Jam with Jefferson Airplane, Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI (POSSIBLE) (comment) On May 5 1968, the Dead played a free show in Central Park with the Airplane and the Butterfield Blues Band. An eyewitness on deadlists says, "The night before, 5/4/68 at the Fillmore East, Paul Kantner told the audience that they will be playing free in the park with the Dead tomorrow. The Dead opened 5/5/68 with Bob Weir saying to the NYC crowd, 'Welcome to San Francisco.'" Although he remembers the Dead opening and the Airplane playing next, the Village Voice article from May 16 said that Butterfield and the Airplane went first, and the Dead closed, and apparently had to cut their set short because they weren't permitted to play longer in the park. I'm reminded of the September 16, 1967 free concert in Griffith Park in Los Angeles - the two bands were in town, had the day free, and decided what the heck, let's have a free afternoon show in a park... (Though they'd both played the night before, both on 9/15/67 and 5/4/68!)
  • deadsources: May 5, 1968: Central Park, New York City
  • deadessays: Deadbase Corrections
  • deadessays: 1968 Show List
  • deadsources: May 4-9, 1968: New York
  • hooterollin: Grateful Dead Performance List January-June 1968
  • Note varying attendance estimates, b/w 6,000 and 10,000.
  • review: Kifner 1968;
  • mention: Kennely 1968;
  • review: "10,000 See Free Concert in Park," Billboard, May 18, 1968 p. 14;
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