1974-10-13 [Sun]

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Jerry Garcia - electric guitar, vocals
Merl Saunders - keyboards, vocals
John Kahn - electric bass
Martin Fierro - saxophone, flute
Paul Humphrey - drums
Guest Musicians
Maria Muldaur (partial show)

[1] First known performance (by JGMS) last known performance 1974-06-23 by GD
[2] First known performance but played on 1974-10-12 by Maria Muldaur as guest
[3] with Maria Muldaur
Average Song Gap
Gap Analysis
Name Notes Lead Vocals Last Next
Let It Rock
  • First known performance (by JGMS) last known performance 1974-06-23 by GD
  • Jerry Garcia first 13
    Expressway (To Your Heart) Instrumental 6 2
    Neighbor, Neighbor Jerry Garcia 3 3
    He Ain't Give You None Jerry Garcia 1 4
    Mystery Train Jerry Garcia 2 2
    Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
  • First known performance but played on 1974-10-12 by Maria Muldaur as guest
  • with Maria Muldaur
  • Maria Muldaur first 2
    Also Appearing
    Sons of Champlin and Etta James
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  • Humphrey on drums confirmed by photos.
  • Time and venue initially derived from backstage pass image. Long set break.
  • Slip: "Etta was in court ordered drug treatment at the time and was released to perform, then went immediately back to Tarzana Psychiatric Hospital."
  • Ad reads "KTYD [and ?Pomabo?] Present In Their First Southern California Solo Appearance Direct From San Francisco And The Grateful Dead", billing Jerry Garcia, Merl Saunders and Friends, plus the openers. Two comments. First, of course, strictly speaking the appearance statement is not true - the Group had played the Ash Grove ca. xxx. Second, besides the non sequitur of "San Francisco and the Grateful Dead", use of the latter was expressely verboten in the contracts they'd be using three weeks later, on the east coast. So, while I am unable to see the contract for 10/13/74, I'd bet it includes a clause saying that the dreaded GD cannot be uttered in promoting this gig, yet here it is. I wonder if Jerry just said "go ahead" since the Dead would hang it up for 18 months exactly one week after this show. The caption begins "Jerry Garcia, lead guitarist with the Grateful Dead, ..." - this is pretty strongly out-of-pattern. Again, I hypothesize that this is not unrelated to the Dead's soonerly touring hiatus, though precisely what's going on, I couldn't say. The caption also says that tickets will (first!) go on sale at the Bowl box office starting at 10. So they haven't sold any tickets yet - this gig might not have drawn very well.
  • preview: Van Soest 19741011;
  • ad: Santa Barbara News and Review, October 11, 1974, p. 10;
  • ad: Santa Barbara News-Press, October 12, 1974, p. C3;
  • caption: "Concert at Bowl," Santa Barbara News-Press, October 12, 1974, p. C9;
  • review: [negative] Rowell 1974: he says headliners JGMS were "eclipsed by Etta James, the Sons of Champlin, and a surprise appearance by Maria Muldaur." Maria Muldaur joined the band unannounced and sang Fats Wallers's "Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You". This was apparently the end of the set, the crowd was fired up and called her out for an encore -- "she saved the set". Overall, "What was coming from the stage was, at worst, disdain; at best, a 'stoned' lack of awareness." He sounds a bit miffed.
  • expost: [picture] "Garcia's New Band at the Granada," Santa Barbara News and Review, June 20, 1975, p. 19;
  • review: [positive] Van Soest 19741017;
  • JGMF: Recently added to TJS, Saunders images
  • JGMF: Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You?
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