- Jonathan Hart
This month’s episode focuses in on four shows in the Middle of April of 1978. Working their way out of the South, the Grateful Dead played Duke University on 4/12, VPI (now commonly referred to as Virginia Tech) on 4/14, William & Mary on 4/15, and Huntington Civic Center on 4/16. These four shows display a tidy cross-section of the band at the time and, fortunately for us, some quality tapes circulate.
The band is working into the layout of the modern Grateful Dead, with song oriented first sets and second set jamming but the jams aren’t only in set two. In the episode, we talk a little about each show and then we’ve assembled a pair of ‘sets’ from highlights of the four nights.
Set 1:Jack Straw (4/16), Dire Wolf (4/14), Beat It On Down The Line (4/12), Peggy-O (4/16), Cassidy (4/16), Scarlet Begonias > Scarlet Fire (4/16)
Set 2:Bertha > Good Lovin’ (4/12), It Must’ve Been The Roses (4/12), Dancing In The Streets > Drums (4/14) > Drums > NFA > Morning Dew (4/15), Johnny B Goode (4/14)