Band Jerry Garcia And Friends
Venue The Matrix
Location San Francisco, CA
Date 10/8/68 - Tuesday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One Clementine Jam (1) ; Clementine Jam > The Eleven Jam > Death Don't Have No Mercy ; The Seven ; Dark Star Jam > Cosmic Charlie
Two Next Time You See Me Jam ; Jam ; The Other One > Jam
Three Jam (2) ; Jam ; Jam ; Prisoner Blues ; Jam (3)
Comments Bobby and Pigpen were absent. These shows were billed as "Jerry Garrceeah (Garcia) and His Friends" on the poster for the October 1968 schedule at The Matrix (see "The Art of Rock", page 166). However, the "on the town" column in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, by Ralph J. Gleason, which which gave listings of what bands were playing locally, says that "The Grateful Dead and Elvin Bishop" are playing at The Matrix on these dates (see the San Francisco Chronicle for Monday October 7, 1968 pg 49 and Wednesday October 9, 1968 pg 48). on page 26 of issue #34 (Summer 1996) of Dupree's Diamond News, Dick Latvala stated in an interview "What I know exists in our Vault are the shows, and they are on four-track 15 i.p.s. There are seven reels for 10/8, which are marked first and second sets with [Jack] Casady, then Elvin Bishop and Casady" (1) Jerry's amp dies and they begin the Clementine Jam over again. (2) All of Set 3 with Elvin Bishop. (3) Jack Casady, Hart, and Bishop only. In addition to Set 2, DeadBase XI lists: Caution (Do Not Stop on tracks) > Jam (with Jack Casady). in DeadBase X they say in the tape timings section for 10-8-68 on page 248, that right before the 2nd set there is this announcement: Jerry: 'Is Elvin here? Is Elvin here? Got his old scene here. Too much fun. We're gona let Elvin play. This guy who's gonna play the bass here is Jack Casady. This band is called Mickey Hart and the Hartbeats.' Elvin Bishop: 'Hello, my name is Elvin Bishop and my band was supposed to be playing here tonight. But we had a little trouble and one of the members of the rhythm section couldn't make it, so we're gonna sort of be jamming.'
Recordings 180 SB Circulating recordings of the 1968 Matrix shows trace back to Bill Gadsden's reels. Bill and Peter Kafer made copies of Peter Abram's (owner of the Matrix) two track 7" Scotch reels in the summer of 1974. Peter Abram's reels were either Masters or 1st gens. There are also multi-track masters of some of these shows in the vault.
Download Sources
Contributors David Sorochty, Bill Gadsden, Dick Latvala, "The Art Of Rock" book p166, Brian Pollard
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