Posted August 9, 2013 by Tim Stout in Classic Shows

Grateful Dead // 5-19-74 // Memorial Coliseum

The Grateful Dead were no strangers to Portland, they had been making stops in town since the mid 60s, and would continue to play here on at least a yearly basis throughout most of the 70s.

However, for all of the times the group played here, there’s little doubt in my mind that this show stands above all the rest and represents their peak performance in the Rose City.

The Wall of Sound was in full display on this night and the “China > Rider” is legendary for good reason and there are handfuls of highlights outside of those two tunes as well. But don’t just take my word for it, take a listen for yourself!

Set 1: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Mexicali Blues, Big Railroad Blues, Black Throated Wind, Scarlet Begonias, Beat It On Down The Line, Tennessee Jed, Me And Bobby McGee, Sugaree, Jack Straw, It Must Have Been The Roses, El Paso, Loose Lucy, Money Money, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider

Set 2:¬†Promised Land, Bertha > Greatest Story Ever Told, Ship Of Fools, Weather Report Suite > Wharf Rat, Big River, Peggy-O, Truckin’ > Mind Left Body Jam > Not Fade Away > Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad > One More Saturday Night,¬†Encore: U.S. Blues



Tim Stout

Tim Stout
Co-founder of Portland Live - Tim has been promoting and covering live music for almost fifteen years and feels fortunate to have been born and raised in such a great music city.


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