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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Unknown Locations

 Anyone have any clues for the locations below?

Unknown location #1
San Francisco, California
Jerry performed here in
Bob Weir
Jerry plays a banjo.
"I do also remember one or two gigs/jams that were strictly acoustic were Bob played guitar and Jerry played banjo with one or two other guys, at a couple of very small venues, though for the life of me I can't remember where they were."[1]

Unknown location #1, San Francisco, CA
1.)^Terry Nails, comments, 2012-01-27, "Hartbeats" Family Dog On The Great Highway, San Francisco, CA August 28, 1969, 2010-04-10,

 Unknown location #2 
Jerry recorded here in
June 1969
Jerry plays an acoustic bottleneck guitar.

Location unknown #3
Jerry rehearsed here in
July 1967
Grateful Dead
Lovelight rehearsal session, multiple takes, 45 minutes.

Unknown location #4
Unknown City, State
Jerry performed here in

Story of a tripper with a big knife threatening Garcia on stage at a ballroom.[1]

Unknown location #4, Unknown City, State
1.)^Abbott, Lee. 1979. The Jerry Garcia Feature: Dead Reckoning and Hamburger Metaphysics. Feature (March): 32, 34-37. Also reprinted in Dodd and Spaulding 2000.

Unknown Location #5 1963
Palo Alto, California
Jerry performed here in
Elves, Gnomes, Leprechauns and Little People’s Chowder and Marching Society Volunteer Fire Brigade and Ladies Auxiliary String Band (Garcia on banjo. Hunter on guitar. NB NRPS parallel: “Hunter was the first victim [of Garcia’s expectation of virtuosity]: he was thanked and thrown out of the group ... An enthusiastic player but with little talent, he gave way to Eric Thompson.” Also Pigpen, Kreutzmann... they became the Black Mountain Boys.[1]

Autumn 1963 (prior to 11/22/63) Badwater Valley Boys (Robert Hunter and others)[1]
"They meet Bill Monroe at the Ash Grove in Los Angeles.[1]

Unknown Location #5 1963, Palo Alto, CA
1.)^Dister, Alain. 2007. Grateful Dead: Une légende californienne. Paris: Le Castor Astral. ISBN 9782859207298, pg. 44, Elves, Gnomes, Leprechauns and Little People’s Chowder and Marching Society Volunteer Fire Brigade and Ladies Auxiliary String Band, 2014-01-26,

Unknown location #6
San Francisco, California

Jerry recorded here in
Early 1970
Brett Champlin and Robbie Stokes of Devil's Kitchen
"Robbie says he just remembers that it was the two of us but not a whole lot about it. All I remember from that was that it was cold and kind of early in the day (probably early afternoon) so I had a big styrofoam cup of coffee that I spilled all over the amplifier I was playing through when I bumped it with the head of my guitar… and Garcia was very gracious about it saying, “don’t worry about it, we have lots of amplifiers”… and that he said the music was for background music for a play that a friend of his was producing about the Tarot. For different pieces he would say this is about such and such card and the image is blah-blah so it should kind of feel like this n that… and we’d just noodle around for a while until something started to come together…"[1]

Unknown location #6, San Francisco, California
1.)^Champlin, Brett, bandmember of Devil's Kitchen, 2014-11-01, email to author.

Unknown location #7
Los Angeles, California
Jerry performed here on

4/6/66 Grateful Dead
4/7/66 Grateful Dead
4/8/66 Grateful Dead
4/9/66 Grateful Dead
"According to the 3/25/66 tape: After You Don't Have to Ask, Garcia says: "Okay, we'll be back in just a few scant minutes." And Lesh: "We're gonna take a little break now. Don't forget: on the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th…"(cut)."[1]

Unknown location #7, Los Angeles, CA
1.)^The Deadlists Project, 1966-04-06,

Unknown location #8
Northern California
Jerry performed here on
Early June 1969
John "Marmaduke" Dawson
Gene Sculati, from Napa, in a very insightful little piece written ca. mid-June 1969 [1]: Recently “a local resort featured Dead accomplice Marmaduke singing country (and playing guitar) to the accompaniment of Jerry Garcia on pedal steel guitar.”[10]

Unknown location #8, Resort Northern California, CA
1.)^ Sculati, Gene. 1969. What’s Become of the Grateful Dead? Jazz & Pop 8.9 (September): 22-24.

Unknown Location #9
Unknown City, State

Jerry performed here in
1963 or 1964
Pine Valley Boys, Richard Greene
Jerry plays a banjo.
Richard Greene first met Garcia in the early 1960's, before Garcia was a member of the Grateful Dead. Greene believes it was around 1963 or 1964 when Garcia was playing with the Pine Valley Boys. Greene remembers, “Jerry was only at that time a banjo player. He would come around, and we would start jamming. He was quite a nice guy and I liked him.”[1]

Unknown Location #9, Unknown City, State
1.)^Sforzini, Hank, Five Musicians Remember Jerry Garcia, 2012-08-20,

Unknown location #10
Nightmares and Dreamscapes
Jerry recorded here in
My Pretty Pony
Jerry is the narrator of the story. He does not play guitar.
Nightmares and Dreamscapes-Stephen King
Plot Summary
An elderly man, his death rapidly approaching, takes his young grandson up onto a hill behind his house and gives the boy his pocket watch. Then, standing among falling apple blossoms, the man also "gives instruction" on the nature of time: how when you grow up, it begins to move faster and faster, slipping away from you in great chunks if you don't hold tightly onto it. Time is a pretty pony, with a wicked heart.

"I heard this from Dennis McNally who interviewed Jerry, from what I understand 1,000's of times. He is writing a book currently about his interviews with Jerry. From what I understand he is the one who recorded the Stephen King reading. The publishers asked if Jerry would read it and jerry didn't really want to do it, but his buddy Dennis McNally convinced him to do it, and they recorded it in Jerry's home studio. It was a pretty bad read and lots of page turning and noises etc. The publisher asked Jerry to re-read it and he said no. They weren't going to put it out, but Jerry and Dennis insisted they send it to Stephen King and let him make up his mind whether he liked it or not. They never heard back from the publishers, and it got released. So Stephen must of liked it."[1]

Unknown location #10, Nightmares and Dreamscapes
1.)^NoiseDrop, message, 2015-07-15,

Unknown Studio #11
San Francisco, California
Jerry recorded here in
Late 1965
Neal Cassady, Warlocks
Speed Limit
Jerry plays an early 1960's Guild Starfire III guitar if he plays at all.
Prankster production tape.
"The Dead may be the anonymous band playing the generic surf instrumental behind the Prankster chatter. The recording is repeated a few times and can be heard most clearly without the Prankster overdubs in the last few minutes. It's not too dissimilar from other things the early Dead did, like Heads Up on 3/19/66 or the instrumental on 3/25/66. Then again, it could be a random, unidentified surf-band record. Recording date unknown.
A bit of this instrumental was used on the Capitol LP “LSD: A Documentary Report,” released in 1966."[1]

Unknown Studio #11, San Francisco, CA

Unknown location #12
Jerry was scheduled to perform here on
Grateful Dead
Doug Sahm And Band would have opened.

Unknown Location #13 Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California
Jerry performed here on
Grateful Dead
The Book Of The Deadheads lists a show in Golden Gate Park on this date;this must be the show DeadBase IX lists on 5/7/69. DeadBase IX notes a show at an "Unknown Location" on 5/8/69.

Unknown studio #14
Jerry was scheduled to record here in
Spring 1995
Ralph Stanley
"Jerry was suppose to go record with Ralph prior to his death (for the Clinch Mountain Country CD, release date May 19, 1998, the one Bob Dylan is on)...that was until Jerry's people got into it with Dick Freeland (who owned Rebel Records at the time). What Ralph told me..that it was all set up..and Jerry's people said well we also want to send "someones whose name I can't remember) make sure it was recorded correctly etc..and Dick Freeland said no and he (Jerry) can't come either. Ralph was not pleased at the time because he knew that would have added to the sales of the CD. I believe this was supposed to occur in the spring of '95.
Ralph wanted to have Jerry play on the next CD he did (with a lot of other singers/musicians…the one he did after he stopped recording with Rebel and Dick Freeland...Ralph at some point had a law suit going against Dick Freeland). The reason why I know all because I'm good friends with Ralph...started seeing a lot of Ralph shows in the early 90's"[1]

Unknown studio #14
1.)^MacMillan, Vickie, comments, 2014-11-07, email to author.

Deathsport soundtrack
Unknown Location #15, State

Jerry recorded here in

The movie-review book Claws & Saucers notes that director Allan Arkush “knew Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Dead’s Fillmore shows, and he got Garcia to contribute guitar licks for the soundtrack that were later run through a synthesizer.”[1]
Deathsport, in 1978, was one of the first movies Arkush directed. Garcia was keen on sci-fi, and was probably tickled at the opportunity to help with the soundtrack.

Unknown Location #21, Deathsport soundtrack
1.)^David Goldweber, Claws & Saucers

Heartbeeps soundtrack
Unknown Location #16
Jerry recorded here in

He provided the voice, via his guitar, for a robot child in a movie, Heartbeeps (starring Andy Kauffman and Bernadette Peters).
Directed by Allan Arkush.

Big Bad Mama soundtrack
Unknown Location #17

Jerry recorded here in

David Grisman worked on the soundtracks for a few Roger Corman movies in the mid-‘70s, including the gangster films Big Bad Mama and Capone. My guess is he called in Garcia to help him with these – this was shortly after they played together in Old & In The Way. Garcia is said to play banjo and guitar in these film scores, but isn’t credited.[1]
Big Bad Mama was released in September 1974 - Grisman played with the Great American Music Band (recorded by Bill Wolf), perhaps one of the same configurations that played live in mid-'74.[1]

Unknown Location #17
1.)^Jerry Garcia's Film Soundtracks, 2015-05-28,

Capone soundtrack
Unknown Location #18
Jerry recorded here in

Garcia is said to play banjo and guitar in these film scores, but isn’t credited.

For Capone in 1975, Grisman collaborated with mandolinist Rudy Cipolla.

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers soundtrack
Unknown Location #19, State
Jerry recorded here in

Garcia was listed in the film credits this time as one of the musicians. He had a small part playing the banjo music for Harry, a park beggar with a banjo who is later turned into a mutant dog.
Garcia even joined the Screen Actors Guild in December ‘77, though I don’t think he actually appears in the film. Maybe he initially planned to work as an extra, but the beggar with the banjo was played by another actor, Joe Bellan; Garcia just provided the music track, which was recorded separately.
The banjo music only appears very briefly in a couple scenes, but Dead fans will quickly recognize that the song is ‘Goin’ Down the Road.’ I can’t tell who is singing it, though – it doesn’t sound like Garcia.
I don’t know who invited Garcia into the production, but no doubt he jumped at the chance to be involved with a sci-fi film being made in San Francisco.
Engineer Phil Sawyer, who’d worked briefly on the Aoxomoxoa mixes back in ’69, bumped into Garcia again: “Jerry reminded me of [the Aoxomoxoa sessions] around 1978 during the making of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." (I was the Music Production Coordinator and he played the banjo "source" music for the character that eventually turns into the hideous half-man-half-dog.)”[1]
Directed by Philip Kaufman. Released December 20, 1978.

Unknown Location #20, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers soundtrack, State


  1. #6 sort of shouts out the Great Highway to me, #12 is the Tarrant County Convention Center Arena, Fort Worth Tx.

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