Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Encyclopedia Of Jerry Garcia Music Venues

Seven years ago I began collecting data for Jerry's Brokendown Palaces, and although the blog's 428 venues are often updated here, the project has evolved into The Encyclopedia Of Jerry Garcia Music Venues.
Alphabetically by state, there are 1250 venues that include rehearsal, recording, performance, living spaces and canceled show venues.
It's mainly about the history of each venue including architects, builders, owners, opening night performances and other notable appearances, murals, paintings, statues, stage prosceniums, backstage areas, pipe organs, secret rooms, hidden tunnels, restorations and demolitions.

The Encyclopedia also covers Jerry's history at each venue and includes the bands he played with, opening acts and in some cases via dated photos and videos, what guitar he was playing, and other anecdotal information.
I've added eye witness reports to as many specific dates as possible. The stories are unedited and contain the wild adventures that we all know, love and remember so well. If you're reading this it's likely you have a story to be published in the Encyclopedia. Tell about your adventures at a specifically dated Garcia related performance and have them published in the Encyclopedia!
If you'd like to share your story you can email me at
I can help you figure out the correct date of your story. Tell all your friends about this project. I've already gathered about a thousand stories!

Thus far there are over 915 venue photos approved by over 820 photographers including university and public libraries, historical societies and museums. Only 75 more to go as there's no photos of the interview venues or canceled venues in the book.
There aren't any Jerry photos (well, maybe two that no one has ever seen from 1963 and 1967) just photos of the venues themselves, and in some cases, Deadheads.

Also, I've added a section that chronicles Jerry's 105 musical instruments with a history and photo of each.

I'm planning to self publish a printed hard copy and e-book. Maybe 5000 1st Edition Deluxe copies, autographed of course!
I envision a large book, carved leather bound hard cover, this is a book that resembles the records kept for medieval pilgrimages to holy sites. People will want to know centuries from now where it all took there ya go.

If your interested in obtaining this publication you can send your email and I'll keep you informed on a publishing date, close to September 2017.

I'm in search of any photos of the venues/musical instruments below, they'd have to be rescanned at 300dpi or larger or 1 mb in size or larger. Please email me at if you know where I can find any.

400 club sf ca
alembic workshop sf ca (demolished)
ash grove/pitschell players los angeles ca (demolished)
audios amigos studios sf ca (sunset district)-1975
boar's head jewish community center san carlos ca (demolished)-1962
bob weir's ace studio mill valley ca
coffee gallery sf ca
dave stewart's studio encino ca-1989
david crosby's sailboat Mayan now in santa cruz ca-1971-1972
dinkelspiel auditorium stanford ca
film studio mill valley ca
garcia's 1st st sf ca-1947-1955 (demolished)
geology lecture hall stanford ca
grateful dead house los angeles ca-1966
guitars unlimited menlo park ca-1964-1965
hippodrome san diego ca (demolished)
homer's warehouse palo alto ca (demolished)
hullabaloo los angeles ca-1967
jerry’s grandparents cabin lompico ca
ken babbs ranch soquel ca-1965 (demolished)
kings beach bowl kings beach ca-1967-1968
kpfa studios shattuck berkeley ca-1961-63, 1981-1993 (demolished)
kurt’s kopy kat tavern sf ca
marigold ballroom fresno ca-1967
mcarthur’s spirits sf ca
mccune studios sf ca-1970 (demolished)
mickey hart's barn novato ca-1969-1978
mojo's arcata ca-1982
napa sports camp napa ca-1969
new college union ballroom loma prieta room san jose state ca-1969
off campus studio palo alto cao
out of town tours 1330 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 204
San Rafael, CA
palomino station riverside ca-1983 (demolished)
peace center palo alto ca-1961
peninsula y.m.c.a. san mateo ca-1965 (demolished)
perry lane #9 palo alto ca (demolished)
pier 10 sf ca-1968
poppycock palo alto ca-1969
rancho diablo la honda ca
red whale stinson beach ca
rehearsal hall (deadpatch) pt reyes ca-1970-1973
round reels mill valley ca
rucka rucka ranch marin ca
serenity knolls forest knolls ca-1995
sierra college (football field) rocklin ca-1969
sneaky pete’s lombard or broadway? sf ca
sophie's/keystone palo alto ca-1975-1986 (demolished)
stinson beach community center stinson beach ca
stone house studio fairfax ca-1983
tangent palo alto ca-1962-65
thee experience west hollywood ca
trouper's hall los angeles ca-1966
the site west marin ca
uncle charlie’s corte madera ca
happy logan music store boulder co
reeds ranch colorado springs co-1969
university memorial center forum room boulder co-1969
new haven arena new haven ct
hippodrome de patin paris france eu-1981, 1990
criteria studios miami fl-1967, 1971, 1972
thee world miami fl (National Guard Armory)-1968
opaglua lodge (quicksilver studio) oahu hi-1970-demolished 1982
stages granite city il-1983
world music theater tinley park il-1990
bob marley performing arts montego bay jamaica-1982
psychedelic supermarket boston ma-1967
great woods mansfield ma-1989
sullivan stadium foxboro ma
baltimore civic center md
performing arts center old orchard beach me-1989
riverport amphitheater maryland heights mo-1994, 1995
livingston college gym piscataway nj
ice palace las vegas nv-1969
century sound studios nyc ny-1967
daytop village staten island ny-1968 demolished
felt forum ny ny
gaelic park ny
navarro hotel ny ny
robbie robertson’s studio, ny
woodstock, ny (barry levine)
columbus folk center columbus oh
beaver hall portland or-1966 (demolished)
betty nelson's organic raspberry farm sultan or-1968
ken kesey’s house pleasant hill or
old renaissance fairgrounds veneta or-1982, 1992
pelletier farm st helens or-1969
springers inn gresham or (demolished)-1969, 1970
liberty hall houston tx (demolished)-1976
volunteer park seattle wa
york farm mt york wi-1970

Musical Instruments
alembic #3
alembic #6-santa rosa workshop
alvarez spucetop cutaway
alvarez-yairi DY99 virtuoso modulus, 1992
alvarez-yairi gy
bill kreutzmann's father's banjo
fender casio PG-380 1980's
elvis costello's fender jazzmaster, unknown vintage
fender stratocaster, 1981 made in japan
fender stratocaster, 1981, made in usa
fender stratocaster possibly 1988 rare pewter
gibson ES-355 featuring black inlays
-gibson les paul 1957 black non-vibrato tune-o-matic (fixed) bridge, coffin pickups
gibson les paul 1957 black with bigsby vibrato bridge
gibson les paul 1960 sg tv, hand painted top or yellow/handpainted '58 or '59 "les paul tv model"
gibson les paul gold
gibson les paul jr.
gibson mastertone late 1930's TB-7 top tension flathead
gibson mastertone RB-250 banjo
gibson rb-3 or rb-4 flying eagle
gibson SG special 1960 or '61
gibson SG standard 1968
guild honey colored electric 1966-'67
irwin tiger 1979
irwin wolf 1973
irwin alembic 1972
jerry gave an unknown signed guitar to bill walton's four sons
jerry's fiddle pre-1963
jerry's home piano
mexican acoustic
modulus electric guitar pre-1985
paramount style A vega 5 string banjo pre-1963
regal dobro wood pre-1964
rick turner custom guitar, peanut SG 1967
sho-bud D-10 pedal steel pre-1971
steinberger headless circa 1980's
travis bean 1000A #51 1975
unknown 12 string acoustic (ask grisman)
unknown make/model/year neapolitan accordian
vox organ TC 02262
washburn EA40 woodstock
weymann nickel plated 1930's 5 string banjo
weymann 1930's style 4 banjo, gold banded arch top
weymann style 6 banjo
yamaha non-cutaway black
yamaha SC-1000 pre-1981
zb custom D-10 pedal steel pre-1970


Friday, March 4, 2016

Coleman Memorial Coliseum (University of Alabama), 323 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 

Capacity 15316
The architects were Miller Martin and Lewis and Edwin T. McCowan.[9]
The Coliseum opened its doors for the first time on January 30, 1968, for the traveling Broadway production The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd.[3] Two days later, the Tide's men's basketball team hosted its first game at the arena, against the Samford Bulldogs.
Formally named Memorial Coliseum as a substitute for Foster Auditorium.  In 1988 the facility was re-named to honor Jefferson Jackson Coleman, a prominent University of Alabama alumnus. Jefferson Coleman was the first pledge of Theta Sigma Fraternity which would later become the basis for beginning the current National Delta Chi Fraternity Chapter at The University on February 12, 1927. Jefferson continued to serve the University in many capacities, from Business Manager of the football program to Director of Alumni Affairs, for nearly fifty years. Until his death in 1995, Coleman was the only person to be present at every Alabama bowl game, beginning with the Rose Bowl on January 1, 1926. (2)
The building, comparable to a seven-story structure at its pinnacle, received a bit of a facelift in 2005 adding offices for the coaches and administrators, a new ticket office as well as a Tide Pride office. The large mid-court scoreboard was taken down and replaced by a pair of endline scoreboards equipped with video replay screens. In addition, The Coliseum's parquet floor was repainted to reflect the Crimson Tide's new elephant logo at center court.(1)
Stars who have performed on its stage include Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley, who performed here on August 30, 1976.(1)
President Ronald Reagan was a guest of the Coleman Coliseum during his 1984 presidential re-election campaign.[6]
Because the City of Tuscaloosa does not have a municipal civic center, the demand for events grew briskly and the Coliseum doubled its capacity in the 1970's on account of this.

Jerry performed here on
4/18/77 Grateful Dead
This show was canceled and rescheduled for 5/17/77.

5/17/77 Grateful Dead 
I:New Minglewood Blues;Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo>El Paso;They Love Each Other;Jack Straw;Jack-A-Roe;Looks Like Rain;Tennessee Jed;Passenger;High Time;Big River;Sunrise;Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain
II:Samson And Delilah>Bertha>Good Lovin';Brown Eyed Women;Estimated Prophet;Lady With A Fan>Playing In The Band>Drums>Wharf Rat>Playing In The Band
Encore:Sugar Magnolia
5/17/77 Unknown photographer
Promoter John Scher and Tony Ruffino[7]
Rescheduled from 4/18/77.
Jerry plays a Travis Bean 500 #12 guitar.[5]
"The SGA Events Dept. had money left over and the band was scheduled at the last minute."[3]

"The 'Bama venue was rigged theatre-style..meaning the arena was partitioned so the stage was set mid-court with a curtain behind. There was no barricade down front..a bloke could stand belly-up to the stage."[4]

“I was there in Tuscaloosa that evening and, thankfully, a bit cosmic. I've been to hundreds of concerts and have lived a very full life, but I've not experienced anything like 5/17/77 before or since. I've never been a "church person" though I've often wished those Sunday gatherings could offer me some spiritual food. However, I remember walking out of the venue that evening and telling my girlfriend "That's what church should be like", and to this day I wish it was. It was a true communion...the crowd and the band were solidly linked in ways that transcended eyes and ears. It was amazing! So glad I happened to be there…”[8]

Coleman Memorial Coliseum (University of Alabama), Tuscaloosa, Alabama 
5.)^Wright, Tom, Garcia musical instrument historian, comments, 2014-03-21, email to author.
7.)^Ms 332 Ser. 3, Box 3:2, Show Files:East Coast Tour 4/22-5/22/77, Grateful Dead Archives, Special Collections, McHenry Library, UC Santa Cruz, CA.
8.)^joeyarata, comment, 2014-04-10,
9.)^Proposed University of Alabama Field House, The Tuscaloosa News, 1960-10-23, pg. 12.