Commemorating Jerry Garcia's Last Stand

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The last real Grateful Dead concert took place on July 9, 1995 – 19 years ago today – at Chicago’s Soldier Field. One month later, on August 9, Jerry Garcia, legendary guitarist and hero to hippies everywhere, passed away bringing an end to one of the most influential and original rock and roll bands to ever take the stage.

To commemorate the late Garcia’s final stand, we suggest carving out 12 minutes from your afternoon to watch Garcia singing perhaps the most soulful rendition of the classic “So Many Roads,” filmed live from the Grateful Dead’s last show on July 9, 1995:

You may not be able to see the original Grateful Dead anymore, but the original band members – as well as some pretty stellar tribute acts like Dark Star Orchestra (read our recent feature on Dark Star here) – continue to keep the heady experience of the Dead’s spontaneous psychedelic music alive today. Check out some Grateful Dead-related tour dates below:

Further (featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir)
September 5 – Lockn’ Festival, Arrington, VA

Bob Weir and RatDog
August 15 – The Peach Music Festival, Scranton, PA
September 4 & 5 – Lockn’ Festival, Arrington, VA
September 6 – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA

Phil Lesh & Friends (featuring Warren Haynes, John Scofield, John Medeski and Joe Russo)
September 5 & 6 – Lockn’ Festival, Arrington, VA

Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann (with The Disco Biscuits)
August 2 – Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport, CT

Dark Star Orchestra
July 29 – The Social at Revel, Atlantic City, NJ
July 31 – Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport, CT
August 8 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
August 9 – Kempton Music Center, Kempton, PA
August 11 – Bottle and Cork, Dewey Beach, DE


Were you at Soldier Field 19 years ago? Have a favorite moment from a Dead show? Tell us in the comments below.


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Mike Andrelczyk is a features editor for Fly Magazine. He is a graduate of Penn State University and currently lives with his wife Stacey in Strasburg. Interests include tennis, playing bad guitar, poetry (poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, The Inquisitive Eater and other journals) and oneirology – the study of dreams – mostly in the form of afternoon naps. His name appears in the title screen of Major League 2.

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