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1961 - 1965 Pre-Dead Setlists  (courtesy of Brian Miksis)

= poster / handbill / advertisement

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5/5/61 Bob & Jerry - Arroyo Lounge, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
(Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia; source: McNally, Jackson research)

5/26/61 Bob & Jerry - Barbara Meier's 16th birthday party, Menlo Park, CA
Follow The Drinking Gourd, John Henry, Santy Anno*, Poor Paddy Works On The Railway, I’ve Got A Home In That Rock*, Oh, Mary Don’t You Weep*, Wasn’t That A Time?, All My Trials*, I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago*, Michael, Row the Boat Ashore, Down By The Riverside, Blow The Candles Out*, Rake And Rambling Boy*, Trouble In Mind*, Shady Grove, Silver Dagger, East Virginia
(*included on Before The Dead; birthday doodle for Barbara by Jerry; the master tape)

6/??/61 Bob & Jerry - Peninsula School graduation, Menlo Park, CA
(source: McNally, Jackson research)

7/??/61 Jerry Garcia, Marshall Leicester, Robert Hunter - Boar’s Head Coffeehouse, Carlos Book Stall, San Carlos, CA
Cricket On The Hearth, Poor Ellen Smith, Wildwood Flower, Brown’s Ferry Blues*, Jesse James*, Late Last Night When Willie Came Home (Way Downtown), All The Good Times Are Past And Gone, Darling Corey
(*included on Before The Dead; also with unknown mandolin player; this may be opening night at the Boar's Head, based on Rodney Albin's recollection; GD vault cassette card; GD vault cassette)

8/??/61 Jerry Garcia & Friends - Boar’s Head Coffeehouse, Carlos Book Stall, San Carlos, CA
Down In The Willow Garden*, Long Lonesome Road*, Railroad Bill*, The Wagoner’s Lad*, Katie Cruel*, Pay Me My Money Down
(*included on Before The Dead; Jerry solo, with unknown bass player on Long Lonesome Road; date uncertain, but likely July-Sept. 1961; an additional 5 cuts circulate with Rodney & Peter Albin, David Nelson, & Robert Hunter, without Jerry: The Ballad Of Harry Pollitt, East Virginia, Woody’s Rag, I'm A Good Old Rebel, The Unfortunate Man [Wealthy Old Maid])

5/11/62 Thunder Mountain Tub Thumpers - Geology Lecture Hall, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
(Stanford Folk Festival; Garcia, Hunter, Ken Frankel, Jim Edmiston, Joe Edmiston; festival article)

5/12/62 Thunder Mountain Tub Thumpers - Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
(Stanford Folk Festival; opened for Guy Carawan and replaced Hedy West, who dropped out)

5/??/62 Thunder Mountain Tub Thumpers - Hugh Bagley mayoral campaign flatbed truck, Monterey County, CA
(performances occurred over several weekends; photo; source: photos and Jim Hessler)

6/11/62 Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers - Boar’s Head Coffeehouse, Peninsula Jewish Community Center, San Carlos, CA
I: Run Mountain, Billy Grimes, The Rover, Cannonball Blues*, Devilish Mary, Buck Dancer's Choice, Little Birdie*, Sally Goodin’*, Hold the Woodpile Down*
II: Crow Black Chicken, Legend Of The Johnson Boys*, Shady Grove*, Hop High Ladies, Sweet Sunny South*, Hungry Hash House, Man Of Constant Sorrow*, Rabbit Chase, Three Men Went A-Hunting
(*included on Before The Dead; Garcia, Leicester, Dick Arnold; additional tracks from master tape possibly from this date, with Jerry, Pigpen, and David McQueen: Blues Jam, Careless Love/In The Pines, Going To Chicago, Jerry introduces Pigpen, 99 Years)

11/10/62 Hart Valley Drifters - Art Gallery, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
(afternoon show; source: Nelson recalls this show)

11/10/62 Jerry Garcia - Men’s Gymnasium, College of San Mateo, Coyote Point Campus, San Mateo, CA poster
Little Birdie, Walking Boss
(CSM Folk Festival; Jerry banjo & vocal in 1st half of evening show; program; source: Albin recording, memorabilia)

11/10/62 Jerry Garcia & David Nelson - Men’s Gymnasium, College of San Mateo, Coyote Point Campus, San Mateo, CA
The Miller's Will, Deep Elem Blues, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, I Truly Understand, The Raging Sea (How It Roars), Cannonball Blues, The Cuckoo, Man Of Constant Sorrow
(performed in 1st half of evening show)

11/10/62 Hart Valley Drifters - Men’s Gymnasium, College of San Mateo, Coyote Point Campus, San Mateo, CA
Handsome Molly, Pig In A Pen, Banks Of The Ohio, Roving Gambler, Nine Pound Hammer, Salty Dog Blues
(performed in 2nd half of evening show; Garcia, Hunter, David Nelson, Norm Van Maastricht, w/o Ken Frankel, who was named in program; photo #1; photo #2)

12/??/62 Hart Valley Drifters - KZSU Stanford Studio A, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Handsome Molly, Pig In A Pen, Standing In The Need Of Prayer, Roving Gambler, Cripple Creek, Flint Hill Special, Nine Pound Hammer, Think Of What You've Done, Clinch Mountain Backstep, All The Good Times, Ground Speed, Band Intros, Boys, My Money’s All Gone (2 takes), Billy Grimes The Rover, Run Mountain, Sugar Baby, Sitting On Top Of The World
(released as Hart Valley Drifters - Folk Time; Garcia, Hunter, Frankel, Nelson, Van Maastricht; KZSU radio broadcast recorded between 11/10 and 12/15/62; Ted Claire radio listing; photo; source: Claire recording, Melrose photos)

2/22/63 Wildwood Boys - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
(Garcia, Hunter, Nelson; Dave Spence and Pigpen also performed, likely 3 sets; source: SF Chronicle)

2/23/63 Wildwood Boys - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms, Jerry’s Breakdown, Standing In The Need Of Prayer, Mule Skinner Blues, Saturday Night Shuffle (Norm Van Maastricht solo guitar), Pike County Breakdown, The Little Sparrow (Come All Ye Fair and Tender Maidens), We Shall Not Be Moved
(released as Before The Dead; Garcia, Hunter, Nelson, Van Maastricht; Dave Spence and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan also performed, likely 3 sets; master tape box; Tangent ledger; S.F. Chronicle article 2/23/63)

4/??/63 Badwater Valley Boys - Ash Grove, Los Angeles, CA
(Garcia, Hunter, Frankel, Leicester; this one-off group competed in a talent contest, which they did not win)

4/27/63 Wildwood Boys - Rickey’s Studio Inn and Garden Hotel, Palo Alto, CA
(Jerry & Sara’s wedding reception; Garcia, Nelson, & Hunter doing some ad hoc jamming; Palo Alto Times wedding article; photo; source: Katz photos)

5/3/63 Jerry & Sara - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA poster
(Garcia, Sara Garcia; opened for Michael Cooney, likely 3 sets; Tangent ledger; source: Stanford Daily)

5/4/63 Jerry & Sara - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
Deep Elem Blues*, Will The Weaver*, I Truly Understand*, All The Good Times Are Past and Gone, Long Black Veil*, The Man Who Wrote Home Sweet Home Never Was a Married Man*, Keno The Rent Man, Foggy Mountain Top*
(*included on Before The Dead; opened for Michael Cooney, likely 3 sets; photo #1; photo #2)

5/12/63 Wildwood Boys - Main Auditorium, San Francisco State College, San Francisco, CA poster
Way Downtown, Sally Goodin, Ain’t Nobody Gonna Miss Me, Drink Up And Go Home, Country Boy Rock And Roll, Standing In The Need Of Prayer
(Garcia, Hunter, Nelson, Van Maastricht; SFSC folk festival; opened for Mike Seeger and Hedy West; Marty Balin’s folk group The Town Criers also performed; 1:30 and 7:45 shows, Wildwood Boys performed afternoon only; Janis Joplin scheduled, but did not show up; source: McNally/Mike Seeger contract in files at UNC Chappell Hill, uncirculated tape)

5/17/63 Wildwood Boys - Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA
(Garcia, Hunter, Nelson, Frankel; Monterey Folk Festival; photo; Garcia, accompanied by David Nelson on guitar, competed in an amateur banjo contest against Michael Cooney and lost; the Wildwood Boys competed in an amateur band competition and won; competition dates uncertain, may have been one of the other two shows)

5/18/63 Wildwood Boys - Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA
(Garcia, Hunter, Nelson, Frankel; Monterey Folk Festival)

5/19/63 Wildwood Boys - Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA
(Garcia, Hunter, Nelson, Frankel; Monterey Folk Festival)

7/5/63 Wildwood Boys - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
(Garcia, Hunter, Nelson; also Kajsa Ohman and Eric Thompson; Tangent Ledger)

7/6/63 Wildwood Boys - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
(Garcia, Hunter Nelson; also Kajsa Ohman and Eric Thompson)

8/9/63 Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA poster
(Garcia, Leicester, Arnold)

8/10/63 Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
(Garcia, Leicester, Arnold)

8/??/63 Jerry Garcia & Friends - Camp Meeker Folk Festival, Camp Meeker, CA
(gathering at the Albin's summer retreat; photo)

9/??/63 Black Mountain Boys - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
Monroe’s Hornpipe, Katie Kline, Homestead On The Farm, Barefoot Nellie*, She's More To Be Pitied*, Noah’s Breakdown*, Somebody Touched Me, Who Will Sing For Me?*, Darling Allalee, John Hardy/Outro
(*included on Before The Dead; Garcia, Hunter, Nelson, Eric Thompson; date uncertain, but between Aug. 1963 and Jan. 1964; source: undated Shubb/McNally tape)

10/27/63 Black Mountain Boys - Hoot In The Hills, Woodside, CA poster
(Garcia, Nelson, Thompson; Bay City Minstrels folk troupe local performance; also Sherry Snow and Songdivers)

11/2/63 Black Mountain Boys - Eugene Hotel, Eugene, OR poster poster
(Garcia, Nelson, Thompson; Bay City Minstrels evening hootenanny performance following SJSU vs. U. of Orgeon football game; also Sherry Snow and Songdivers)

11/3/63 Black Mountain Boys - Auditorium, Medford High School, Medford, OR poster
(Garcia, Nelson, Thompson; Bay City Minstrels afternoon hootenanny performance; also Sherry Snow and Songdivers; Medford Times article)

1/10/64 Black Mountain Boys - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
Teardrops In My Eye, Philadelphia Lawyer, Salt Creek*, Jody’s Hornpipe*, Katy Kline, Eating Out Of Your Hand, Sweet Adeline, Rawhide, Rosa Lee McFall*, Pike County Breakdown, Standing In The Need Of Prayer, John Hardy*
(*included on Before The Dead; Garcia, Nelson, Thompson, Hunter; from Eric Thompson's tape of 1/10-11/64; songs for each night are probable but not certain; master tape box)

1/11/64 Black Mountain Boys - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
Katie Kline, Little Georgia Rose, Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On, Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down

1/25/64 Black Mountain Boys - Little Theater, College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA poster
(Garcia, Nelson, et al.; CSM folk festival; program refers to an unknown "mystery guitarist"; festival article; program)

2/7/64 Black Mountain Boys - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
(Garcia, Nelson, w/o Thompson; 3 sets at 9:00pm, 10:30pm, & 12:00am; may have been Sandy Rothman's first gig with the group; also Kellery Powers; Stanford Daily club schedule)

2/8/64 Black Mountain Boys - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
(Garcia, Nelson, w/o Thompson; 3 sets at 9:00pm, 10:30pm, & 12:00am; may have been Sandy Rothman's first gig with the group; also Kellery Powers)

3/6/64 Black Mountain Boys - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
I: (partial) Monroe’s Hornpipe (Jody’s Hornpipe), Katie Kline*, Walking The Dog*, Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money’s All Gone)*, On And On, Bury Me Beneath The Willow, Shady Grove, Love And Wealth*, Dark Hollow
II: Sourwood Mountain*, If I Lose*, Homestead On The Farm (I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home)*, Pig In A Pen, Once More, Stoney Creek*, Two Little Boys, Salty Dog Blues*, Rosa Lee McFall, Teardrops In My Eyes, New River Train, Love Please Come Home*, Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor*, John Hardy
III: Happy Birthday, Nine-Pound Hammer, Darlin’ Allalee*, Ocean Of Diamonds, Salt Creek, In The Pines*, When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again, Raw Hide*, She’s More To Be Pitied, Black Mountain Rag*, True Life Blues*, Medley: Devil’s Dream/Sailor’s Hornpipe*, John Hardy
(*included on Before The Dead; Garcia, Nelson, Rothman, Geoff Levin; Jorma Kaukonen opened, joined by Peter Kaukonen on several numbers; 3 sets at 8:45pm, 10:15pm, & 11:30pm; master tape box)

3/7/64 Black Mountain Boys - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
I: Can’t Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover, New River Train
II: Sourwood Mountain, Barefoot Nellie, Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On, Mother’s Not Dead (She’s Only Sleeping), Will You Be Loving Another Man, Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money’s All Gone), Pig In A Pen, Love Please Come Home, Canaan’s Land, Two Little Boys, John Hardy
III: Katie Kline, Standing In The Need Of Prayer, Stoney Creek, In The Pines, Once More, Raw Hide, Wicked Path Of Sin, Dark Hollow
(Garcia, Nelson, Rothman, Levin; incomplete sets; Jorma Kaukonen opened, joined by Peter Kaukonen on several numbers; master tape box; tape label/notes; source: uncirculated tape)

3/25/64 Black Mountain Boys - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA poster
(Garcia, Nelson, Rothman; "Merri-Eds Hootenanny"; also Lino, The Couriers, and Bill Helm; article #1; article #2)

3/27/64 Black Mountain Boys - The Cabale, Berkeley, CA
I: Salty Dog Blues, If I Lose, Ocean Of Diamonds, That’s How I Can Count On You, Hit Parade of Love, On And On, Ground Speed*, Wicked Path Of Sin
II: Monroe’s Hornpipe (Jody’s Hornpipe), Darlin’ Allalee, Walking The Dog, Think Of What You’ve Done, Salt Creek, It’s Raining Here This Morning, Orange Blossom Special**, Teardrops In My Eye, Homestead On The Farm (I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home), She’s More To Be Pitied, Maybe You Will Change Your Mind, Love And Wealth, Rosa Lee McFall, True Life Blues, When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again, Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money’s All Gone), Canaan’s Land, Little Maggie, Two Little Boys
(Garcia, Nelson, Rothman, Austin Keith (bass); *w/Pete Grant on dobro; **w/unknown fiddle player; Garcia dedicates set 1 to "my friend Bobby Petersen, who just got out of the joint"; master tape box; tape label/notes; source: uncirculated tape)

4/??/64 Black Mountain Boys - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
Jody’s Hornpipe, Barefoot Nellie, Drink Up And Go Home*
(*included on Before The Dead; Garcia, Nelson, Rothman; partial tape from spring '64; master tape box)

4/12/64 Black Mountain Boys - KPFA Member Party, Melville Residence, Los Gatos, CA
(Garcia, Nelson, Rothman; KPFA folio)

4/14/64 Jerry Garcia - Dana Morgan’s Music Store, Palo Alto, CA
Limehouse Blues, various Bill Keith & Eddie Adcock runs, Monroe's Hornpipe, Turkey In The Straw, Dixie Hoedown, Blue Grass Breakdown, Blackberry Blossom, various licks (mainly Adcock), Lonesome Road Blues, Salty Dog Blues, Devil's Dream, Red Wing, Silver Rainbow, Farewell Blues, Soldier's Joy, Raw Hide, Clinch Mountain Backstep, Little Liza Jane, Stony Creek, various Bill Keith material
(Pete Grant banjo demonstration tape)

5/1/64 Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA poster poster poster poster
(Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, possibly others; official reopening of the Tangent after remodel; also Ken Carter)

5/2/64 Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
(Garcia, Weir, Pigpen, possibly others; official reopening of the Tangent after remodel; also Ken Carter)

5/18/64 Jerry Garcia, Sandy Rothman & Scott Hambly - Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, FL
(performance at the NCO officer’s club while visiting Scott on duty; joined by an unnamed fiddler from Scott's company; Scott Hambly was the mandolinist for the Redwood Canyon Ramblers, the Bay Area’s first bluegrass band)

5/29/64 Jerry Garcia & Sandy Rothman - Chet’s, Columbus, OH
(sitting in with Robby Robinson’s band and Sid Campbell; during Garcia/Rothman's famous cross-country bluegrass adventure)

7/16/64 Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA poster poster
(Garcia, Weir, Pigpen, Dave Parker, Tom Stone, Mike Garbett; portions released as Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions)

7/17/64 Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
(Garcia, Weir, Pigpen, Dave Parker, Tom Stone, Mike Garbett; portions released as Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions)

7/18/64 Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
(Garcia, Weir, Pigpen, Dave Parker, Tom Stone, Mike Garbett; portions released as Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions)

7/??/64 Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys - Top Of The Tangent, Palo Alto, CA
These Men Of God* (w/Butch Waller & Herb Pedersen), Swing Low Sweet Chariot (w/Butch Waller & Herb Pedersen), Tall Dark Stranger (JS spoken word), Medley: Arkansas Traveler> Soldier’s Joy> Eighth Of January, Salt Creek, Roll On Buddy*, Goodbye Old Pal*, Back Up And Push*
(*included on Before The Dead; Garcia, Thompson, Jody Stecher; date uncertain, likely summer 1964; source: undated Shubb/McNally tape)

8/28/64 Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions - Magoo’s Pizza Parlor, Menlo Park, CA
(Garcia, Weir, Pigpen, possibly others; source: McNally research notes)

12/??/64 Black Mountain Boys - The Offstage, San Jose, CA
(Garcia, Rothman, Hambly, Geoff Levin; date uncertain, but around Christmas time; Garcia's last known public bluegrass performance until 2/19/69; photo #1; photo #2; source: undated photos by Rob Levin)

1/16/65 Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions - Peninsula YMCA, San Mateo, CA
(Garcia, Weir, Pigpen, possibly others; hootenanny at Peninsula YMCA; last known Mother McCree's performance; San Mateo Times article)


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