From the Vault: 1973.7.27 Summer Jam at Watkins Glen
Today is the first installment of Dog Gone Blog’s newest feature From the Vault. Each article will feature a memorable segment from a past performance. There are few better days to begin, as today is the anniversary of one of the most famous, and many fans’ favorite, Grateful Dead jams – the soundcheck jam from the Summer Jam at Watkins Glen.
On the day prior to the Festival, the bands (the Allman Brothers, The Band and the Grateful Dead) took turns soundchecking. By the time the Dead took the stage a sizable crowd had gathered, and with the permission of Bill Graham they were permitted to view the Dead’s soundcheck. What followed was the essence of improvisational music at its finest. The piece of music that was crafted from thin air 37 years ago today still stands as one of the finest moments in Grateful Dead history. This jam occurs spontaneously, rising from a lengthy period of noodling. Words cannot explain what takes place during this 21 minute psychedelic ride. Ease back and prepare to embark on this unforgettable journey.
“Watkins Glen Soundcheck Jam” (7.27.73)