In honor of Jerry Garcia, who would've turned 70 on August 1, here's audio (very good) and video (average) of him performing with his solo band in 1989.
Garcia's other group, The Grateful Dead, were stadium-filling superstars at this time thanks to two-decades-plus of touring and recording boosted by the bestselling 1987 album "In the Dark," which contains the band's sole Top 10 hit "Touch of Grey."
But Garcia largely skips the Dead stuff, opting for gorgeously arranged and passionately performed covers of songs by the likes of Bob Dylan ("I Shall be Released," "Tangled Up in Blue"), The Beatles ("Dear Prudence"), Chuck Berry ("Let it Rock") and Jimmy Cliff ("The Harder They Come").
Performances from this tour appear on the highly-recommended official live releases "Jerry Garcia Band" (1991), "How Sweet It Is" (1997) and my personal favorite, "Shining Star" (2001).
Artist: Jerry Garcia Band
Date: Sept. 6, 1989
Location: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
Lineup: Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals), John Kahn (bass), Melvin Seals (keyboards), Jaclyn LaBranch (backing vocals), Gloria Jones (backing vocals), David Kemper (drums).
Setlist: 1. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
2. Stop That Train
3. That's What Love Will Make You Do
4. Mississippi Moon
5. I Second That Emotion
6. And It Stoned Me
8. Harder They Come
9. Dear Prudence
10. I Shall Be Released
11. Let It Rock
13. That Lucky Old Sun
14. Tangled Up In Blue