The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band existed as a performing group between March of 1987 and July of 1988. Jerry Garcia, David Nelson, and Sandy Rothman had originally performed together in the early 1960s. These three plus John Kahn performed a six-song set of acoustic music at a benefit concert at the Fillmore in March 1987. The same group, now billed as the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, performed an opening acoustic set at a Jerry Garcia Band show that same year. This arrangement of acoustic followed by electric sets was used for Jerry Garcia Band shows for a time, numbering thirty-one shows in total.