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Electric Factory

Philadelphia, PA


Grateful Dead

April 28, 1968

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  • Jerry Garcia guitar, vocals

  • Bob Weir
    guitar, vocals

  • Phil Lesh
    bass, vocals

  • Bill Kreutzmann

  • Mickey Hart

  • Ron "Pigpen" McKernan
    keyboards, harmonica, percussion, vocals

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Richard Palazzo | Saturday, May 18th, 2024

This was the first time I saw the Dead, I was only 14 and hitchhiked to and from the show. Although the band was an underground legend, they were not well known on the East Coast and there weren’t many people in attendance. I remember that admission was only two dollars.

The Electric Factory was an old tire warehouse at 22nd and Arch that had been converted into a trippy space with lots of strobe and black lighting, and day-glo paint–very psychedelic vibe.

The show itself was pure magic. The Dead played these sublime, endlessly long jams, and it made me realize they were something very special, unlike any other band.

After the show, Garcia walked by me and I said to him “I think you guys are amazing.” He replied, “Thanks man.”

I also remember that I sat exactly in front of a speaker and the volume damaged my hearing for a long time afterwards.