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Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Hall

Kansas City, KS


Grateful Dead

February 5, 1969

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Set List

Set 1

  1. Turn On Your Lovelight
  2. Cryptical Envelopment >
  3. The Other One >
  4. Cryptical Envelopment
  5. Dark Star >
  6. Saint Stephen >
  7. The Eleven >
  8. Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) >
  9. Feedback >
  10. And We Bid You Good Night

  • Jerry Garcia guitar, vocals

  • Bob Weir
    guitar, vocals

  • Phil Lesh
    bass, vocals

  • Bill Kreutzmann

  • Mickey Hart

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

  • Tom Constanten

Additional Acts:
  • Iron Butterfly

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JAMES MARINOVICH | Saturday, August 4th, 2018

I sat front row center at this show. I was only fourteen, with short hair, Army surplus shirt, beads, bells, bellbottoms–even so, I was there to see the Dead, not Iron Butterfly (who, at the time, I considered somewhat ‘plastic’). Before the music started, surrounded by primarily college-aged freaks, I felt acutely self-conscious, like some little flower punk crashing an older peoples’ scene (which, indeed, I was). But then The Dead burst into Love Light, Jerry Garcia only several feet before me. At one point he caught my eye and nodded to me, like one does when one sees a fellow countryman or traveler, inviting me to enter into the music, at which all my self-consciousness instantly evaporated–Jerry had SEEN me, and in nodding his head showed that he didn’t see just some little kid with short hair, none of that superficial stuff matter to him, he saw and acknowledged another member of the tribe. Up until then, no adult or older freak had treated me with such respect, and I would remain grateful for the rest of my life. As for the set: in retrospect, I wonder if The Dead, trying to figure out how they could possibly provide a Dead experience within the confines of a warm-up band space, just decided, ‘fuck it, we’ll just pretend we’ve been playing for a couple of hours, and give them one of our encores/end-shows.’

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John Martin | Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

I still regard this set as my personal Holy Grail of music, anytime anywhere by anybody. It was also amazing to witness the crowd go from impatient indifference to respectful appreciation through the course of the set.

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Will Mcinnes | Thursday, December 31st, 2015

In 1969 I was going to school in KCMO and went to the Dead/Iron Butterfly concert at Soldiers & Sailors Auditorium,Feb 5th. The audience was totally wrecked on weed as we listened to In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Good times are never forgotten!

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Dave Parker | Monday, August 3rd, 2015

I had absolutely ZERO interest in seeing Iron Butterfly – nothing against them personally. I went with a buddy of mine who was more into them than the
Dead, so I stayed for IB.

One thing that seriously embarrased me (and still does to this day) was what I
yelled out about 2/3 of the way through the Dead’s set. This was my first
Dead show – I’d been listening to Anthem of the Sun almost constantly pretty
much since it first came out. I was so pumped I opened my mouth to yell
“ALLIGATOR! ALLIGATOR!!” but what came out was “BUTTERF…. i mean

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Ray Porter | Monday, April 27th, 2015

The show was fantastic. Most of the crowd was there to see Iron Butterfly, but some of us knew who the real stars were. The Dead opened the show and blew everyone away. During the break Jerry and a couple others came out front and smoked a couple of joints with people down front. Butterfly only got through a couple of songs before the crowd started chanting “Bring back the Dead!” I felt sorry for them, but I was chanting too. Ends up that was the only time I got to see them with Tom Constanten. Wow!