Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA
Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders
July 14, 1974
No set list available.
Stephen Stills and Jack Casady sit in.
Jerry Garcia guitar, vocals
Caroline Hall | Saturday, December 20th, 2014
I was 19 years old, in San Francisco for a college work term, living with people from my same college, all of whom were older than I was. The show had a 21 year old age requirement and I was definitely not 21. I was going to be 20 that September. I managed to get myself a fake ID from a store on Market Street and attended the show. It was an added bonus that Stephen Stills showed up. When I told my sons this story, they couldn’t believe that their mother could have gotten a fake ID.
Tom Trent | Saturday, October 25th, 2014
We had spent the day listening to CSNY at the Oakland Coliseum, then went to the City to hear Jerry and Merl (aah the energy of youth). I was acquainted with Jerry and his roadies from working at Keystone Berkeley and we hung out in the band room before the show. Jerry was the nicest guy you could ever want to meet, gracious and friendly, a real gentleman. The second set was when Stephen Stills and Jack Casady sat in. It was some of the best playing I have ever heard in my life…now 65 years worth. It’s one of those snapshots of memory I’ll never forget.
Steven Gayle | Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Bastille Day, 1974.
On a whim we got there early and scored a primo table. Turned out to be the greatest evening of music in my (at that time short) life.
First set was Jerry and Merle with their band. Second set was entirely different: Jerry Garcia, Merle Saunders, Martin Fierro, Jack Casady, Stephen Stills and Bill Kreutzmann. The band was unbelieveablly hot. At one point, when Garcia and Stills were trading licks, Stephen Stills threw up his hands and pointed to Garcia (who was in mid solo), as if to say “this man is the best – I can’t keep up with him” Everybody – band,audience, barmaids and hangers on- were left dumbstruck by a monstrous evening of rock and roll.
I’ve spent the ensuing forty years looking for a recording of that night — no luck yet, but I’m still searching.