Show Details

Golden Bear

Late Show
Huntington Beach, CA


Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders

December 29, 1974

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Set List

Set 1

  1. Mystery Train >
  2. La-La
  3. People Make The World Go Round
  4. (I'm A) Road Runner
  5. Going, Going, Gone
  6. Expressway (To Your Heart)

  • Jerry Garcia guitar, vocals

  • Merl Saunders
    keyboards, vocals

  • John Kahn

  • Ron Tutt

  • Martin Fierro
    saxophone, flute, percussion

Show Facts

This lineup would be performing under the name Legion of Mary by years end.

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Rob Quint | Sunday, December 17th, 2023

I was a Dead Head/Surfer back then and Huntington Beach was a blue collar beach town, nothing like what it looks like today, pier excepted.
The Golden Bear was a small unpretentious spot where patrons sat at picnic tables with red and white checkered cloth draped over them.
Up to this point I’d never seen Jerry play a side gig before. All I can say I was pretty damned blown away. Sanders and Garcia performed a version of Dylan’s, “ It Takes A Train to Laugh”, which is still burned into my memory as one of the greatest covers of all time! They also did an amazing cover of “My Funny Valentine” which was also amazing.
What a great place the Golden Bear was and all for $12 bucks

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RF Guertin | Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Great venue, intimate setting, sat just a few feet from the stage, ran into Jerry in parking lot after show, shook the hand that shook many

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doug_the_ dude | Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

I love the way this old recording sounds…muffled, 2nd-gen, instruments ‘flitted’ with fuzz and vibration…