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Hartford Civic Center - Hartford, CT

Set 1:
Feel Like A Stranger
Dire Wolf
New Minglewood Blues
Brown-Eyed Women
Wang Dang Doodle
Big Railroad Blues
Let It Grow
Day Job

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Playin' In The Band
China Doll
St. Stephen
Throwin' Stones
One More Saturday Night

Brokedown Palace

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A truly great show. Second set is one of my favorites.My personal highlights are the great "Playin in The Band" that flows perfectly into "China Doll". I love how space flows into "St Stephen"....Just an all around great show and I'm so happy I was there for it!!!

Unforgettable memories of a space ship just rising from the stage and blowing the place wide open. Some one let the gennie out of the bottle.
Wonderful moments out of space/Jam and of course St. Stephen. Of all places in Hartford, CT. But, you know it just happened regardless of place but, in unision with the time.

Why can't they make a Dick's Pick out of this show?!?

When they opened with Feel Like A Stranger, I knew this was gong to be good. One of my favorite shows.

A tremendous China> Rider - my favorite part of this show.

I would give my left nut for a recording of this show.

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Absolute rainbow of sound, audio candy to the extreme, the boyz brought it home in of all places Hartford CT. WOW!!!

Is it true that Phil bad tripped at this show?

This "Let it Grow" is sick beyond words.
-mind left body

Check out the big railroad blues. Jerry was on fire for the longest solo I've ever heard for this song!

A must have from my fav era '80-'83. Stranger-Dire Wolf to iopen, what's not to like!?

This was my 2nd show. I was getting familiar w/ many tunes and had heard the 'live dead' version of St. S, however I didn't recognize the opening riff that Jer breaks into as quickly as the 10,000 people surrouing me. I have never seen a more spiritual thing happen, the whole place went absolutely crazy, it was like people were flying out of their bodies, it is something I'll never forget. It took me 15 years to find a recording of this show, and weirdly I found 2 copies in a 2 week period, one that was sound-board, and one that is audience, what a difference, the aud tape, when they break into St.S, you can barely hear the band and on the soundboard the crowd is barely noticeable. I was thinking of trying to mixin them.

played on gdlive 11.10.06 and most Grateful.
Stranger<>extra lyrics " about you" Bobby opines
BE Woman-prolonged mid song solo's!
Wang Dang Doodle-5th time played

St. Stephen, 2nd to last of 157 performances.

e: Brokedown-solid voice by Jerry.
-Perrin played on 21-Nov-06.
-Brian Merrilyn

Jerry's voice kinda of rough in Direwold. Minglewood had nice "NY, New England & Philly" as well as Brent's spiffy 70's style playing and Phil laying the bedrock for the rest of the show. Set II, the transition from Playin>China Doll was as if a rainshower ended and you could see the light through the mist. Brent has nice vocal fillers in Brokedown for the encore.
-Bronx Brian

2.14.07 (GDRADIO.NET) must be a popular show for sure

Listening to this Big Railroad in my car makes it seem like im driving a train! Rockin blues Jerry
-Anonymous (05/02/2007)

One of the best shows of the 80's, along with 6/30/85 and 9/18/87, in my opinion. The obvious highlight is one of only 3 Brent era "St. Stephen's." The crowd response as Stephen flows perfectly out of "Space" is inspiring. I'm also a big fan of how in '83, "St. Stephen" always segued into "Throwing Stones," a nice combo in my opinion. Elsewhere, in the first set, "Feel Like a Stranger" is fabulously funky, any live version of "Dire Wolf" is welcome, "Brown-Eyed Women" rocks pretty hard, "Big Railroad Blues" has an incredible solo by Jerry, and "Let it Grow" features a fantastic jam. The second set features one of the best post-retirement "Playing in the Band"'s that segues almost flawlessly into "China Doll," a relative rarity, making it very welcome in the setlist. And I can never dislike a show that encores with "Brokedown Palace." Get this show!
-Anonymous (08/08/2010)

LOVE IT! Probably my favorite 80's show.
Big Railroad Blues roars on and on - in a good way. The Playin'is both intense and beautiful and it transitions perfectly into China Doll. The crowd response to St. Stephen is tremendous and wow, it rocks.
Finish it with Brokedown Palace - perfect.

-Doug (11/02/2010)

This was only an ok show for me. There are far better shows for this year imo.

Ive heard a better Stranger, China>ryder and PITB. But the highlight of this show was definitely Space into St Stephen!

A little short for my likings but its a typical tight 83`show for the year.

A good show , not a great show!
-Crypt (08/04/2011)

Crypt,I can't believe you don't think this show is awesome? One of the best ever 80's "Playin's". The best of the 3 "Stephens" from 83 and just a solid show thru out. One of the top 5 shows from the 80's!!
- (10/14/2011)

"The best of the 3 "Stephens" from 83 and just a solid show thru out. One of the top 5 shows from the 80's!!"

I was there and had a blast, however to place this show in the top five of the 80's is a stretch. There are quite a few better shows between 1/1/80 and 12/31/89.
-Bossgobbler (10/15/2011)

China>Rider>Playin-slow transition to playin instead of quick start, nice & trippy
- (09/19/2014)
-HRJ (04/09/2022)

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Band Configuration
(04/16/79 - 07/23/90)

Lead Guitar: Jerry Garcia
Rhythm Guitar: Bob Weir
Bass: Phil Lesh
Keyboards: Brent Mydland
Drums: Bill Kreutzmann
Drums: Mickey Hart

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