The Race is On with Don’s Pick on Dead Set Live at Frost Amphitheatre – May 6th, 1989

As the sun shined over the picturesque landscape of Stanford University, anticipation is building for a special day of music at Frost Amphitheatre. On May 6th, 1989, the legendary Grateful Dead took the stage for a performance that would go down in history as one of their most iconic shows and my first set of Frost Shows.

The performance is not just any ordinary Dead show. It’s a Don’s Pick on Dead Set Live airing on saturday night at 9PM, a curated experience where the band pulls out all the stops to deliver an unforgettable performance. And with Derby Day in full swing, there’s an extra element of excitement in the air.

As the band takes the stage, the crowd erupts into cheers and applause, knowing they’re in for a night of musical magic. The Grateful Dead kick things off with their signature blend of rock, folk, blues, and improvisation, instantly transporting the audience to another dimension.

But tonight, there’s a surprise in store. In honor of Derby Day, the Dead launch into a spirited rendition of “The Race is On.” The lively tune, originally written by George Jones, is a fitting tribute to the excitement and energy of the Kentucky Derby. As Jerry Garcia’s nimble fingers dance across the fretboard and Bob Weir’s voice rings out with a twang, the crowd can’t help but join in, singing along with every word.

The performance of “The Race is On” serves as a reminder of the Dead’s ability to weave elements of Americana into their expansive musical tapestry. With their roots in folk, blues, and country music, the Dead have always had a knack for capturing the essence of American culture and tradition.

As the show continues, the Dead delve into their vast catalog of songs. Each song is a journey unto itself, with the band exploring new musical territory with every twist and turn.

But it’s not just the music that makes tonight’s performance special. It’s the sense of community and camaraderie that permeates the air. Fans from all walks of life have gathered together to celebrate their love of music and to share in the collective experience of a Grateful Dead concert.

As the final notes of the encore fade away, the crowd is left buzzing with excitement and gratitude for the unforgettable evening they’ve just experienced. Don’s Pick on Dead Set Live at Frost Amphitheatre on May 6th, 1989, will go down in history as a testament to the enduring power of music to bring people together and create moments of joy and connection.

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