Grateful Dead: 4/3/1990

This was the third and final night of the run of shows at the Omni. Things get stranger and stranger the more time you spend in the Grateful Dead environment, and while the first two nights proved weird (first night / second night), this day was not without its weirdness.

As was par for the course, we managed to get to the show early and found a spot amid the colorful caravan of freaks in the parking lot. Armando, Tim, and I were hanging out, sitting on the hood of the car, watching the parade of oddities move past. Then this one particularly wild-eyed casualty came up to us. His face looked recently scabbed, like he’d taken a nasty fall and scraped his face on the asphalt. He walked up to us with eyes darting schizophrenically around, like a cartoon character.

“Have you seen the Easter Bunny?”

The three of us were puzzled. Armando pressed him for more information: “The Easter Bunny?”

“Yeaaaaaah. I keep hearing the Easter Bunny. Don’t you hear the Easter Bunny? I hear the Easter Bunny!”

I replied sarcastically, “Oh yeah man, I hear the Easter Bunny too.” I had no idea what this guy was talking about.

Then he excitedly pointed to a car a little ways down the aisle, where a crowd of freaks was standing around an entrepreneur with a tank of nitrous oxide gas, selling balloons full of nitrous. “There’s the Easter Bunny!!” And he stumbled off to join the line of people waiting to buy nitrous gas. We finally figured out that this dude must have thought the balloons looked like Easter Eggs. The guy clearly spent way too much time in Grateful Dead parking lots.

After a while, he came back, balloon in hand and smile on his face. “Easter Bunny.” He proceeded to inhale the gas, and we watched as his eyes rolled back in his head and he muttered incomprehensibly. After a while, he wandered off, and we concluded that the Easter Bunny dude must have blacked out from huffing gas, smashed his face on the ground, and sustained his injuries. I felt sad for him. Another lost soul.

The rest of the day was uneventful. We went in to the concert and ran into some friends of ours from South Florida, which was cool. We all hung out together, danced, and had a great time digging the music. The next day we would make the trek back to Miami.

Here’s the setlist from the show.

Set 1:

  • Shakedown Street
  • Hell in a Bucket
  • Sugaree
  • We Can Run But We Can’t Hide
  • When I Paint My Masterpiece
  • Row Jimmy Row
  • Picasso Moon
  • Tennessee Jed
  • Promised Land

Set 2:

  • Estimated Prophet
  • Scarlet Begonias
  • Crazy Fingers
  • Playin’ in the Band
  • Drums > Space
  • I Will Take You Home
  • Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad
  • Throwin’ Stones
  • Not Fade Away

Encore:

  • We Bid You Goodnight

13 thoughts on “Grateful Dead: 4/3/1990

  1. Reblogged this on blackwings666 and commented:
    To help celebrate the birthday of drummer Bill Kreutzmann – I decided to reblog this post from one of my favorite WordPress bloggers. This guy has seen a LOT of concerts! This also features a funny story about the EASTER BUNNY. Steve Japp has an excellent Book Review blog as well – you may want to check it out and give a follow. Happy Birthday Bill Kreutzmann.

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    • LOL – no worries. Thanks for the reblog. I was thinking it is probably time to reboot this blog. I have had a hard time posting about concerts over a year when concerts were on hold. But I think it may be time to resume. Time to pull out some more stubs – lol. Hope you are well, and thanks again for the shout out.

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      • I never saw the Dead or Jerry or any iteration of their personal solo projects, but I did go to a Phish show at Alpine Valley in Madison WI with a guy I met thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. I don’t remember the show itself too much (I may not have even seen it it) but I remember partying on “Shakedown Street” and getting into a drum circle and dancing and tripping. It was one of the best shows that I ever attended and It had nothing to do with the band Phish. Thanks for the kind words and I hope you have a great evening!!

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      • Wow! Thru hiking on the AT sounds awesome. I have done segments. Glad you had a good time at Phish. Can’t wait for concerts to start up again. Cheers

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