Tuesday, February 13, 2018

“Dead Picks and Barley Pops”

The Grateful Dead’s finest shows ... presented, celebrated and toasted in the Deadest of settings

Listening party: Fillmore East, New York City, Feb 1970

Barley Mill Pub

6 p.m. 'til 10 p.m.


All ages welcome

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About “Dead Picks and Barley Pops”

“Dead Picks and Barley Pops”

The Grateful Dead's finest shows ... presented, celebrated and toasted in the Deadest of settings

Greetings fellow Deadheads! Join us as the Barley Mill presents some of the finest feasts for the ears the Grateful Dead ever laid down. We'll mark special show anniversaries, band member birthdays... ANY excuse to gather people together to (re)experience the shows, tell one another tall tales, chuckle when Jerry forgets the words, and celebrate the band that was such a large presence in our lives... or were they ever here at all? 

About Listening party: Fillmore East, New York City, Feb 1970

Listening party: Fillmore East, New York City, Feb 1970

February 13 and 14 mark a very important anniversary in the world of the Grateful Dead. It is the 48th anniversary of one of the band's most legendary shows, and we will be playing the audio live at our very own Barley Mill Pub from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on both the 13th and the 14th. 

Many of the Dead faithful know our menu as well as the Farewell to Winterland setlist, but we have a couple themed additions that'll tickle your fancy:
- 6oz Terminator Onion Rings for $5
- Dark Star Burger $12
- St. Stephen's Sangria $6.50

For you die hard Heads or curious newcomers, here is some in depth information on the shows, culled from good ol' wikipedia.org : 

2/13 and 14 1970 at the Fillmore East
On February 11, 13, and 14, 1970, the Grateful Dead - along with the Allman Brothers Band and Love - performed at Bill Graham's Fillmore East auditorium in New York City. The February 13 and February 14 Dead shows were widely regarded as among the band's best concerts, even before the release of Dick's Picks Volume 4. In addition to the evidence offered by Bear's Choice, high quality soundboard bootlegs of the concerts had been in circulation for quite some time. In a 1993 poll of Grateful Dead tape traders, based on the concert recordings then in circulation, the 2/13/70 show was ranked #2 on the list of all-time favorite Dead tapes, and 2/14/70 was #17. (The May 8, 1977 concert at Cornell University's Barton Hall received the top ranking.) The same poll rated the 2/13/70 versions of "Dark Star", "The Other One", and "Turn On Your Love Light" as the best ever. (The "Dark Star" played on August 27, 1972, in Veneta, Oregon, was ranked #2. The February 27, 1969 version from the Fillmore West, included in Live/Dead, was #9.)

(Selections from the Allman Brothers Band's performances at this set of concerts were released as the album Fillmore East, February 1970.)

Professional ratings & Review scores
- Allmusic 5 stars
- The Music Box 5 stars
- Rolling Stone 5 stars

Dick's Picks Volume 4 received a rating of five stars out of five from Rolling Stone, The Music Box magazine, and Allmusic.
Greg Kot of Rolling Stone wrote, "But when the early Dead were at their best, few American bands were better in concert. Exhibit A is Volume Four, which culls highlights from two masterly 1970 performances at the Fillmore East. Here the full range of the band's arsenal is represented: the luminous 'Dark Star', a raging 'Not Fade Away', the sheer nastiness of McKernan on his showpiece, 'Turn On Your Love Light'."

In The Music Box, John Metzger said, "I don't think I need to tell anyone about the performance of the Grateful Dead on February 13 - 14, 1970, as these have long been fan favorites.... If you have never heard the February 13 performance of Dark Star / That's It for the Other One / Lovelight, you must be living in a cave or have never seen the Grateful Dead. It's one of the most amazing performances they ever did. Over 90 minutes of pure bliss that is sure to convert the unconverted."

William Ruhlmann of Allmusic wrote, "It isn't just the set list that makes this a legendary show, it's the playing: amazing interaction among the players on every song, with Garcia noodling his way to nirvana. While it would be an exaggeration to say that if you own this three-CD, three-hour-and-ten-minute album you have all you need of the Grateful Dead on disc, the overstatement is only slight."

On Jambands.com, Dan Alford wrote, "This performance really needs no introduction; it's one of the most famous two night stands in the Grateful Dead's history, and if you don't think 5/8/77 is the best GD performance, it's possible you think 2/13/70 is.... Easily one of the best moments of the 30 year trip."

The concert set lists for the 2/13/70 and 2/14/70 shows at the Fillmore East were:[10]

  • February 13, 1970

o First set (electric): "China Cat Sunflower" > "I Know You Rider", "Me and My Uncle", "Dire Wolf", "Smokestack Lightning"[b]
o Second set (acoustic): "The Monkey and the Engineer", "Sadie", "Wake Up Little Susie"[b], "Black Peter"[b], "Uncle John's Band", "Katie Mae"[b]
o Third set (electric): "Dark Star"[a] > "That's It for the Other One"[a] > "Turn On Your Love Light"[a]
o Encore: "We Bid You Goodnight"

  • February 14, 1970

o First set (electric): "Casey Jones"[a], "Mama Tried", "Hard to Handle"[b]
o Second set (acoustic): "The Monkey and the Engineer", "Dark Hollow"[b], "I've Been All Around this World"[b], "Wake Up Little Susie", "Black Peter", "Uncle John's Band", "Katie Mae"
o Third set (electric): "Dancing in the Street"[a], "China Cat Sunflower"[a] > "I Know You Rider"[a] > "High Time"[a], "Dire Wolf"[a], "Alligator"[a] > "Drums"[a] > "Me and My Uncle"[a] > "Not Fade Away"[a] > "Mason's Children"[a] > "Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)"[a] > "Feedback"[a]
o Encore: "We Bid You Goodnight"[a]

[a] appears on Dick's Picks Volume 4
[b] appears on Bear's Choice


Grateful Dead

  • Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
  • Mickey Hart - drums
  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums
  • Phil Lesh - electric bass, vocals
  • Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - organ, percussion, vocals
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals


  • Owsley Stanley - recording
  • Dick Latvala - tape archivist
  • Jeffrey Norman - CD mastering
  • Amalie R. Rothschild - photography
  • Gecko Graphics - design

• Bear (Owsley Stanley) - liner notes 

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