Category Archives: Chicago

Where’s Pam, Jeff, Geomeister & Michael?

Posted by on September 16, 2015

[Couldn’t get my annotated version of Matt’s FTW panorama to upload on his post, so here’s a new one.]

I must have been off in search of a beer (or recycling previous ones). Not sure where Michael’s gone either. That’s Pam leaning on the yellow towel we used to help stake out territory at the rail. Geomeister* can be seen in his off-white, limited-edition, classic “Struttin’ Skeletons” Aloha Shirt (*aka: geooffwhitelimitededitionclassicstruttinskeletonsalohashirtmeister).

Wonderful view of tons of grate memories being made! Thanks Matt!

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Ozark Matt’s photo annotated by Oat Jeff

Those fine follks at dead.net

Posted by on March 28, 2016

 

They had a little blurb in their newsletter about us…how ’bout that!

I’ve cut it with my sharpest virtual scissors  and pasted it with a copious amout of Elmer’s finest… , right down there  vvv

COMMUNITY BITS

COMMUNITY BITS

Happy birthday to the Sunshine Daydreamers, who just celebrated the first anniversary of their merry band. It all started last year with Fare Thee Well, but summer’s
coming and the road goes on. Check in with the folks.

 

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HaPpY bIrThDaY tO yOu

Posted by on January 16, 2016

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Happy happy birthday to us all, as it was 365 days ago today, that our world got collectively better when Trixie Garcia announced something special. This very site says: Jerry Garcia’s daughter Trixie Garcia announced the shows in an exclusive interview. You can check out her announcement here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR3LaG4vcBk

As Wikipedia states, “The three shows in Chicago were initially announced on January 16, 2015 as the only three Fare Thee Well performances. Tickets were first made available through the Grateful Dead’s GDSTOO mail order system. Deadheads mailed in more than 60,000 envelopes, requesting a total of more than 360,000 tickets.” And then there was the wheel to end all wheels…and then magic happened…which lasted all they way through the end of the year.

So thank you all who played a part in putting this all together. It has been a marvelous year, and we are fortunate enough to have more to look forward to. Put on your party hats, have a bit of cake and give a loved one or yourself a twirl. Stop a stranger just to shake their hand. Smile on one-another…one more thing, “Be Kind.”

“They aren’t the best at what they do, they are the only ones that Do What They Do.”

…and we are all better off for that.

Happy Birthday!

Ozark Matt’s Pic Picks Vol. 5: Grateful Dead Sunday July 5th, The Show

Posted by on October 29, 2015

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7:30 pm Sunday July 5th, 2015 Soldier Field. Moments before the Grateful Dead take the stage for their third and final performance of the weekend.

 

 


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This amiable gentleman, Nate-a-lution, achieved a miracle ticket for sixty bucks. He laughed at people who just put their finger in the air. Crucial kazooing and egg shaker-ing was his key to getting in a sold-out Grateful Dead show during a holiday weekend.

 

 

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The Grateful Dead take the stage…

 

 

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The show begins…

 

 

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See you in Saint Louis, Missouri November 20th at the Scottrade Center for Dead & Company.

-Ozark Matt

 

Ozark Matt’s Pic Pick’s Vol. 4: Grateful Dead Sunday July 5th, The Walk In

Posted by on October 8, 2015

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Downtown Chicago, Illinois 12:05 pm Sunday July 5th, 2015


 

Isaac Newton is dead; not a profound statement, but relevant as the planet Mercury leaves its phase of retrograde and provides a more stable terrestrial environment of prograde. This is similar to the cosmic, musical boundary we are hovering over: the plane where The Grateful Dead transforms to Dead and Company. The planets were clearly aligned on Sunday July 5th, 2015 as we strolled, one last time, into Soldier Field to witness event perfection.

 

 

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-Ozark Matt

 

 

Swan and Boo in Higher Resolution During Shakedown Street Sat. 7.4.15

Posted by on September 15, 2015

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Saturday July 4, 2015 Chicago, Illinois Soldier Field during the first song of the evening, Shakedown Street, and fellow Sunshine Daydreamers somewhere down there on the field.

 

I was unable to post this higher resolution .png file in the comment section. Here is a 20 mb version for Swan and Boo. Hopefully, posted on the web it will still be much more detailed than the previous posted version in volume 3, the show.

-Ozark Matt

Ozark Matt’s Pic Picks Vol. 3: Grateful Dead Chicago July 4th, The Show

Posted by on September 11, 2015

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The following photos are a chronological display of the Saturday, July 4, 2015 Fare Thee Well Grateful Dead concert at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois; the single most awesome music event I have ever had the pleasure of attending, in which, nothing might ever achieve such magical energy as this particular show accomplished.

 

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Even her home of Paradise Island in the Bermuda Triangle was not too far to come to a Grateful Dead show for Wonder Woman, herself. Section 438? We’re in good company.

 

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The show begins with Shakedown Street

 

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Bob Weir performing the pre-chorus to Shakedown Street Saturday July 4th, 2015 Chicago, Illinois in front of a sold-out, holiday crowd at Soldier Field.

 

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The large screen projects an onstage Trey Anastasio performing a poignant version of Standing on the Moon to a hushed audience.

 

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The gentleman directly behind me and to my right began to play harmonica during the performance of Tennessee Jed.

 

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The second set begins…

 

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This concludes my entries focusing on Saturday, July 4, 2015. I look forward to working on more volumes highlighting the final day, Sunday July 5th, and will begin posting them exclusively in the coming weeks on sunshinedaydreamers.com.

-Ozark Matt

Ozark Matt’s Pic Picks Vol. 2: Grateful Dead Chicago Sat. July 4th, The Walk-in

Posted by on September 2, 2015

“What is it like to go to a Grateful Dead show?”, I often hear from curious folk. Well, it is nothing like a regular concert on so many different levels that it is impossible to accurately describe in polite, casual conversation and never really does the actual event justice in the mind of the explainer; painting a picture for the uninitiated of the scene, the vibe, the pre-show walk-in, the show, the music, the lights, and the after show scene is a gargantuan task with only words at your disposal becomes sometimes frustrating and counterproductive. Why not intentionally capture the moment on film?

I never had a camera worthy of taking to the past Grateful Dead shows I was extremely fortunate to attend in the early 90’s, nor was anything able to fire off photos at a high rate, cost free. Included below is a comprehensive, chronological, unedited display of what it is like to walk in to a Grateful Dead show from your parking space in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

 

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Jerry Garcia August 9

Posted by on August 9, 2015

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his presence felt as the crowd takes their seats  July 4, 2015

I was extremely fortunate to see the Grateful Dead a handful of times with Jerry Garcia in the lineup; my hometown St. Louis was the second to last stop of the 1995 tour and as Holly and I strolled through Grant Park, it seemed Jerry never died and the scene we observed was 1996, the next year on tour, before our very eyes, as if truly, the music never stopped.

Of all the Jerry iconography present at the Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago, this photo is the best from my epic roll of total coverage. 

Suddenly, he appeared.  Smiling and staring at an excited crowd out of their minds with anticipation.