DEC
31
1982
Grateful Dead, Tower of Power, and 1 more
Civic Auditorium - Oakland, CA
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What an introduction to funk / R&B masters

So I obviously didn't go to this show, but it remains one of the most influential Dead shows for me because of some very special guests, Etta James and the Tower of Power horns. When I first got this tape in high school in the late 80s, I almost couldn't believe what I was listening to: the Dead playing Lovelight, Tell Mama, Hard to Handle and Midnight Hour with a full horn section! And then Etta James comes out and brings the house down. Luckily there is a YouTube video of this incredible sequence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_zKuqHzYks I was only 16, so I'm not too embarassed, but I had actually never heard of either the Tower of Power or Etta James. Yet another example of the legendary Bill Graham using the draw of the Dead to introduce hippies young and old to new artists. Living in New Orleans years later, I was finally able to see Etta James and the Tower of Power (separately) at Tipitina's, and I couldn't stop thinking of how I discovered them through this show!
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