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Pelletier Farm
St. Helens, Oregon

The great shows of late August continue, and we once again head back to some primal Dead, this time at a 1969 festival, Bullfrog 3, out in Oregon. Despite its clipped beginning, the Hard to Handle balls in psychedelic blues style, blasting the crowd with its thick, groovy, vaguely sexual jams. A few songs later, the Easy Wind is hot with Pig’s keys taking center stage while Jerry provides some enchanting runs in the background. But the show really turns at the Dark Star, which  is, from the very beginning, metaphysically fantastic. It covers relatively standard territory through the first seven minutes or so, but does so with flawless playing. Then, the boys – led by Jerry and TC – start to send...