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February 11, 1986

Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center
Oakland, California

This is a fun, but flawed show. The first set starts off with an always welcome China>Rider and is highlighted by an enchanting Bird Song. The second set is where things get a little more interesting. The Neville Brothers sit in with the band, resulting in a Drums opener into a rocking, but at times awkward, Iko. It seems that not everyone - the Neville Brothers as well as some of the members of the Dead - is not on the same page. They seem to get things together more by the end of the set with the Stella>Not Fade Away. Then everyone, save Phil, comes out for a three song encore, heading back into the NFA before transitioning into a funky, though far from fully jammed out, Bo Diddley. The night finishes off with a solid, though equally uninspired GDTRFB. Notably, Weir rocked the encore on the tambourine.

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