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Ventura County Fairgrounds
Ventura, California

Through the mid-80s, the Dead played eleven shows at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, all of them in June and July. For our Dead of the Day, we head out to what is arguably the best of those dates back in 1984. The boys get things rolling with Dancing In The Streets. Gone is any of the disco sound from just a few years prior or the more rhythm and blues feel of the earlier, sixties versions. Instead, we get a more brooding, yet charged rendition. A fairly standard Bertha and Brother Esau come next. Then the boys turn it up a notch further with Loser. Jerry’s voice suddenly emerges, joining his soaring guitar, and Phil delivers some outlandish bombs as he will throughout the...