“Jerry Garcia and Friends” performed an acoustic set at an AIDS benefit concert hosted by Joan Baez back in December of 1987. The set was short, but how sweet it sounded.
Jerry’s “friends” for the show included Bob Weir and John Kahn. The MC introduced Jerry and Bob with a profound thought that even resonates today—what if Jerry Garcia were to run for president of the United States?
Jerry and Bobby kick the performance off with a gorgeous version of “When I Paint My Masterpiece.” Drugs and time have visibly taken their toll on Jerry. As you’ll hear in the opening lines, it has also taken a toll on his voice. But soon after Bob and Jerry connect and create the sweetest of harmonies.
Joan Baez sat in for the second half of the set. Here is the setlist for those of you keeping score:
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Deep Elem Blues
Victim Or The Crime
Dark Hollow *
Turtle Dove *
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door *
*w/ Joan Baez