Jerry Garcia and John Kahn

Garcia Live Vol. 14 - The Ritz

New York, NY

Jan 27, 1986

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The GarciaLive series is set to return with our first dip into the acoustic realm! GarciaLive Volume 14: January 27th, 1986 The Ritz spotlights an exultant Jerry Garcia & John Kahn acoustic duo performance in the heart of New York City. There was always palpable energy to Garcia’s performances in the Big Apple and this Monday night was no exception. Captured at the mid-way point in their East Coast run, Garcia & Kahn delight a spellbound audience with a mix of Grateful Dead favorites, folk standard, and other staples from Garcia’s songbook. The duo’s performance is laid-back yet impassioned with Garcia’s mastery as a storyteller on full display. As Billy Strings describes in the liner notes, Garcia "sings through the verses and picks through the melodies as if he is the man in the story. Delicate and deliberate.” A sultry version of “Friend of the Devil” showcases Garcia’s soulful singing and his deep musical connection with Kahn. And what Garcia performance would be complete without a couple nods to the Bard — “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and “Simple Twist of Fate.” Other highlights include an upbeat “Bird Song” which Garcia & Kahn stretch out for the longest jam of the evening and a joyous “Ripple” we imagine made the whole room smile.

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Nate 10/19/2022 2:34:31 PM

"Beautiful show. There is a haunting sound to it. It's so intimate and like the show notes say, there was definitely an energy moving through Jerry and John to the crowd. I'm very glad I checked this one out. "


Setlist at Garcia Live Vol. 14 - The Ritz, New York, NY on Jan 27, 1986

Set One

Deep Elem Blues 337


Little Sadie 272


Friend Of The Devil 385


Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie 327


When I Paint My Masterpiece 345


Run For the Roses 276


Set Two

Dire Wolf 268


Simple Twist Of Fate 507


Spike Driver Blues 250


Bird Song 554


Ripple 253



Goodnight Irene 462


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