the Grateful Dead shows I attended were mostly just the Grateful Dead
but I did see Bruce Hornsby('88),Violent Femmes('91), Steve Miller('92), Sting('93), Traffic('94) and Rusted Root('95) open big outdoor gigs
they were all good openers for the Boys I hate to pick a "Best" but I'd have to go with Traffic
I've also seen the Allman Bros. open for Phil & Phriends ( and vice - versa ! ) ('02 )
Also Ekoostik Hookah ('02 ), Deep Banana Blackout ('00 ) And Jackie Greene ('09 ) opening for Ratdog
and Hot Tuna, Rusted Root ('98 ), Ziggy Marley,and Ekoostik Hookah ('00 ) open for the Other Ones
Robert Hunter played in between sets in '02
Bob Dylan opened for the Dead in '03 with Hunter in between Dead sets ( the Bard sat in for 3 songs with the Boys too )
also Warren Haynes and The Sultans of Bing opened for the Dead in '04
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Favorite sit ins: Spencer Davis, Steve Miller
Favorie opening act: Traffic, hands down. Particularly the Giants Stadium shows when various members of the Dead came out to jam on Mr. Fantasy and Gimme Some Lovin'.