I gotta go with UNcleGrizz on this one. Hampton on 3-27-88 was my favorite Grateful Dead show ever. The band was on fire and didn't let up all night. I remember walking out of there just completely drained from dancing my ass off. I got shut out the previous night after buying a fake ticket, so I missed that one. I recall listening to the Might as Well live on the radio outside the venue and they were cookin'. Lots of people were trying to sneak in through the doors at the top of the ramps, which must have pissed off the cops because they started macing people and came through the lot soon after kicking everbody out. I'll never forget when we got to the car to leave after the show the rain drops on the back windshield spelled out LOVE in dripping letters. Unbelievable, but we all saw it. We ended up spending the night on a military base around there, which was unexpected to say the least.
There were lots of great nights at the Cap Center. The Ripple show was something special. Phil's B-day in 1990 was freakin' awesome, especially the Tennesse Jed and Althea in the first set, and the China/Rider and Terrapin in the second.
Mickey's b-day in 1987 was also really good, although I wasn't as familiar with all the songs yet. The Sugaree was the one song that grabbed me.
Some other great shows I've seen were Rush at the Cap Center in 1985, Bela Fleck at Wilmer's Park in whoknowswhen, and Phish in Poughkeepsie during a massive snowstorm in 1993. Good times!
Wow man, Wilmers.
I used to do sound and stage work for a band that played there alot, called Joe Dicey & Jamnation. Joe was also in another band, a GREAT Zappa tribute band called " The Other People ", that played at Wilmers alot.
I still have a stack of about 25 laminates from Wilmers.
Guranteed, we spent some time together.