Photos by Bob Minkin
Jerry Garcia during the legendary 1977 Winterland run in San Francisco.
The Palladium, formally the Academy of Music, was a theater turned concert hall in Manhattan. This iteration of the Jerry Garcia Band featured the Grateful Dead’s Keith and Donna Godchaux along with Maria Muldaur on vocals, John Kahn and Buzz Buchanan.
When I was 18, I took a bus cross-country, solo, from Brooklyn, N.Y., to San Francisco to attend this 1977 New Year’s run at Winterland. I made my way up to the stage to photograph the band with my new Minolta SRT-101 camera. At the time I was beginning to get my work published in Relix magazine.
Just after the balloon drop at Winterland, the Grateful Dead breaks into “Sugar Magnolia;” a nod to promoter and impresario Bill Graham, it was his favorite Grateful Dead song.
The show in Binghamton was possibly my favorite Grateful Dead show that I attended. The band was on fire that night.