Watch the Grateful Dead Play 'Jack Straw' in Venta, Oregon in 1972 - Rolling Stone
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Grateful Dead Play ‘Jack Straw’ in Veneta, Oregon, in 1972

Performance was part of a benefit with author Ken Kesey

Back on August 27th, 1972, the Grateful Dead journeyed to Veneta, Oregon, to link up with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. Hot off a European tour, the Dead joined the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and his crew for a benefit show for the Kesey family’s Springfield Creamery. The band played through a number of tracks, including “Sugar Magnolia,” “Promised Land” and a 30-minute version of “Dark Star.” The gig became well known to fans as a particularly noteworthy Dead show, living on as the unreleased concert film Sunshine Daydream.

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Sunshine Daydream has now officially surfaced, opening yesterday for a “one night only” premiere to mark what would have been Jerry Garcia’s 71st birthday, and will be released as a special collection on September 17th. Here, the Dead breeze along on “Jack Straw, settling comfortably into jams and solos on a free-flowing performance for a very receptive audience.

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