Jerry Garcia Band: GarciaLive Volume 10: May 20th, 1990, Hilo Civic Auditorium
It wasn’t a secret that Jerry Garcia had a special connection to Hawaii, though the Aloha state wasn’t treated to very many shows during the Dead’s tenure. But the Jerry Garcia Band sure made up for that fact on this Sunday night during the spring of 1990, with a blistering show that found him brimming with energy throughout. JGB stacked the show with some of their most cherished tunes. The first set opens with a stellar, upbeat version of “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You), followed by “They Love Each Other” and “Tough Mama.” Other set-one highlights include soulful versions of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and “Run for the Roses,” along with the set closing “Deal,” a tune JGB shared with the Dead. Set two dips back and forth between optimistic, upbeat numbers like Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come,” Peter Tosh’s “Stop That Train” and Bruce Cockburn’s “Waiting for a Miracle” alongside more mournful moments like Dylan’s “Forever Young,” and the night’s highlight, a gorgeous version of The Band’s “Tears of Rage.” The show closes with the JGB classic “That Lucky Old Sun” and Garcia’s other Dylan favorite, “Tangled Up in Blue.” Musically, the songs are pretty tight, with most numbers falling in the seven-to-eight minute range; only three top 10 minutes. And those familiar with the JGB will certainly recognize the se songs as standards in their set. But Garcia was in a special place in 1990, as any Deadhead can attest. (Pick pretty much any Dead show from that year and you’ll be in heaven.) So it isn’t surprising that this show cooks too.