An MIT staff member writes, "The Grateful Dead performed on Kresge Plaza on May 6, 1970 and in duPont Gymnasium in May 7, 1970. "Taking place just days after the student shootings at Kent State University, the concerts are symbolic events for student life MIT during a very turbulent time in the country's history. Audio recordings of the actual duPont concert is available on-line."
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  • Adding to the historic legacy of this show is the fact that, while creating their own archive of concert recordings, the Grateful Dead apparently have no copy of this show in their Vault.

    None-the-less, there were actually at least three separate recordings made that night by audience members, leading to the cherished documentation available via the link above stitching the entire show together from start to finish. is honored and very much appreciates being included in this MIT Museum tribute.

    Noah Weiner

    7 Oct 09 at 10:27 am

  • Would be a great commemoration of both the events and their symbolic importance, and the historic relevance of the Dead.


    7 Oct 09 at 12:15 pm

  • I didn’t see the show in duPont but happened on the Dead setting up on the steps of the Student Center for the set on May 6. Blew off my class, raced back to Baker to grab my camera. They played about a half hour in a nasty rain that got worse as the set continued. Eventually the plastic sheets weren’t enough and they gave up. Years later a Deadhead friend gave me a tape of the set. Lots of hiss – or was it the rain (probably both). Still a great memory. What I remember most was Bobby saying, “We got a little lost kid here named Frank. Anybody lose a kid named Frank?”

    I wonder what Frank is doing today.

    Dave Brown '69

    8 Oct 09 at 10:38 pm

  • I was there. Someplace I might still have the chambray shirt with the fist silkscreened on the back.

    Phil Gustafson

    1 Jan 10 at 2:35 pm

  • Actually, it is Jerry who is heard announcing “the lost little kid named Frank”.

    David Feldman

    16 Jan 10 at 1:29 am