When Jerry Garcia Called The Capitol “Pretty Groovy”

“See, there’s only two theaters, man… that are set up pretty groovy all around for music and for smooth stage changes, good lighting and all that—the Fillmore and The Capitol Theatre. And those are the only two in the whole country,” said Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia. From March 1970 to February 1971, the godfathers of jam music clocked 18 shows at the Port Chester theater (a virtual vessel of history, built in 1926). Many fans argue the concerts were among the band’s best sets ever. In July 2015, four original Grateful Dead members—Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir—reunited to recreate the magic at Soldier’s Field in Chicago, playing for a sold-out crowd.