Grateful Dead Selects July 1990 Foxboro Show For ‘Shakedown Stream’

Celebrating the late Robert Hunter's birthday, his songwriting partner Jim Lauderdale will appear on the pre-show.

By Andy Kahn Jun 18, 2021 7:38 am PDT

The Grateful Dead’s Shakedown Stream live archival video series will present the band’s July 14, 1990 concert at Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The never-before-seen show footage will be broadcast on YouTube on June 23 — what would have been lyricist Robert Hunter’s 80th birthday.

One of keyboardist Brent Mydland’s last concerts with the Dead, the Foxboro second set featured the band’s final performance of his song “I Will Take You Home.” Mydland tragically died on July 26, 1990, at the age of 37, just days after playing the final show of the band’s 1990 Summer Tour.

Singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale, who co-wrote several songs with Hunter over many years, will appear on the Shakedown Stream pre-show with co-hosts David Lemieux and Gary Lambert. Hunter, who died in 2019, co-wrote many classic Grateful Dead songs with late guitarist Jerry Garcia. Hunter was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with the Grateful Dead in 1994 and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame alongside Garcia in 2015.

The broadcast will benefit the non-profit 826 Valencia. Founded in San Francisco by writer Dave Eggers and friends, the organization is “dedicated to encouraging and assisting under-resourced students in developing writing skills.” The Shakedown Stream festivities begin at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 23.

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