Listen To Jerry Garcia Band Perform ‘Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox’ At MSG Debut In 1991

By Scott Bernstein May 27, 2021 11:13 am PDT

While the Grateful Dead first played Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1979, the Jerry Garcia Band didn’t make their debut at the iconic venue until November 15, 1991. On June 25, an official recording of the JGB’s Garden premiere will be released via Round Records as GarciaLive Vol. 16. Jerry Garcia and company’s show included a take on Norton Buffalo’s “Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox,” the latest preview track from the upcoming set.

Jerry and the band — which saw him backed by bassist John Kahn, keyboardist Melvin Seals, drummer David Kemper and vocalists Jaclyn LaBranch and Gloria Jones — hit The Garden as the seventh stop on a tour visiting large arenas throughout the East Coast and Midwest. The sextet had their sealegs under them by that point and made the most of their first performance at a venue Garcia played 52 times with the Grateful Dead.

“Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox” was released earlier in the year on Buffalo’s R&B album with Roy Rogers. The Jerry Garcia Band debuted their take at the tour opener in Landover, Maryland on November 6, 1991 as per Setlist.FM. “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox” came towards the middle of the JGB’s second set in NYC on November 15, 1991. Garcia delivered a powerful vocal performance augmented with an emotion-laden guitar solo.

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