In 1983, the Grateful Dead performed at the Fairgrounds. “What a pretty venue, nice grass framed by pine trees. Barefoot hippies everywhere! Show was good from what my foggy memory recalls, especially after someone dosed my nachos!” recalls Jim. Added Perrin: “Hi-spirited playing by Jerry!”
In 1984, the Fairgrounds hosted more national talent.
“Crosby Stills & Nash in concert as part of the outdoor Sierra Sun Music Festival held in Grass Valley on the Nevada County Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 9, 1984,” reads another promotion. “Featured opening acts were Los Lobos, the Blasters, John Lee Hooker and Tania Maris! I was the production manager and publicist for this festival”
It was a raucous affair, however. “Freedom Of Choice Including Music!” handbill put out after the show because of a meeting of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to discuss the idea of banning Rock concerts at the Fairgrounds!”
“Crosby, Stills, Nash jam, traffic too” reads one newspaper headline. “Several arrests in wake of concert,” reads another.
No such trouble on Friday night. Times have changed.
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