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Denver’s Blue Goose Exhibits, makers of trade show exhibits and displays as well as signs and graphics, recently created a special display for the Colorado Music Hall of Fame (Presented by Comfort Dental), located inside the Trading Post at the famed Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.
The exhibit is entitled, “Colorado Getaway: The History of the Grateful Dead in the High Country.”
The timeline exhibit, a permanent fixture at the CMHOF, was unveiled at a VIP reception held on a Saturday afternoon in June in the middle of a two-night stint by Dead & Co., featuring Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, at Folsom Field, on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder.
The three original members of the Grateful Dead drove to Red Rocks, about 30 miles away, that Saturday for the exhibit’s unveiling at a VIP reception. Fans paid a premium to attend the event, with proceeds going to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame (Presented by Comfort Dental).
After some opening remarks from the three Dead luminaries, sharing their memories of playing Colorado over the years, renowned Grateful Dead authority David Gans—“The Grateful Dead Hour”—performed a few songs in tribute to the band, then moderated a panel that included Paul Epstein, a CMHOF board member and longtime Denver record store owner and music aficionado. According to one account of the affair Epstein was a driving force behind the event, not only sharing his wealth of artifacts for the exhibit but also regaling the audience with his encyclopedic knowledge of the Dead.
Also on the panel discussion were Grammy winner David Glasser, who runs Boulder’s Airshow Mastering studio; and promoter Don Strasburg (Blue Goose credits Strasburg and AEG Live chairman Chuck Morris for working with Dead & Co.’s management to get Weir, Kreutzmann and Hart to appear at the event.).
Celebrity Deadhead Bill Walton, who attended both Boulder shows, also made an appearance and posed for pictures and signed autographs.
The afternoon ended with the distribution of “swag” envelopes containing a “Red Rocks 7/8/78” 3-CD set and commemorative comic, menu and postcards. Attendees then drove to Boulder to enjoy night No. 2 of Dead & Co. from their club level seats inside the stadium.