In the Strangest of Places: Celebrating The 45th Anniversary Of The Grateful Dead In Missoula

May 14, 2019

a ticket from the May 14, 1974 Grateful Dead show at the Harry Adams Field House at the University of Montana

On May 14, 1974, the Grateful Dead played what would become the only concert performance by the band in the state of Montana. Those who gathered at the Harry Adams Field House at the University of Montana in Missoula were treated to a sprawling, four-hour show with a unique amplification system famously known in Grateful Dead circles as The Wall of Sound.

In the Strangest of Places pays tribute to that concert, with music from the show, recollections from people who were there, and analysis from Grateful Dead experts.


In the Strangest of Places was produced by Sue Balter-Reitz, Mark Parker, and Ken Siebert. The show was hosted by Mark Parker and featured recollections of the concert by Mark Parker, Chuck Roberts, and Ed Kemmick. Sue Balter-Reitz and Emily Arendt provided analysis of the impact of the Grateful Dead on music and the cultural scene of the 60s and 70s, and Nicholas Meriweather provided context for the technical applications of The Wall of Sound. Musical selections from Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Volume 9.