July 3-4, 1970
The Aragon Ballroom, at 1106 Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, was reportedly leased by American Tribal Productions in spring 1970 in order to put on "monster rock shows" (1). A mention is made of restoring the venue to its "pre-Cheetah" condition, leading me to wonder if this same location was one of the Cheetah venues. (I had thought LLD or Rock Prosopography or Rock Archaeology had posted on the Cheetahs, but I can't find it if so.) Shows under the new management were to have begun on May 1, 1970.
The Grateful Dead, It's a Beautiful Day, Aum and Rare Bird were said to be appearing on July 3-4, 1970 (1). A second article mentions that a Dayton, Ohio band called Green Lyte Sunday will appear with the GD (2), though this band is not mentioned in later listings of summer music events (3). As late as July 3rd (4) the show is still slated to happen. On July 4, 1970, the Tribune runs the following item (5):
The Grateful Dead, originally scheduled to headline the monster rock concert at the Aragon last night, was delayed by customs at the Canadian border. American Tribal Productions continued with the curtailed bill --It's a Beautiful Day, Aum, and Rare Bird-- at reduced price and promises a special Grateful Dead concert soon.
I have no postscript to this. I couldn't find any reference to a makeup show, though of course the GD did come back to Chicago for a show at the Syndrome on November 27, 1970. No idea whether that's related in any way.
Two further things to say, one small and one big.
First, small: the context of the above suggests that the July 4th show was canceled, too.
Second, bigger: weren't the GD in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on July 3, 1970? Isn't a bunch of the footage from "Festival Express," including Jerry sitting in with Ian & Sylvia, from that date? There is nighttime footage, IIRC. If that's true, then how could the GD have been expecting to play in Chicago on July 3? Either we have something wrong about the Festival Express dates, or the GD double-booked themselves for this night (perhaps also implying that the alleged border problem was concocted to cover some asses), or something else is screwy. Thoughts?
(1) Peter Gorner, "Rocking at the Aragon," Chicago Tribune, April 25, 1970, p. S12.
(2) Peter Gorner, "Some Competition for B,S & T's Spot," Chicago Tribune, May 24, 1970, p. F4.
(3) Linda Winer, "The Long, Rockin' Summer," Chicago Tribune, June 21, 1970, p. G3; see also entertainment calendar in Chicago Tribune, June 28, 1970, p. G2.
(4) Chicago Tribune, July 3, 1970, p. B2.
(5) "Music Note," Chicago Tribune, July 4, 1970, p. S10.