The latest installment in the Grateful Dead‘s All The Years Live archival video series is available now on the band’s YouTube page. This double-dose entry highlights the Dead’s performance of “Sugar Magnolia” into “Scarlet Begonias” at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, NY on July 16th, 1990.
Opening up the second set of the show was the Bob Weir / John Perry Barlow feel-good groove “Sugar Magnolia”. Smiles are all around as the band blasts through this fan favorite, setting up what proved to be a memorable second set. While not flowing into its usual partner “Sunshine Daydream”, the transition here to “Scarlet Begonias” is smooth and sets up a wave of momentum the band would ride through the rest of the show.
Grateful Dead archivist and legacy manager David Lemieux notes in the video’s description,
A rare second set opening Sugar Magnolia was followed by what felt like its natural partner whenever it was played outside of its usual set-closing position, Scarlet Begonias. From just 10 days before Brent’s passing, this Buffalo show was another strong stop on the summer tour of 1990.
Watch the Grateful Dead perform “Sugar Magnolia” into “Scarlet Begonias” at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, NY on 7/16/90.
Grateful Dead – “Sugar Magnolia” > “Scarlet Begonias” – Orchard Park, NY – 7/16/90
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Previous installments of the Dead’s ongoing All The Years Live series have included: