Watch This: Remembering Doug Sahm and the Grateful Dead’s Impromptu 1972 Thanksgiving Day Jam

New pocket-doc revisits Armadillo lore 50 years later

Courtesy of the Society for the Preservation of Texas Music

On one fateful Thanksgiving Day in 1972, lightning struck at Austin’s hallowed Armadillo World Headquarters concert hall.

That is, Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead bandmate Phil Lesh shared a stage with Austin’s cosmic groove originator Doug Sahm for a hastily-publicized, totally-free slapdash assembly. A new video from the Society for the Preservation of Texas Music, premiering here, breaks down the Turkey Day insanity. In collaboration with the Austin Museum of Popular Culture and Arts+Labor, the mini-doc features archival footage and narration by Armadillo owner Eddie Wilson.

With the Dead in town for a performance at Austin's Municipal Auditorium the night before, Leon Russell – plus members of the 13th Floor Elevators, Shiva’s Headband, and Greezy Wheels – also joined the one-time jam. The legendary setlist, spanning Bob Dylan to Merle Haggard to Little Richard, is certainly worth a revisit 50 years later.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, and see the video below.

Produced by the Society for the Preservation of Texas Music with the Austin Museum of Popular Culture and Arts+Labor

Jeremy Steinberger / Director, Editor
Vicky Andres / Art Director
Cody Ground / Creative Director
Alan Berg, Leea Mechling / Producers
Special thanks to Burton Wilson, Van Brooks, and Steve Salibo

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