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July 15, 2013

Concert turns C'town into Dead haven

The sounds of the band Further boomed from Doubleday Field in Cooperstown on Sunday night, culminating an afternoon of souvenir and foods sales along “Shakedown Street,” a marketplace that travels with the Grateful Dead legacy band. 

Ticketholders and would-be concertgoers looking for a “miracle” free ticket for admission hovered around the parking lots of the ball field and Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce. The odor of beer mixed with smoke as people moved among the crowded stalls. Along with contemporary casual summer attire, some fans wore tie-dyed clothing, bandanas and beads.

Further features original Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. At Shakedown Street, Grateful Dead fans sell shirts, stuffed bears and other goods.

Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert said the department was following its plan for security and crowd control. The lots started filling with vendors at 8 a.m., he said, and 12 hours later, no criminal problems had developed and no arrests had been made. 

Officials made some accommodations for Sunday’s Dead crowd, such as allowing beer to be sold inside the stadium and consumed in the parking lot. Ticket sales figures weren’t available Sunday night, but tickets were being sold for $60 at the entrance.

By 6 p.m., parking spaces in the village were at a premium, with signs advertising residential spaces for $20. Two men from Vermont stood in the will-call line at 7:30 p.m., a half-hour after the concert started. But they said they were happy to add to the count of Further and more-than-100 Grateful Dead concerts they had attended.
 
A previous visitor to Cooperstown for other events, Crawford said he appreciated that the village had welcomed a different crowd. But he had doubts of an encore.
 
"It will be the first and last," Crawford predicted. 
 
Margaret Savoie, broker/owner of Don Olin Realty adjacent to the Chamber parking lot, had opened the business's small lawn to guests for a buffet. By 7 p.m., they could hear Further performing. 

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