Today is one of those days with no Easy Answers (that’s a pun, but fortunately it’s also true). The Grateful Dead only played one show on July 20th throughout their entire history, and it was this one on a rainy day in the middle of Indiana, 1994.
Childhood’s End (not the much better Pink Floyd song but the Phil Lesh mess) and Mathilda (typically played as the disappointing follow up to Corrina) both debuted today and that’s about all you need to know about this show.
What else . . . well, the first set is incredibly short and since it’s raining, the second set features three songs in a row about rain (Box of Rain – good song, awful version, Samba in the Rain – you know the drill, and Looks Like Rain – not Bob Weir’s best) followed by Here Comes Sunshine, which has not aged well. The Uncle John’s Band really goes nowhere except into I Need a Miracle, which is what you’ll need to get to this point of the show. Morning Dew is at least adequate to end the second set, but you can hear all of Jerry’s 90’s limitations on the Johnny B Goode encore.
If you’re adventurous, here’s the link: https://archive.org/details/gd94-07-20.sbd.darkstar.12596.sbeok.shnf