DEAD & CO LIGHT UP SKY FOR FINAL TOUR IN BOULDER & SAN FRANCISCO
Dead & Company Final Tour | July 2023 | Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado & Oracle Park in San Francisco, California, USA
Nova Sky Stories Quick Facts:
- Event: Dead & Co Final Tour
- Location: Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado & Oracle Park in San Francisco
- # of drones: 600
- Artist: Nova Sky Stories Art Team
- Production: Nova Sky Stories Production Team
The final performance by Dead and Company at Folsom Field in Boulder featured a spectacular drone show featuring drones from Boulder based Nova Sky Stories. The performance was a testament to the band’s deep connection with the city and the enduring devotion of Colorado Deadheads. Instead of traditional 4th of July fireworks, the night sky was illuminated by a breathtaking drone display. Hundreds of twinkling blue lights formed iconic Grateful Dead imagery, including the Steal Your Face logo and a Dancing Bear, leaving the audience in awe of this innovative presentation.
As the band prepared for their last five performances, with a grand finale scheduled at Oracle Park in San Francisco, this Boulder performance served as a heartfelt tribute from both the band to the city and from the devoted Colorado Deadheads to their musical icons. The drones painted a celestial canvas that even skeptics couldn’t resist, captivating everyone with its ethereal charm.
Within the scenic embrace of Folsom Field, one of the country’s most picturesque football stadiums, a perfect backdrop of the majestic Flatirons set the stage for the unfolding musical spectacle. The event’s singularity was marked by a third night added to their final tour in Boulder and San Francisco, underscoring the band’s deep connection with these locations.
In San Francisco, the final show of Dead & Company’s tour at Oracle Park enjoyed perfect weather conditions, creating a special atmosphere for the band’s homecoming. The concert, which followed a three-night run, lived up to expectations. The drone display in San Francisco concluded with a quotation from Mickey Hart, recalling his words at the final Fare Thee Well concert in Chicago before Dead & Company formed: “Please be kind.”
The farewell show in San Francisco was a highly anticipated event. The drone display during the performance added a mesmerizing dimension to the music, featuring a “Stealie” skull pattern, a top hat-wearing skeleton, and a dancing bear, all illuminated by the drones. This innovative use of technology left a lasting impression, symbolizing the enduring spirit of the Grateful Dead’s music, even as the show came to an end.