Here are some photos my dad took yesterday of the Bethesda Little Tavern.
From Cerphe of WHFS:
Here’s the deal: i was lucky enough to interview jerry garcia on 3 occasions and one of the times in 1977 at whfs in bethesda, garcia along with several people in his posse along with weasel, a fellow dj on hfs, walked down cordell avenue to the little tavern near the intersection of woodmont and cordell. they had the munchies…go figure.
the group is lumbering down the sidwalk when suddenly approached by several stoners whom intently stare at them, eyes dialate and collective jaws drop. after being speechless for a moment…one points and says………..’look……….it’s WEASEL……..!’
the stoners didn’t even notice jerry garcia, but it was a very big deal to see weasel. like ships passing in the night, the two groups went their separate ways, garcia remained invisible and managed to get his little tavern burgers , return to the studio and join me on my show.
couple footnotes…being vegetarian, there wasn’t much for me to eat at club LT, so i hadn’t put in a lobster lollie or burger order (ha!) AND seeing as i couldn’t leave the studio (i was on-air and not on the sidewalk where this hunter thompson-esque caper went down) i didn’t witness it. the story was told to me after the fact, so some urban legend, revisionist history could be at work here.
at this point, both little tavern AND jerry garcia have left the building…so no harm.
will little tavern ever return?
Around that time, Jerry appeared in Bethesda & we heard it on the radio. We could hear a small crowd clapping & yelling as if in a small room. So that must be what you’re talking about. We recorded it, but the quality we need is not there. Anyway, he sang a song w/ Lizzie Fricke & JoAnne Lediger, something like “I am the Lord, thy God and I’ll be with Thee”. Now I am old & ill and I want that song for my funeral. It would be super if the clapping & yelling could be removed, but if II could get a CD of it at all, I would rest happily!!!
Can you help me in any way: make me a copy, refer me to someone, or…?