Just enjoyed a really fun linguistic thread on Facebook with some old-school Deadheads.
Once upon a time, there were no texts and cell phones. If you wanted to meet up with someone at a general admission concert, you had to make a plan to find your way to a particular location within a relatively specific timeframe.
At Dead shows, there were a few general location indicators, among them “at the rail,” “near the Spinners,” “with the Wharf Rats at set break,” and “on the Jerry side” (stage left) or “on the Phil side” (stage right.)
In Furthur shows now, Jerry Garcia’s lead guitar job is occupied by John Kadlecik, and for a time, he and Phil switched sides.
Consensus: “Jerry’s side will always be Jerry’s side.”