Cattle rancher-turned-Internet freedom pioneer, John Perry Barlow teamed up with Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir to write some of the famous jam band’s most beloved songs during their partnership over the years. Those songs will fill the air at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl next month as part of an all-star benefit concert announced on Wednesday.
The one-night event is being branded as “The Songs of Barlow & Weir” and will take place on February 7th, marking a more celebratory spin on the one-year anniversary of Barlow’s death in early 2018. The show will include performances from members of the Terrapin Family Band (and many more) including Jason Crosby, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy, Talking Heads‘ Jerry Harrison (and his daughter Aishlin), Josh Kaufman, Elliott Peck, and Rachel Ana Dobken, just to name a few. The benefit concert will also look to raise money in support of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit which Barlow co-founded back in 2012 to fund and support free speech and freedom of the press.
Some of the fan-favorite Grateful Dead and Weir solo tunes which Barlow co-wrote during the two’s nearly career-spanning partnership included “Estimated Prophet”, “Cassidy”, “Looks Like Rain”, and “The Music Never Stopped”. There’s been no mention as to whether or not Weir will make a surprise appearance at the event, but ya never know when it comes to the magic of the Grateful Dead. Fans can turn on and tune in to the video below for a look back at a similar fundraising event at Brooklyn Bowl which took place back in December 2016.
The Songs of Barlow Concert – Brooklyn Bowl – 12/14/2016
Speaking of Weir, the guitarist was in Hawaii recently to ring in the New Year alongside some of his Dead comrades with their Rising Up To Paradise two-night NYE events. He’ll rejoin his Dead & Company bandmates in a few weeks for their annual Playing In The Sand destination event down in Mexico starting on January 17th.
Tickets for the Barlow tribute show at Brooklyn Bowl next month are on sale now via the venue’s website.