Bob Weir & Wolf Bros returned to Atlanta Symphony Hall on Saturday for the second of three performances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Guest conductor Giancarlo Acquilanti—who helped provide original orchestration for the symphony shows—led the orchestra through an opening overture before conductor Steven Reineke took the stage along with Weir, his Wolf Bros, and the Wolf Pack, to kick off the set proper with “Touch of Grey”. The beloved if divisive Grateful Dead hit from 1987’s In The Dark established an upbeat tone, with the orchestral accompaniment adding a level of elegance and grandiosity. The band then slowed things down for the remainder of the set, meandering through dignified renditions of “Lost Sailor”, “Saint of Circumstance”, and “Morning Dew”.
Set two likewise commenced on a high note with a crowd-lifting “Jack Straw”, and this time the energy stayed high as the band transitioned into “The Other One”. “Days Between” marked the lone ballad of the set, ultimately giving way to a trio of cheerful Deadhead favorites, “Sugar Magnolia”, “Sunshine Daydream”, and “Shakedown Street”, to close the set.
Weir and Wolf Bros returned to the stage to play an encore without the orchestra, though the songs they picked, the epic “Weather Report Suite” and “Let It Grow”, would certainly lend themselves to symphonic orchestration.
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Bob Weir & Wolf Bros return to Atlanta Symphony Hall tonight, Sunday, February 19th, for their third and final performance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The band will then continue to traverse the South sans symphony, with shows in Memphis (2/21), Asheville (2/22), Chattanooga (2/24), and Louisville (2/25). For a full list of upcoming Wolf Bros tour dates, head here.
Setlist: Bob Weir & Wolf Bros | Atlanta Symphony Hall | Atlanta, GA | 2/18/23
Set 1: Overture, Touch of Grey, Lost Sailor, Saint of Circumstance, Morning Dew (Bonnie Dobson)
Set 2: Jack Straw, The Other One, Days Between, Sugar Magnolia, Sunshine Daydream, Shakedown Street
Encore: Weather Report Suite, Let It Grow
–Encores played without symphony.