Bob Weir And Wolf Bros continued their debut North American tour at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre on Friday night, in the new band’s ongoing quest to create fresh identities for the Grateful Dead live catalog. For the first night of their two-night Capitol Theatre run, Bob Weir, along with drummer Jay Lane and bassist Don Was welcomed former RatDog saxophonist Kenny Brooks for the majority of the show. The quartet worked through Grateful Dead staples, in addition to a mix of covers, highlighted by their take on The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” thrown in the middle of “Dark Star”.

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros opened with “Not Fade Away”, a rarity to find in the opening slot, before working through “Hell In A Bucket”. The trio then invited up saxophonist Kenny Brooks to assist on a cover of RatDog’s “Ashes & Glass”, as the wolf brethren loosened up and locked in with each other for some impressive improvisational interplay. With Brooks still on hand, Wolf Bros moved through a cover of “Don’t Let Go”, before returning to their original trio format for takes on “El Paso” and “Only A River” off of Weir’s 2016 Blue Mountain album. Weir invited Brooks back out to close the first set with a cover of Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster” and “Cassidy”.

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros w/ Kenny Brooks – “Ashes & Glass” > “Don’t Let Go”

[Video: Sean Roche]

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – “El Paso”

[Video: Sean Roche]

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros w/ Kenny Brooks – “Little Red Rooster”

[Video: The Zalewski Law Firm]

Following a brief set break, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros returned with Kenny Brooks to open the second set with “Weather Report Suite”. Wolf Bros and Brooks continued on their psychedelic quest, as they worked through “Dark Star” and a cover of The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows”, before crashing back into the second verse of “Dark Star”. The quartet then moved into their second RatDog cover of the night with “Easy Answers”, before returning to their trio configuration to end the second set with a hearty pairing of “New Speedway Boogie”, “Looks Like Rain”, and “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad”. Brooks returned for Wolf Bros’ encore, assisting Weir, Lane, and Was through “Brokedown Palace”.

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – “New Speedway Boogie”

[Video: Sean Roche]

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros w/ Kenny Brooks – “Brokedown Palace”

[Video: The Zalewski Law Firm]

Weir and his Wolf Bros comrades continue their fall trek tonight with the second show of their two-night Capitol Theatre run.

Setlist: Bob Weir and Wolf Bros | Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 11/9/2018

Set One: Not Fade Away > Hell In A Bucket, Ashes & Glass* > Don’t Let Go* > Ashes & Glass*, El Paso, Only a River, Little Red Rooster*, Cassidy*

Set Two: Weather Report Suite* > Let It Grow*, Dark Star* > Tomorrow Never Knows* > Dark Star*, Easy Answers*, New Speedway Boogie > Looks Like Rain, Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad

Encore: Brokedown Palace*

* w/ Kenny Brooks on saxophone