Bob Weir & Wolf Bros returned to their home away from home for the week at The Capitol Theatre on Wednesday for their second of four shows.
The Grateful Dead guitarist and his Bros Don Was (bass), Jeff Chimenti (keys), and Jay Lane (drums) alongside Barry Sless (pedal steel guitar) and The Wolf Pack horn/string section of Brian Switzer (trumpet), Adam Theis (trombone), Sheldon Brown (saxophone), Mads Tolling (violin), and Alex Kelly (cello) opened the show with a reading of “Greatest Story Ever Told”. Lane then began pounding out the familiar rhythm that begs the question: “Man Smart (Woman Smarter)” or “Iko Iko”? Sugar Boy and His Cane Cutters‘ New Orleans anthem proved the answer, with the Crescent City classic connecting the bayou to “Only a River”, with Weir taking up an acoustic guitar for the Blue Mountain original.
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros – “Only a River” [Pro-Shot] – 2/8/23
Weir hung onto his acoustic for the campfire singalong “Friend of the Devil” before plugging back in for “Althea”. The shuttering rhythm of The Beatles‘ “Come Together” then rolled into view, with Bob Weir & Wolf Bros debuting the cover at the tour opener earlier this month in South Carolina. Prior to the February 2nd show in North Charleston, Weir had not performed the Abbey Road staple since 2017.
This rendition of “Come Together” heard The Wolf Pack switch over to Revolver by peppering in teases of “Elanor Rigby” during the jam. Up next came the improvisational centerpiece of the first frame, with an expansive “Weather Report Suite” > “Let It Grow” clocking in at over 23 minutes to close the set.
Back for more, the action resumed with “Ramble On Rose” before a slow, slinky “Truckin'” teed up a continuous stream of music that would flow through the majority of the second set. Though The Capitol Theatre was dry, Bobby must have seen some dark clouds during setbreak and gave his forecast “Looks Like Rain”.
The torrential downpour was averted with a segue into “Playing in the Band”, setting up the time-tested second set movement through “Uncle John’s Band” > “Supplication” > “Uncle John’s Band” and finally a reprise of “Playing in the Band”. Out of the smoldering improvisational ashes, Weir found beauty in the scorched earth with a closing rendition of “Morning Dew”. Unlike night one, Bobby made sure to earmark enough time for an encore, finishing out the show with “Black Muddy River”.
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Bob Weir & Wolf Bros have a day off before two sold-out shows back at The Capitol Theatre on Friday and Saturday. Fans can join the waitlist for tickets here. Revisit Live For Live Music‘s coverage of Tuesday’s run opener.
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros ft. The Wolf Pack – “Greatest Story Ever Told”, “Iko Iko” (Sugar Boy and His Cane Cutters) [Pro-Shot] – 2/8/23
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros ft. The Wolf Pack – “Ramble on Rose”, “Truckin'” [Pro-Shot] – 2/8/23
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros ft. The Wolf Pack – The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY – 2/8/23 – Full Audio
[Audio: Eric Lugassy]
Setlist: Bob Weir & Wolf Bros | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 2/8/23
Set One: Greatest Story Ever Told, Iko Iko (Sugar Boy and His Cane Cutters), Friend of the Devil, Only A River, Althea, Come Together (The Beatles) , Weather Report Suite > Let It Grow
Set Two: Ramble On Rose, Truckin’ > Looks Like Rain > Playing in the Band > Uncle John’s Band > Supplication > Uncle John’s Band > Playing in the Band, Morning Dew (Bonnie Dobson)
Encore: Black Muddy River
 w/ “Elanor Rigby” quotes by The Wolf Pack