After numerous memorable sit-ins and even a surprising attempt at his own “couch tour” throughout the weekend, it was finally Bob Weir‘s turn to take command of the rotating stage at LOCKN’ Festival as the four-day festival came to a close with a two-set performance from Bob Weir and Wolf Bros on Sunday evening.
The trio comprised of Weir (guitar), Don Was (bass), and a dreadlocked Jay Lane (drums) began their two-set headlining performance with a pair of older Dead setlist staples in “Jack Straw” and the fan-favorite tribute to Weir’s old beatnik roommate in “Cassidy”. The show continued with “Only A River”, “Peggy-O”, “Friend of the Devil”, and “Loser” with Weir leading the way in a baggy but stylish Mexican poncho. Weir ditched the outer layer as the set began to heat up as the band then dove into “The Other One”, followed by “Throwing Stones” to send the festival into set break.
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros – “Jack Straw”, “Cassidy” – 8/25/2019
When the band returned to the stage to begin the second half of their show with a cover of “Me and Bobby McGee”, they were noticeably joined by a second guitarist in Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Susan Tedeschi, who helped play and sing on their rendition of the Kris Kristofferson original. The second set covers continued with the band going into Bob Dylan‘s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and John Prine‘s “Angel From Montgomery”. Next came a cover of Jerry Garcia‘s “Sugaree”, followed by another Bob Dylan tune in “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”.
The set livened up with a take on “Turn On Your Love Light” before taking a more melancholy turn with performances of two Garcia masterpieces in “Days Between” and “Bird Song”, with the latter two featuring contributions from guest Mikaela Davis. The set came to a close with the classic combination of the Dead’s “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider”, with Davis again making an appearance on the second part of the two-song segment.
The band returned to the stage with Davis to lead the festival into the two final songs with fitting renditions of “Not Fade Away” and “Ripple”–and just like that, 2019 LOCKN’ became another memory, a music-filled relic of the days between.
Watch the band’s set two performances of “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Angel From Montgomery”, and “Sugaree” with help from Tedeschi below.
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros with Susan Tedeschi – “Me and Bobby McGee” – 8/25/2019
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros with Susan Tedeschi – “Angel From Montgomery”, “Sugaree” – 8/25/2019
— Tedeschi Trucks Band (@DerekAndSusan) August 26, 2019
Next up for Weir in the coming months is his return to the Dead & Company universe as the rock band is set to head out on a brief fall tour beginning with a Halloween performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden on October 31st. Head to the band’s website for tickets and tour info.
Setlist: Bob Weir & Wolf Bros | LOCKN’ | Arrington, VA | 8/25/2019
Set One: Jack Straw, Cassidy, Only A River, Peggy-O (Traditional Cover), Friend of the Devil, Loser, The Other One, Throwing Stones
Set Two: Me and Bobby McGee* (Kris Kristofferson cover), Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right* (Bob Dylan cover), Angel From Montgomery* (John Prine cover) > Sugaree*, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall* (Bob Dylan cover), Turn On Your Love Light* (Bobby “Blue” Bland cover), Days Between^, Bird Song^, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider^ (Traditional cover)
Encore: Not Fade Away^ (The Crickets cover), Ripple^
* w/ Susan Tedeschi
^ w/ Mikaela Davis