The Grateful Dead community celebrated what would have been Jerry Garcia‘s birthday earlier this week. On Friday night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, the celebration peaked with a Bob Weir-led special tribute to Garcia. The evening, simply dubbed “Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert,” featured performances by both Weir’s Campfire Band and The Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Band, a special collaboration featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, and Gloria Jones of Jerry Garcia Band as well as Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead; American Babies), Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), and a surprise appearance from John Mayer. The evening begun with the Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Acoustic Band, which featured Kenny Kosek, Sandy Rothman, Anders Osborne, Travis Book and Chris Pandolfi from The Infamous Stringdusters. With all that talent on the stage, perhaps the biggest stars were the collection of Jerry Garcia’s guitars, including his Wolf, Tiger, Rosebud, and two Travis Bean axes that were present.
The evening was a strict dedication to Jerry Garcia, with Grateful Dead and JGB tunes galore, along with some favorited covers. Each set featured a varying array of classics, showed off by an eclectic mix of musicians with either a deep connection to Garcia, or a close association to his music.
Check out these video highlights below, courtesy of YouTube user Kyle Isaac:
Bob Weir & The Campfire Band, “Friend of the Devil” into “Brokedown Palace” with John Mayer and Steve Kimock
Bob Weir & The Campfire Band “Althea” with John Mayer and Steve Kimock
Jerry Garcia Band “Deal” featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, Gloria Jones, Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton and Duane Trucks with special guest John Mayer
Jerry Garcia Band “Tangled Up In Blue” featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, Gloria Jones, Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton and Duane Trucks
Jerry Garcia Band “Senor” featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, Gloria Jones, Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton and Duane Trucks with special guest Bob Weir
See the setlist recap below, courtesy of Ratdog.org.
Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Acoustic Band
Set: Deep Elem Blues, ??, I’ve Been All Around This World, Friend of the Devil, Two Soldiers, If I Lose, Trouble In Mind, Black Muddy River, Short Life of Trouble
Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Band
Set: How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) > The Harder They Come, Senor (w/Bob Weir guitar/vocals), Waiting For A Miracle, Cats Down Under the Stars, Tangled Up In Blue, Reuben and Cerise, Sisters and Brothers, Gomorrah, Dear Prudence, Deal*
Bob Weir & the Campfire Band
Set: Loose Lucy (Solo), Peggy-O (Solo), Only A River (Solo), Althea*, Brown-Eyed Women*, Tennessee Jed*, Bird Song*> Dark Star*> Bird Song*, Eyes of the World**, Morning Dew*, I Know You Rider*
Encore: Friend of the Devil*, Brokedown Palace*
*With John Mayer / ** With John Mayer and Oteil Burbridge