On Saturday night, the funk gurus of Lettuce performed their second and final set at LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia. Following up their Thursday night performance, which saw them and Thursday’s headliners, Umphrey’s McGee, offer up one of the most buzzed-about transitions of the weekend, for their late-night Saturday set, Lettuce played a late-night tribute to Jerry Garcia Band with a truly all-star cast. In addition to former Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno, the funk act also welcomed out a number of special guests, including members of Dead & CompanyTedeschi Trucks Band, and more.

To open up the show, Lettuce kicked off the JGB celebration at the Relix Stage with the instrumental “Finders Keepers”, an instrumental tune written by Merl Saunders that was frequently recorded and performed by Saunders and Jerry Garcia, followed up by a take on Smokey Robinson‘s “I Second That Emotion”, led by keyboardist Nigel Hall. For their first guests of the night, Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge (who was celebrating his birthday) and Tedeschi Trucks Band keyboardist (and Oteil’s brother) Kofi Burbridge and vocalists Alecia Chakour (who formerly sang with Lettuce) and Mark Rivers joined the set for a dub-heavy rendition of Peter Tosh‘s “Stop That Train”. Opening and closing with Oteil scatting, eventually, Eric Krasno took the lead vocals on the song, highlighting his vocal abilities, which he began showing off on his debut solo album, Blood From Stone.

After Oteil and Kofi left the stage, John Mayer joined the all-star group, which was augmented by Eric Krasno, Alecia Chakour, and Mark Rivers, for a rendition of JJ Cale classic “After Midnight”, with Mayer taking the lead vocals on the tune in addition to laying a number of stand-out solos. To close out the song, Lettuce’s renowned drummer Adam Deitch charged the group forward, as Nigel Hall, Mark Rivers, and Alecia Chakour improvised and swapped solos during the song’s closing segment. For the next song, Bob Weir joined Lettuce, Mayer, Krasno, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band vocalists, offering his tribute to Jerry Garcia with a heartfelt rendition of “Sugaree”, featuring immaculate guitar work from Eric Krasno.

Up next was a rendition of Bob Dylan‘s “Tangled Up In Blue”, affectionately re-named “Tangled Up In Bloom”, given that Lettuce trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom sang the lead vocals on the song. With Bob Weir and John Mayer on deck, the augmented band made its way through “Tangled Up In Blue”, followed up by “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”, which saw Lettuce guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff  lead the vocals, and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”, with vocals led by Nigel Hall. Across these three numbers, the chemistry of the band and its new guest members was electric, marking many fans’ favorite moments of the weekend.

After the Nigel-led “How Sweet It Is”, Bob Weir left the stage, leaving Lettuce to perform its final two songs with John Mayer, Eric Krasno, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band vocalists. Up next, the group performed the title track to the classic Jerry Garcia album, Cats Under The Stars. Notably, keeping in the theme of various Lettuce members taking the lead on vocals, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes led the song on vocals, with Krasno and Mayer laying out an energized call-and-response to end the song. To end the powerful, fan-favorite set, Lettuce and friends performed a triumphant rendition of “They Love Each Other”.

You can watch the full guest-filled Lettuce tribute to Jerry Garcia Band at LOCKN’ on August 25th, 2018, below. You can also check out audio of the set, courtesy of Randy Bayers and Funk It, and a gallery of photos from yesterday’s festivities below, courtesy of Dave Vann.

[Video: Something Like Mayer]

[Audio: Randy Bayers and Funk It]

Setlist: Lettuce with Eric Krasno | LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/25/2018

Set: Finders Keepers, I Second That Emotion, Stop That Train$*+, After Midnight*#, Sugaree*#%, Tangled Up In Blue*#%, That’s What Love Will Make You Do*#%, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)*#%, Cats Under The Stars*#, They Love Each Other*#

$ with bassist Oteil Burbridge | + keyboardist Kofi Burbridge | * vocalist Alecia Chakour and vocalist Mark Rivers | # with John Mayer | % with Bob Weir


For fans of Lettuce, don’t miss them on September 29th at the fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive, where they will participate and lead several super jams, including the Adam Deitch Quartet (feat. Wil Blades, Ryan Zoidis, Eric “Benny” Boom); Baby Jesus Peasant Party (feat. Jesus Coomes, Tyler Coomes, Borahm Lee, Ryan Zoidis, Khris Royal); and more for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn BowlMusic Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade.

Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.