Oteil Burbridge Trio wrapped their three-night weekend run at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Vail, CO on Saturday, where Oteil Burbridge explored his way through the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers Band songbooks and beyond with help from the night’s guests in Chris Pandolfi (The Infamous Stringdusters) and Joey Porter (The Motet).
Following the band’s first two nights of the weekend run which has welcomed a limited amount of fans at each performance, the band’s Saturday show opened with a grooving cover of Jaco Pastorius‘ “Ocus Pocus”, and quickly continued with an Oteil-led performance of Jerry Garcia‘s “They Love Each Other”.
From there, the band dove right into the Grateful Dead catalog with performances of “Dark Star”, “Cosmic Charlie”, “Believe It Or Not”, along with the classic three-song combination of “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot” > “Franklin’s Tower” with a “Terrapin Station” notably thrown into the mix during the transition of “Help > Slip”. The band then entered Allman Brothers Band territory with “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed” followed by a take on Junior Parker‘s “Mystery Train” to close the set.
The band returned to close the show with a cover of The Headhunters‘ “God Made Me Funky” in tribute to the band’s late bassist Paul Jackson, who died on March 18th.
Relive the band’s opening performances from Saturday’s show with Chris Pandolfi and Joey Porter below.
Oteil Burbridge Trio – “Ocus Pocus”, “They Love Each Other” – 3/20/21
Oteil will play two sold-out shows at the North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach next month on April 23rd-24th. Both performances will stream on Mandolin.
Scroll down to check out a full image gallery from Saturday’s performance, courtesy of photographer John-Ryan Lockman.
Setlist: Oteil Burbridge Trio | Vilar Performing Arts Center | Vail, CO | 3/20/21
Set: Ocus Pocus, They Love Each Other, Dark Star > Cosmic Charlie, Believe It Or Not, Help on the Way > Terrapin Station > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed, Mystery Train
Encore: God Made Me Funky