Warren Haynes was back in his hometown of Asheville, NC over the weekend, where the guitarist welcomed fans to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium for two nights of his “Dreams & Songs: A Symphonic Journey” live collaboration alongside the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, in addition to keyboardist John Medeski, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and drummer Jeff Sipe. Just as in the project’s debut on Saturday, Sunday’s performance also featured previously-announced sit-ins from singers Jasmine Muhammad and Edwin McCain, and notable jazz saxophonist Greg Osby.
The weekend’s worth of performances from Haynes and company allowed the guitarist to approach the music with more of “a symphonic take on his classic, career-spanning material.” That was the case on Sunday when Haynes, the orchestra, and their backing band for the night all opened the first half of the show with the show’s eponymous tune out of the Gov’t Mule songbook, “Dreams & Songs”, with help from Muhammad and McCain. The song transitioned into the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Dreams” with Greg Osby coming out to the stage to join in on the fun. Next came a cover of Gregg Allman‘s “Just Another Rider” with Muhammad and McCain back on stage, followed by “Broken Promised Land”. Muhammad and McCain stayed on to help perform “Banks Of The Deep End” and The Band‘s “It Makes No Difference” before they were again replaced by Osby for a performance of “Spots Of Time” from Haynes’ 2015 Ashes & Dust LP.
The first half of the show closed with some Grateful Dead, as “Terrapin Station” dipped into “Slipknot!” before returning to “Terrapin” to send the audience into set break.
Fans can revisit a portion of the show’s opening number in the fan-shot video below.
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The second half the show saw all the musicians take the stage with more Gov’t Mule material beginning with “Raven Black Night”, which continued into a portion of “Silent Scream” before returning to “Raven Black Night”. They continued with “Thorazine Shuffle” before turning back to the Dead catalog for two songs with “Shakedown Street” (featuring Muhammad and McCain) followed by “Black Peter” with (featuring Osby).
Fans can check out the video of the ensemble performing “Black Peter” recorded from the audience last night.
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The set continued with the second Allman Brothers Band cover of the night in “Instrumental Illness”, followed by a rendition of U2‘s “One”, and then back to ABB’s catalog for “Whipping Post” to close the second half of the show.
The encore saw the band revisit “Dreams & Songs” with Muhammad and McCain, before the entire symphony left the stage to allow the band to turn to a blues-driven direction for “Turn On Your Lovelight” into “Smokestack Lightning” and back to “Love Light” with Greg Osby. Osby remained onstage to help the ensemble on Little Feat‘s “Spanish Moon”, Bob Dylan‘s “Tough Mama” and ABB’s beloved love ballad, “Melissa”, with the final tune of the evening also dipping into “Mountain Jam” before returning to close with the smooth melodies of “Melissa”.
Haynes is back in action for a scheduled performance with Gov’t Mule in Vail, CO on April 12th, followed by a run of shows across the U.S. throughout April and into May before leaving of a tour of the U.K. and Europe starting on May 27th. For a full list of Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.
Setlist: Warren Haynes Presents: Dreams & Songs A Symphonic Journey | Thomas Wolfe Auditorium | Asheville, NC | 3/17/2019
Set One: Dreams & Songs Pt. 1^ > Dreams*, Just Another Rider^ (Gregg Allman cover), Broken Promised Land^, Banks Of The Deep End^, It Makes No Difference^ (The Band cover), Spots Of Time* > Terrapin Station^ (Grateful Dead cover) > Slipknot!^ (Grateful Dead cover) > Terrapin Station^
Set Two: Raven Black Night > Silent Scream (Excerpt) > Raven Black Night, Thorazine Shuffle, Shakedown Street^ (Grateful Dead cover), Black Peter^* (Grateful Dead cover) , Instrumental Illness* (Allman Brothers Band cover), One (U2 cover), Whipping Post (Allman Brothers Band cover)
Encore: Dreams & Songs Pt. 2^, Turn On Your Lovelight* (Bobby Bland cover) > Smokestack Lightning* (Howlin’ Wolf cover) > Turn On Your Lovelight*, Spanish Moon* (Little Feat cover) > Tough Mama* (Bob Dylan cover), Melissa* (Allman Brothers Band cover) > Mountain Jam* > Melissa*
^ w/ Jasmine Muhammad and Edwin McCain
* w/ Greg Osby