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Published: 2013/03/04

The RatDog Quartet Debuts Plus 1

Photo via Jason Crosby’s Facebook page

Bob Weir introduced his new RatDog Quartet at Mill Valley, CA’s Sweetwater Music Hall last night. After Jonathan Wilson’s opening set and an acoustic segment of his own, Weir returned with longtime RatDog drummer Jay Lane, RatDog bassist Robin Sylvester and new guitarist of choice Wilson for the Quartet’s debut appearance. The show took place at the end of Weir and Wilson’s short duo run.

The RatDog Quartet opened their set with a freeform jam which led into “Truckin.” After a series of songs associated with the Grateful Dead, the Quartet offered a suite of RatDog numbers that moved from “Even So” into “October Queen” and “The Deep End,” before moving back to the Dead’s catalog for “Bird Song.” Then, the RatDog Quartet closed their with The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence,” the roots classic “Standing on Shakey Ground” and the lone encore of Dead’s “Ripple.”

Fiddler Jason Crosby, who has performed with Weir numerous times over the past few weeks, also sat in for a chunk of the evening. He emerged during Weir’s solo set for “Me and My Uncle” and returned during RatDog’s set for “Catfish John.” Crosby remained onstage for the rest of the evening, including “Even So,” “October Queen,” “The Deep End,” “Bird Song,” “Dear Prudence,” “Shakey Ground” and “Ripple.”

Another fiddler joined Weir earlier this weekend as well. While performing with Wilson at Ventura, CA’s Majestic Ventura Theater, Phil Salazar sat in during Weir’s solo set for “Dark Hollow,” “On the Road Again” and “Mexicali Blues.”

The RatDog Quartet will return to Sweetwater this evening.

Here’s alook at last night’s setlist via

(Bob Weir) Easy to Slip > Money for Gasoline, The Winners, Peggy-O, Me and My Uncle*, Most of the Time, Corrina

(RatDog Quarter) Jam > Truckin > West L.A. Fadeaway, Minglewood Blues, Catfish John*, Even So* > October Queen* > The Deep End* > Bird Song*, Dear Prudence*, Shakey Ground*

E: Ripple*

*w/ Jason Crosby (fiddle)


There are 6 comments associated with this post

jim March 4, 2013, 12:14:39

no chimenti = not ratdog for this fella!

Luke March 4, 2013, 13:50:13

What really makes their sound unique is Wasserman

Doug R. March 4, 2013, 14:17:05

No Mark Karan? It ain’t RATDOG then iMho.

Rob g March 4, 2013, 16:51:37

And it’s ratdog quartet, new name means room for a new name . And I’ve seen Jonathan a couple times at furthur and he’s a Hugh step forward for ratdog. Anyone that was there for Marc Karen is deaf.

Ultimatelywhogivesafuck March 4, 2013, 17:19:42

Its RATCAT..Wasserman unique?huh?ur thinkin scaring the children dude..Robin is THE MAN

beachgal March 4, 2013, 19:09:41

Agree with Rob g..Bobby needs to merge on with his group – and lots of it is also passing on how to in the tradition of. If new incoming did not get to play, 30 more yrs there would not be many who could play the music on. Jonathan Wilson is a huge talent! He has taken to the tunes so fast, mastered them and just adds so much of his own to them that works bonus over-time but never detracts for the purists. If you are in LA – JW is helped re-vamp the Laurel Cyn music scene bringing it back to a whole new time with a mix of old and new alike. And thanks to JW, Bobby was finally introduced and played with Jackson Browne at a great end of last yr gig at the Troubadour.

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