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Published: 2013/04/24

Ron Holloway and Members of The Revivalists Sit in with Gov’t Mule, Band Pays Tribute to Richie Havens

Gov’t Mule’s sit in streak continued last night at Norfolk, VA’s The NorVA. For the third show in a row, the group brought out a few different guests throughout the night. So far the guest-friendly band has welcomed a few extra players every night this run.

The band opened the night with their cover of Richie Havens’ signature “Freedom.” Mule debuted the song at New York’s Beacon Theater on December 31, 2009. As previously reported, the iconic folk singer passed away on Monday at age 72 (Havens performed at Warren Haynes’ Mountain Jam in 2009).

Later in the night, Gov’t Mule welcomed area-resident and Warren Haynes Band saxophonist Ron Holloway for spirited takes on Bob Marley’s “Lively Up Yourself” and “Soulshine.” Holloway returned partway through Gov’t Mule’s second set for “Red Clay” and “I Believe To My Soul.” Mule’s second set also featured their first cover of Steely Dan’s “Don’t Take Me Alive.”

At the end of the night, Holloway emerged one final time with saxophonist Rob Ingraham and trumpeter Mike Girardot—both of whom are members of opening act The Revivalists—for the two-song encore of “John The Revelator” and “Going Out West.”

Gov’t Mule will perform at Wilmington, NC’s Greenfield Amphitheatre this evening.

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