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Published: 2017/08/05

John Mayer Joins Bob Weir, Steve Kimock and More at Red Rocks’ Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Tribute

Last night, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre hosted a special tribute to Jerry Garcia in celebration of what would have been the late Grateful Dead guitarist’s 75th birthday on August 1. The evening was headlined by Bob Weir and his Campfire Band, along with special guest Steve Kimock, and the collective also welcomed out a surprise guest in John Mayer for most of their set.

Weir opened up the performance with a solo acoustic rendition of “Loose Lucy” before he was joined by Kimock and the Campfire Band, which consists of Josh Kaufman, who produced Weir’s last solo effort Blue Mountain, Jon Shaw and a rhythm section of The National’s Scott and Bryan Devendorf.

After a couple songs, Weir welcomed out his Dead & Company bandmate Mayer, who led the way on “Althea,” the song he has previously said initially got him into the music of the Dead. The rest of the set was packed with favorites like “Brown-Eyed Women,” “Tennesee Jed,” “Dark Star,” “Eyes of the World” and “I Know You Rider,” while the encore featured a two-song run of “Friend of the Devil” and “Brokedown Palace.”

See the full setlist below and watch some video highlights courtesy of Weir’s Facebook and Deadheadland.

Mayer and Weir also each took turns sitting in with the Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Band, one of the two special JGB tributes assembled for the event, earlier in the night. The group consisted of longtime Garcia collaborators Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch and Gloria Jones as well as Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton and Duane Trucks. Weir joined the collective for “Señor,” while Mayer sat in for “Deal.” Watch a video of the latter performance below.

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Bob Weir & the Campfire Band with Steve Kimock
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

Loose Lucy*#, Peggy-O#, Only A River, Althea+, Brown-Eyed Women+, Tennessee Jed+, Bird Song+ > Dark Star+ > Bird Song+ > Eyes Of The World+ > Morning Dew+, I Know You Rider+

Enc: Friend Of The Devil+ > Brokedown Palace+

Notes: *solo #acoustic
+w/ John Mayer


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