Bill Kreutzmann Offers GD50 Miracle & Welcomes Guests In DC

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Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann was saddened by the plight of the many Deadheads who were unable to score tickets to the Fare Thee Well -Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead shows in Chicago, so he has dipped into his own allotment of tickets to help out one lucky Deadhead.

Kreutzmann took to Facebook to explain how this “miracle” will work. “I know that so many of you were shut out of Chicago. And it broke my heart to read all the accounts of everyone who didn’t get tickets. Me, I’ve been blessed with on-stage tickets to every Grateful Dead show ever. So it’s about time I spread the wealth. They let me buy a pair of tickets to our final show in Chicago. I actually paid for them. Before this dream is over, I want to experience the joy of giving someone a miracle, and I want to do it myself, in person. I will do this in Los Angeles next Tuesday, May 19th during my “Conversation with” event with my co-author, Benjy. You see, I’ll pick a random seat number from some random number picker contraption and the person in that seat will suddenly have two seats to Chicago on July 5th. Because I DO believe in miracles. Every single day.” Billy K. also mentioned he’s “working on some cool ideas” for those who can’t make it to Los Angeles.

Last night Kreutzmann brought Billy & The Kids to the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. ahead of this evening’s Dear Jerry tribute concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Billy & The Kids’ final headlining show before Fare Thee Well saw the band joined by a number of guests during the second set. moe. guitarist Al Schnier sat in for the majority of the closing stanza, while his moe. bandmate Vinnie Amico and current Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks also lent a hand for parts of the second set including a “Drums” segment within “Let It Grow.”

Watch Billy & The Kids joined by Al Schnier on “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” as shot by TimeZonerTV:

Setlist (via Chez)

Set One: Touch Of Grey, They Love Each Other, Cassidy > Uncle John’s Band, Women Are Smarter, Reuben & Cerise > Cassidy

Set Two: Cumberland Blues (w/Al Schnier) > The Wheel (w/ Al Schnier) > Let It Grow (w/ Duane Trucks and Vinnie Amico) > Drums (w/ Duane Trucks and Vinnie Amico) > Let It Grow (w/ Duane Trucks and Vinnie Amico) > He’s Gone (w/ Al Schnier, Duane Trucks and Vinnie Amico) > Deal (w/ Al Schnier, Duane Trucks and Vinnie Amico), The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (w/ Al Schnier)

Encore: Black Muddy River
Encore2: Bertha, Big Railroad Blues