While David Nelson is battling colon cancer, his David Nelson Band went through with a trip to Alaska this past weekend featuring special guest Bob Weir standing in for the group’s namesake. The DNB was joined by the Grateful Dead guitarist, as well as vocalist Katie Skene, for portions of Thursday, Friday and Saturday night shows at the Sitzmark at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska.
Each of the concerts featured the same format as the DNB took the stage for a few songs without any guests to kick off the evening. Then, Skene would lead the group before the band emptied the stage for solo Bob Weir performances. After a few solo acoustic songs from Bobby, the rest of the David Nelson Band would return to back him for the remainder of the show.
Bob Weir’s time on stage with the David Nelson Band featured a mix of songs from the Grateful Dead’s live repertoire as well as tunes from the guitarist’s recently released Blue Mountain LP. Skene emerged at various points throughout Weir’s performances to add harmony vocals.
Donations to Nelson’s medical fund can be made here.
Thursday, March 16 (Compiled by BudBoy)
Set One: Shake Rattle & Roll, Sweet Melinda, Can’t Find Way Home^, To The River^, Don’t She Look Good, Easy To Slip* (Bobby Solo), Peggy-O*, Loose Lucy*, West L.A. Fade Away*, Mexicali Blues* > Big River*, Ramble On Rose*, China Cat Sunflower* > I Know You Rider*
Set Two: Gonesville* > Friend Of The Devil*, Lay My Lily Down*, Shakedown Street* > Stella Blue* > Not Fade Away*
^ w/Katie Skene, * w/ Bob Weir
Friday, March 17 (Compiled by GaryFish)
Set One: Man Overboard (MS), (Katie Skene introduced), Rebel Craving (KS), Louis Collins (KS), Coconut Wireless, (Bob Weir takes the stage, DNLB exits), Walkin’ Blues (BW, solo acoustic), K.C. Moan (BW, solo acoustic), Only A River (BW, w/ band, BS on steel), Ghost Towns (BW, w/ band, BS on guitar), Ki-Yi Bossie (BW, w/ band, BS on steel; song cut short: “Maybe tomorrow night…”), When I Paint My Masterpiece (BW, BS on steel), Uncle John’s Band (BW, BS on guitar, KS harmony vocals)
Set Two: Scarlet Begonias (BW), New Speedway Boogie (BW) > Dark Star (BW) > A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall (BW) > Other One (BW) > Cassidy (BW), Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (BW; BS on steel)
Saturday, March 18 (Compiled by GaryFish)
Set One: Last Frontier (PS), (Katie Skene introduced), Had To Cry Today (KS), To The River (KS; BS on steel), (Weir hits the stage), Iko Iko (MS & BW trading verses), Blue Mountain (BW solo acoustic) > Loose Lucy (BW solo acoustic) > Black-Throated Wind (BW solo acoustic), Gonesville (BW w/ entire band), Lay My Lily Down (BW; KS harmony vocals), Darkest Hour (BW; BS on steel), Ki-Yi Bossie (BW; BS on steel) > Truckin’ (BW; KS harmony vocals)
Set Two: Dark Hollow (BW; BS on steel; KS harmony vocals), Deep Elem Blues (BW; KS harmony), Friend of the Devil (BW), Cold Rain and Snow (BW), They Love Each Other (BW), The Wheel (BW; BS on steel; KS harmony) > Bird Song (BW; KS harmony) > Standing on the Moon (BW) > Sugar Magnolia (BW; BS on steel; KS harmony)
Encore: Brokedown Palace (BW; BS on steel; KS harmony)
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