Sweetwater Music Hall hosted the “From California To Haiti” benefit on Saturday that included a concert honoring Bob Weir and his former RatDog band mate, the late Rob Wasserman. Weir led a lineup of musicians that included members of RatDog and others for a performance that saw a tribute to Tom Petty.
Along with the concert, Saturday’s event also saw the Mill Valley Film Festival’s premiere screening of director Don Hardy’s short-form documentary Fingerprints. “From California To Haiti” proceeds benefited Music Heals International, the Bay Area Music Project and the California Film Institute.
Weir performed with his RatDog band mates, drummer Jay Lane and bassist Robin Sylvester, along with guitarists Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz and James Nash and keyboardist Randy Emata. The ensemble performed the Grateful Dead’s “West L.A. Fadeaway” and “Bird Song” and Weir’s “Lay My Lily Down” from his 2016 solo album Blue Mountain. The set also saw a cover of Daniel Lanois’ “The Maker” and a tribute to Tom Petty with an arrangement of “Breakdown.”
Weir had played “Breakdown” the day before at a hurricane benefit concert with his Dead band mate Phil Lesh and Midnight North at Terrapin Crossroads. Watch audience-shot video from Saturday captured by NIck Dauphinais below: