On Friday night Midnight North played a hometown headlining show at the Great American Music Hall. Prior to the gig historic venue on O’Farrell Street in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco the band had announced that it would be joined by a number of special guests throughout the night, revealing that both Phil Lesh and Bob Weir would sit in with them among others.
Midnight North opened the night up a number selection from their most recent studio album Under The Lights, with takes on “One Night Stand,” “Everyday,” “Playing a Poor Hand Well” and “Echoes.” Midway through the set the Americana jam act welcomed their first guests of the night as Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis and Ryan Dempsey emerged to lead the ensemble through a take on “Lost In The Cold” from their 2017 release PLUMP (Chapter 1 & 2). Later in the set former Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir took to the stage for a rendition of “Only A River” from his collection of cowboy tunes Blue Mountain. Next up Phil Lesh joined the augmented act, alongside Bobby for a string of Dead tunes starting with the Weir/Barlow composition “The Music Never Stopped” and continued with takes on “Playing In The Band” and “Franklin’s Tower” to close out the set.
The band kicked off their second set with “Roamin'” from their 2017 release and “Miss M” from their debut album End Of The Night. A cover of John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery” followed with Savoulidis and Dempsey returning to for a take on Twiddle’s “When It Rains It Pours” from their 2011 album Somewhere On the Mountain. Guitarist Ross James joined in on the fun two songs later singing lead on a cover of The Band’s “The Shape I’m Now,” which also featured some fantastic work from The Northbound Horns. Midnight North’s “San Francisco Rain” followed with Lesh and Savoulidis returning to the stage for takes on the Dead’s “Mr. Charlie” and their own “Greene County,” while also helping them close out the night with “Under The Lights.”
Watch fan-shot video of the entire show captured by DeadHeadLand and see the full setlist below:
Set I: One Night Stand > Everyday, Playing a Poor Hand Well, Lucky One, Lost In The Cold, Echoes, Only A River, Music Never Stopped, Playing In The Band, Franklin’s Tower
Set II: Roamin’, Miss M, Angel From Montgomery, When It Rains It Pours, The Highway Song, The Shape I’m In, San Francisco Rain, Mr. Charlie, Greene County
Encore: Under the Lights
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