Bob Weir & Wolf Bros Welcome Tal Wilkenfeld & Cover Donovan In Santa Barbara
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros continued their inaugural tour on Saturday with a gig at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. Last night the trio delivered an unexpected cover of Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman” and was joined Australian musician Tal Wilkenfeld for a pair of tunes.
The three-piece opened up the night with two Weir-sung classics from his Grateful Dead days, “Hell In A Bucket” and Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.” After a take on “Tennesee Jed” the band would look to RatDog’s catalog for “Even So” and “October Queen.” The first of three Bob Dylan songs followed as they offered up “When I Paint My Masterpiece.” The traditional folk tune “Peggy-O” and “Deal” brought the first set of the night to a close.
The blues standard “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” got the second frame going. Weir then surprised everyone by unveiling his take on Donovan’s 1966 No. 1 hit “Sunshine Superman.” The iconic psychedelic-folk tune was followed by the Dead’s quintessential tune from that era, “Dark Star.” Last night version found the trio delivering the song’s first verse before segueing into “Two Djinn” before returning back for the second verse. Wilkenfeld was welcomed next, strapping on a bass for Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower.” Political rocker “Throwing Stones,” latter-day Dead chestnut “Days Between” and Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” brought the stanza to a close. Bob Weir & Wolf Bros were joined by Wilkenfeld during their encore as they delivered one more Dylan song, this time serving up “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.” Watch fan-shot video from last night below: