The Dead Perform At Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball In 2009


Eight years ago today Illinois Senator Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President Of The United States Of America. The night of January 20, 2009 featured several traditional Regional Inaugural Balls, including one that saw a performance by The Dead.

Sporting tuxedos, “Core Four” surviving Grateful Dead members guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, along with guitarist Warren Haynes and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti solidified The Dead lineup that performed at the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The set was happily interrupted by Vice President Joe Biden as well as President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama who shared a dance together.

Weir led a celebratory “Dancing In The Streets” followed by extended renditions of Grateful Dead classics “Uncle John’s Band,” “Sugar Magnolia” and “Eyes Of The World.” The stage was then turned over to the Veep who gave short speech with his wife Dr. Jill Biden by his side. The Dead then returned to deliver a trio of GD favorites “The Wheel.” “Touch Of Grey” and “Box Of Rain.” The man of the evening, President Obama then emerged to address those in attendance and he followed his address by dancing with Michelle to recording on the PA.

Here’s The Dead’s set from DC eight years ago today:

Here are a couple of short bonus audience-shot videos of the performance:

[Eyes Of The World | Captured by bskesq]

[Uncle John’s Band | Captured by laurabel25]

And here’s Bobby talking about how a rally for Obama in 2008 served as catalyst for getting the Core Four surviving members of the Grateful Dead to perform together:


Set: Dancing In The Streets, Uncle John’s Band, Sugar Magnolia, Eyes Of The World, (Vice President Biden Speech), The Wheel, Touch Of Grey, Box Of Rain, (President Obama Speech & Dance)