[UPDATED] George Porter Jr. Joins Bob Weir & The Campfire Band In New Orleans

Update

  • Apr 19, 2017 • 10:45 am PDT

    An audience recording of Tuesday night’s show has surfaced and can be streamed below.

Words & Images by: Wesley Hodges

Bob Weir & The Campfire Band :: 04.18.17
Saenger Theatre :: New Orleans, LA

Following Sunday’s performance at ACL Live, Bob Weir‘s Campfire Tour continued at the Saenger Theatre on Canal Street on the edge of the French Quarter. Weir was backed by The Campfire Band featuring Aaron Dessner, Bryan Devendorf and Scott Devendorf of The National along with Jon Shaw, Josh Kaufman and Steve Kimock.

The Grateful Dead guitarist took the stage solo to start the festivities, opening up with a cover of “Walkin’ Blues” and the pairing of “The Music Never Stopped” > “Standing On Shaky Ground.” Set one’s video backdrop featured pastoral imagery of mountains, fields, crackling fires, and the like to compliment the country-themed lyricism of the set. Weir’s final acoustic offering was the title track to his 2016 LP Blue Mountain. Weir’s abundantly talented band joined for “Cottonwood Lullaby,” “Ghost Towns,” “Darkest Hour,” “Gallop On The Run,” traditional Dead standard “Jack-A-Roe” and “Only A River.” A notably gorgeous version of “Lay My Lily Down” closed out the first frame.

Set two opened up and turned toward a plugged-in focus on the Grateful Dead catalog and offered up more exploratory takes on the classics, with several specific subtle (and not-so-subtle) nods to the city of New Orleans. Leading off with Kris Kristofferson’s “Me & Bobby McGee” (“Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained / And rode us all the way to New Orleans”), “Friend Of The Devil,” and a segment that included “Truckin'” (“busted down on Bourbon Street”) > “The Other One Jam” > “Passenger.”

After a momentary breather, The Meters bassist and New Orleans musical ambassador George Porter Jr. took to the stage for “Sugaree” and “Bird Song” trading verses with Weir and offering fans a cherished memory to take home. The improvisational highlight of the show would come next, as Kimock led the band through a roaring “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” segment to end the set before a delightful and tender “Peggy-O” (an all-time favorite tune of this writer, so thanks for that) served as the encore before the band bowed and bid goodnight to the Big Easy crowd from center stage.

Photo Gallery

Full Show Audio (Taped by Nolamule)

Videos (Captured by DylanJames67)

[The Music Never Stopped]

[Ghost Towns]

[Jack-A-Roe]

Setlist

Set One: Walkin’ Blues*, The Music Never Stopped* > Standing On Shaky Ground* > The Music Never Stopped*, Blue Mountain*, Cottonwood Lullaby, Ghost Towns, Darkest Hour, Gallop On The Run, Jack-A-Roe, Only A River, Lay My Lily Down

Set Two: Me & Bobby McGee, Friend Of The Devil, Truckin’ > The Other One Jam > Passenger, Sugaree**, Bird Song**, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider

Encore: Peggy-O

* Weir solo

** with George Porter Jr. on bass

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