Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge hosted an Oteil & Friends show on Tuesday night at Brooklyn Bowl. The New York City audience and those watching a free webcast were treated to two sets that saw the ensemble mixing songs from the Grateful Dead’s repertoire with other choice selections.
Burbridge’s “Friends” for the evening’s performance included Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Melvin Seals, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Scott Metzger and former Dark Star Orchestra/Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik, RatDog/Furthur/Primus drummer Jay Lane, djembe player Weedie Braimah and vocalist Alfreda Gerald. The opening set began with Gerald leading the group on the title track to Burbridge’s 2017 solo album Water In The Desert. Oteil then led a take on Dead staple “Deep Elem Blues,” followed by The Allman Brothers Band’s “Leave My Blues At Home.” John K then sang lead on the Dead’s “Reuben & Cerise” and later fronted the collective on his “What’s Become Of Mary.” The first set closed with Gerald taking the band through the blues classics “It Hurts Me Too” and “Piece of My Heart.”
A nicely jammed “Eyes Of The World” opened set two and segued from the Dead into the funk of The Isley Brothers favorite “It’s Your Thing.” Next came John K leading “Scarlet Begonias” and “Sugaree,” the latter of which transitioned into The Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There.” Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue” saw the group stretching out again before Oteil stepped up to sing a tender “So Many Roads.” The Band’s “The Weight,” Garcia’s “Run For The Roses” and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” rounded out the night’s performance.
Relix and Brooklyn Bowl provided a free webcast directed by Relix video director Brian Stollery of Tuesday’s show. Watch the Oteil & Friends concert below:
Set One: Water In the Desert, Deep Elem Blues, Leave My Blues At Home, Reuben & Cerise, If I Had the World To Give, What’s Become of Mary, It Hurts Me Too, Piece Of My Heart
Set Two: Eyes Of the World > It’s You Thing, Scarlet Begonias > Sugaree > I’ll Take You There, Tangled Up In Blue, So Many Roads, The Weight, Run For the Roses, Proud Mary