Pro-Shot Video: Dead & Company Performs ‘I Know You Rider’ With Michael Franti & Spearhead


Dead & Company recently held the inaugural Playing In The Sand destination concert event at The Barceló Maya in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Professionally shot video footage of Michael Franti & Spearhead joining D&C on “I Know You Rider” has been shared by Relix.

Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti performed three shows over the course of the four nights of Playing In The Sand. Franti and Spearhead were in Mexico to play the event on the night Dead & Company was off.

Franti and his band mates emerged during the third song of the second set of the second Dead & Company show in Mexico. Following takes on “Viola Lee Blues” and “China Cat Sunflower,” the guests arrived to augment the traditional Dead staple “I Know You Rider.” Franti helped out on vocals, altering the lyrics to reference the location.

“It’s honestly one of the highlights of my life in music, and I’ve been making music now for 30 years,” Franti told Relix. “To play with those guys and to be in that circle of life that you’re surrounded by when they’re all jamming up there, it’s something really special. Like being with the Dream Team and getting to go out there and practice with them or something. To me it was like that.”

Watch Dead & Company with Michael Franti and members of Spearhead via and Relix below: