Photo by Chris Rushin

Gov’t Mule closed out the West Coast leg of its By A Thread Tour over the weekend in San Francisco. The group performed shows at the Warfield on both Friday and Saturday, drawing in guest musicians each night. Jackie Greene proved to be the stalwart, appearing each evening at the close of set one, first on “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” and “Loser” (Friday) and then “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Sugaree” (Saturday). Friday also saw Widespread Panic bassist (and onetime touring member of the Mule) Dave Schools on hand for a few songs, appearing with Eric McFadden on “Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys” at the start of set two and then an encore run with Greene that included “Find The Cost Of Freedom,” “Ohio,” “After Midnight,” “Get Out My Life Woman” and “That’s What Love Will Make You Do.” Lettuce members Eric Krasno, Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis also sat in on the final two songs.

On Saturday, beyond Greene’s appearance, the night also featured a sit-in by Steve Winwood guitarist Jose Neto during a version of “Empty Pages.” Grace Potter then stepped out for a take on the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses.” She later returned for a “Southern Man” encore that also featured Greene, who had preceded her onstage during “Morning Dew.”

Next up for Gov’t Mule
is Wednesday’s By A Thread listening party at Brooklyn Bowl.