A diverse cast of musicians will take part in a 70th birthday tribute to Jerry Garcia at Bob Weir’s San Rafael, CA TRI Studios on August 3.
Billed as Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia’s 70th Birthday, the evening will feature a one-time only band that shows Garcia’s influence on modern music. In addition to Bob Weir, confirmed participants include: Phish bassist Mike Gordon, Chris Robinson Brotherhood guitarist Neal Casal, RatDog/Furthur keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, indie-approved singer/songwriter Cass McCombs, Furthur/Duo drummer Joe Russo, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, singer/songwriter Harper Simon and songwriter/guitarist/producer Jonathan Wilson. Additional acts are expected to join the jam session. Weir covered McCombs with members of The National and others at a recent TRI HeadCount benefit.
The event will also include exclusive interviews with Garcia’s peers, including Carlos Santana. David Crosby’s moving tribute, “’Cause I’m Missing Him Tonight,” penned specifically for the occasion, will be read during the show. Actor Luke Wilson ( The Royal Tennenbaums, Old School, Anchorman) will take a moment away from his day job to emcee the event. The entire event will be streamed online.