Dear Jerry producer Keith Wortman shared some details about this week’s sold out Dear Jerry concert on last night’s episode of Tales from the Golden Road. Wortman noted that the event will last about four hours and will begin promptly at 7pm. The show will feature two sets, with the first set showcasing full bands like Widespread Panic and Railroad Earth, and the second set focusing on individual artists. Those artists will be backed by a house band that includes guitarists Audley Freed and Buddy Miller, drummer Raymond Weber, keyboardist Matt Rollings, bassist Don Was and backing vocalists the McCrary Sisters. Wortman also confirmed that, “for the most part,” each artist will be doing one song, though there will be “a handful of folks doing more than one song, and yes, there’ll be some very unique sit-ins and duets and collaborations throughout the night.”
Additionally, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann—who will be at the Dear Jerry show with his Billy & The Kids project—told the Washington Post that he would be interested in playing with his old bandmates at the concert, saying, “I would gladly share the stage with Phil and Mickey and Bob if that opportunity arises. I won’t even know until we start rehearsing for that show coming up but that’s the thing I do: I like playing music.”
Dear Jerry will take place at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD this Thursday, May 14. The show will feature appearances by Mickey Hart, Billy & The Kids, Bob Weir, Allen Toussaint, Bruce Hornsby, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Eric Church, Grace Potter, Greensky Bluegrass, Jimmy Cliff, Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, moe., O.A.R., Peter Frampton, Railroad Earth, the Disco Biscuits, Trampled by Turtles, Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band and Communion featuring Phil Lesh, Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford and Jason Crosby.