Dispatch returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time since 2007 over the weekend. On Friday Dr. Dog opened and on Saturday John Butler Trio lent support duties.
During both shows, Dispatch played most of the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” during their own “Bang Bang.” They also brought out the Connecticut-based Funky Dawgz Brass Band both nights for “Bats in the Belfry” and “The General.” The brass ensemble regularly performers with Dispatch’s Pete Francis. Near the start of Saturday’s set, John Butler also sat in for “Passerby.”
The trio also played a special VIP show at Port Chester, NY’s Garcia’s on Thursday. Dispatch currently has no dates scheduled.