Last night kicked off the Los Muertos Con Queso destination concert event in Riviera Maya, Mexico, bringing together the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann and Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools, along with keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and guitarist Tom Hamilton, for a collaboration that featured plenty of Dead favorites along with a special tribute to the Butch Trucks, who had just passed away at the age of 69.
The first set stuck mostly to Dead staples, including an opening run of “Uncle John’s Band” into the Mexico-in-January-appropriate “Here Comes Sunshine,” along with “West L.A. Fadeaway” and a closer of “Crazy Fingers” into “Jack Straw.”
Set number two began in similar fashion, with three favorites in a row, “China Cat Sunflower,” “I Know You Rider” and “Tennessee Jed” before the group dug into The Allman Brothers Band classic “Mountain Jam” in honor of the late ABB founding drummer Trucks. The tune came out of a “Drums” jam to punctuate the tribute and also led into a telling cover of “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” before the show rounded out on a lighter note with “Sugar Magnolia” and an encore of “Liberty” and “U.S. Blues.”
See the full setlist below, as it appears in our Box Scores section. The Muertos Con Queso collaboration continues tonight withe the second of four nights in Riviera Maya.
Bob Weir and Billy Kreutzmann with Jeff Chimenti, Dave Schools, and Tom Hamilton
Los Muertos Con Queso Riviera Maya, Mexico
Set I: Uncle John’s Band > Here Comes Sunshine, West L.A. Fadeaway, Little Red Rooster, Crazy Fingers > Jack Straw
Set II: China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Tennessee Jed, Mountain Jam > Death Don’t Have No Mercy > Sugar Magnolia
Enc: Liberty, U.S. Blues