On the night of Jan. 20, after President Joe Biden was inaugurated earlier that day, Bob Weir & Wolf Bros were among the performers at the Presidents virtual “Clean Energy For America Inaugural Ball.” In addition to the Grateful Dead guitarist, Michael Franti, Guster’s Adam Gardner, Akon and Train performed at the event.
For their part, Weir & Wolf Bros performed two Grateful Dead cuts: “New Speedway Boogie” and “Sugar Magnolia.” “Thrilled to be a part of this moment in history!” Weir wrote via Instagram prior to the event. “We’ll be celebrating the future of clean energy with advocates, volunteers, leaders, and more.”
Speakers at the event will included Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Biden’s Energy Secretary-nominee Jennifer Granholm, as well as superstar Billie Eilish.
While Weir was undoubtedly honored to participate in the historic moment, he is no stranger to inaugural festivities. He performed at the Tennessee Ball with Rob Wasserman in 1993, as President Bill Clinton was inaugurated. He then played on the National Mall with RatDog in 1997 (the start of Clinton’s second term), as well as a ball later that night. Finally, in 2009, Weir played with The Dead (Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes and Jeff Chimenti) at President Barack Obama’s ‘Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball.’