Dead & Company treated Indiana fans to mid-week, Sept. 15 show at the beloved Deer Creek – now known as the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – and they were sure to serve up a memorable second set.
The show kicked off with “Feel Like A Stranger” and the bend went on to later offer two tour debuts: “If I Had The World To Give” (with bassist Oteil Burbridge on lead vocals) and Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” (led by Bob Weir).
As previously mentioned, however, the band’s second set was really the main attraction, beginning with a standout, John Mayer-led “Sugaree” jam.
From there, “Dark Star” made its first appearance of the evening, and the band worked through “St. Stephen”> “William Tell Bridge”> “The Eleven”> “Drums”> “Space” (complete with a tease of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”) before “Dark Star” emerged once again.
After that cerebral segment, the band added some lightness to the second half with a crowd-pleasing “Casey Jones.”
“Death Don’t Have No Mercy” and “Turn On You Love Light” closed the set, and the band slowed things down a bit for the encore, playing the always-emotional “Black Muddy River.”
Next up, Dead & Company will perform two shows at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Sept. 17 and 18.
Check out the setlist and clips of each set-opener below:
Dead & Company
Sept. 15, 2021
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.
Set I: Feel Like a Stranger, They Love Each Other> Me and My Uncle, Brown-Eyed Women, If I Had the World to Give> Dire Wolf, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, Big Railroad Blues
Set II: Sugaree, Dark Star> St. Stephen> William Tell Bridge> The Eleven> Drums> Space> Dark Star> Casey Jones> Death Don’t Have No Mercy, Turn On Your Love Light
Enc: Black Muddy River