On Dec. 1, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats took the stage at The Guild Theatre in Menlo Park, Calif., to benefit The Marigold Project. After running through a 16-song main set that pulled from across the band’s nearly decade-long timeframe, the bandleader brought out San Francisco mainstay Bobby Weir, who assisted with a four-song encore, which included a bust out of Bob Dylan’s “Slow Train” and The Band’s “The Shape I’m In” during the halfway point of their farewell frame.
After kicking off the main set with “Look It Here” and “I’m on Your Side,” the band continued to perform numbers plucked from their repertoire. Throughout the set, Rateliff & The Night Sweats worked in material off their 2015 self-titled LP, Tearing at The Seams as well as tunes from their 2021 release. Finally, the main frame came to a close with fan favorite “S.O.B.” followed by the last track off The Future, “Love Don’t.”
As the band’s encore arrived, so did Weir, who took the stage and assisted Rateliff & The Night Sweats with a take on the John Phillips staple turned Grateful Dead favorite, “Me and My Uncle.” From there, they landed on a cover of Dylan’s “Slow Train,” representing a bust out for Weir. The last time the musician performed the cover was on Nov. 11, 2008, during a RatDog concert in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Next up, the group took on another cover, this time The Band’s “The Shape I’m In.” The tune, recorded for 1970’s Stage Fright album, was another bust out for Weir, who last performed the song alongside Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band on March 6, 2017. Finally, Rateliff and Weir shared the lead on the Grateful Dead original, “The Other One,” for the final song of the stacked Bay Area performance.
Fans might recall Weir recently welcomed Rateliff during his Wolf Bros tour finale at the Mission Ballroom in Denver, Colo., on Nov. 5, where they performed “Me and My Uncle” and “Tennessee Jed.” After last night’s concert, Rateliff & The Night Sweats will continue their tour on Dec. 10 with a performance at Belly Up Aspen in Aspen, Colo., where Madeline Hawthorne will join them. As for Weir, he will take a well-deserved break before resuming live shows in January when Dead & Company arrive South of the Border for their sold-out Playing in the Sand event.
Earlier this week, Weir performed alongside Ramblin’ Jack Elliott at Mill Valley, Calif.’s Sweetwater Music Hall, with Jay Lane, who assisted on drums. The Wednesday night gig brought forth five collaborative numbers, where Weir strummed and harmonized beside the American folk legend.
As a bonus, the musicians shared videos of last night’s encore. Watch below.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
The Guild Theatre – Menlo Park, Calif.
Dec. 1, 2022
Set: Look It Here, You Worry Me, I’m on Your Side, I’ll Be Damned, Survivor, Baby I Lost My Way, (But I’m Going Home), A Little Honey, Love Me Till I’m Gone, Horn Section Instrumental, Face Down in the Moment, Hey Mama, Coolin’ Out, Intro, I Need Never Get Old, S.O.B., Love Don’t
Enc.: Me and My Uncle*, Slow Train*^, The Shape I’m In*#, The Other One*
* With Bobby Weir
^ Bob Dylan cover. Weir bust out, last played Nov. 11, 2008 with RatDog
# The Band cover. Weir bust out, last played March 6, 2017 with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band