Last night, Sept. 12, Willie Nelson brought his Outlaw Music Festival to CCNB Amphitheater at Heritage Park in Simpsonville, S.C. Joining the prestigious talent was an all-star cast of fellow acts, including Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros, featuring The Wolfpack, in addition to a plethora of other artists who graced the stage during the extensive marathon performance.
During Weir’s Tuesday night stage time, the original member of the Grateful Dead ran through music that beckoned to his extensive history of supporting the legendary San Francisco jamband, starting with a pairing of “Playing in the Band” into “Brown Eyed Women.” A high point in Weir’s frame occurred with the arrival of harmonica player and longtime member of Nelson’s band, Mickey Raphael.
The aforementioned player had joined Weir in the past, making last night’s meet-up a reunion, which got underway with “Me & My Uncle.” Raphael left the stage while the billed artist performed “Loser,” only to return and assist on fan favorite “Truckin’.” Once again, the original lineup delivered “He’s Gone” into “Scarlet Begonias.”
Raphael reappeared for the Weir-led set’s final songs, adding his breath-fueled frequency to “Shakedown Street” and “U.S. Blues.” Given the collaborative nature of the Outlaw Music Festival’s presentation, when it came time for the headliner to descend on stage, he brought up a special guest, Weir, who assisted with classic renditions of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “Hard to be Humble,” and accentuated the material on guitar.
Watch a fan-shot video from the Nelson and Weir team up below.
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— Bobby Weir (@BobWeir) September 13, 2023