The typical Seattle fall weather on this Tuesday night didn’t stop Deadheads from all over the Pacific Northwest from catching Bob Weir and Wolf Bros. on their inaugural tour at the historic Moore Theater.
Bobby, Jay Lane, and Don Was showcased the power and interplay of their tight three piece on the opening “Scarlet Begonias.” As the lone guitarist, Bobby really had the opportunity to show off his rhythmic abilities by adding a bevy of interesting fills and textural phrases throughout the night.
On this evening Bobby also had a special guest in store for the Seattle audience, wasting no time bringing out Seattle native, bagpiper Jori Chisholm for the second song. Chisholm had previously guested with Weir during the RatDog days of yesteryear, and his traditional Scottish bagpipe really added to the Weir-penned track, “Lay My Lily Down,” off his recent album of cowboy songs, Blue Mountain.
In the opening stanza, Weir, Lane, and Was also dug into “Little Red Rooster,” Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and the beloved duo of “Lost Sailor” > “Saint of Circumstance.”
After a short break, the trio returned and maintained their momentum before the responsive sold out Moore Theater crowd. After opening the second set with Gonesville, another track off Blue Mountain, the group laid down a string of Grateful Dead favorites. “Jack Straw” had a bit of extra umph to it, and was played a bit uptempo from recent versions, and when Weir led the group into “Bertha,” the room went wild.
Later in the set, Weir brought Jori Chisholm back out to add bagpipes to the jam in “Wharf Rat.” The resulting improv was a real highlight of the evening. The foursome interwove their musical ideas with great patience and the jam it built was absolutely gorgeous.
After political rocker, “Throwing Stones,” the group was met with a rousing response for an energetic take on “China” > “Rider” closed out the second set. Then, following two great sets of music, the trio concluded with the moving ballad, “Brokedown Palace.”
If you have the opportunity to catch any of the shows on this tour, do yourself a favor and don’t miss out. Even this early in the tour they were already connecting and producing a full, rich sound.