Credit: Jay BlakesbergBefore he hits the road with Dead and Company this May, founding Grateful Dead member Bob Weir will be truckin’ solo. The singer/guitarist has announced five new solo dates in support of his 2016 album, Blue Mountain. The shows, which are all in Southern U.S. cities, and run from an April 13 performance in Dallas through an April 19 gig in Mobile, Alabama.
Weir will be backed by The Campfire Band, which is made up mostly of musicians who contributed to Blue Mountain. The group includes RatDog guitarist Steve Kimock and three members of the indie-rock group The National — guitarist Aaron Dessner, bassist Scott Devendorf and drummer Bryan Devendorf.
The concerts will take place during the week leading up to the 2017 Wanee Festival , which runs from April 20 to April 22 in Live Oak, Florida. As previously reported, Weir and The Campfire Band will play two sets during the event, although the specific dates haven’t been announced.
In other news, Weir teamed up with his Grateful Dead band mates Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart on Sunday in Park City, Utah, for an intimate performance one day before the premiere of the Martin Scorsese-produced Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip. Mashable.com reports that only 145 people attended the invite-only show, which was held at a bar called The Spur. Weir, Kreutzmann and Hart, who also play together in Dead and Company, were joined by a couple of special guests at the event — actor Woody Harrelson and Blues Traveler frontman and harmonica whiz John Popper.
Meanwhile, Weir and Kreutzmann will be performing together again this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday in Riviera Maya, Mexico at a festival called Los Muertos con Queso, which also features The String Cheese Incident.
Here are all of Weir’s upcoming U.S. solo concerts:
4/13 — Dallas, TX, Music Hall at Fair Park
4/15 — Austin, TX, ACL Live at The Moody Theater
4/16 — Austin, TX, ACL Live at The Moody Theater
4/18 — New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
4/19 — Mobile, AL, Saenger Theatre
4/20-22 — Live Oak, FL, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park – Wanee Festival
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