Bob Weir and Wolf Bros: A Night of Celebration Amongst Devastation
March 7, 2020 – Nashville, TN
Last week, tragedy struck the city of Nashville as a tornado ripped through the city, destroying countless homes and businesses and claiming over 20 lives. In the wake of this tragedy, almost every artist either living in or coming through Music City has dedicated their shows to raising money for the tornado relief effort through either percentage of ticket donations, raffles, or any number of other ways to aid the city. Among the shows in town that weekend was the famous Bob Weir accompanied by Wolf Bros.
For the first half of the show, it seemed to be a standard affair, with Weir and company going through their standard motions. That is not a dig, either, as Weir still plays with the energy and precision of a man 1/3 his age. And let’s not forget the duo going by the moniker Wolf Bros: Don Was on the upright bass and Jay Lane (formerly of RatDog) on the drums. I would say the first half’s biggest highlight was the trio’s cover of “Friend of the Devil,” which had the crowd swaying and jigging in the pews and isles of the Ryman Auditorium.
After a raucous (albeit a bit long) set break the trio reemerged, now adorned with their iconic cowboy hats. Weir’s first statement of Act 2 was to let the audience know that there were about to be numerous guests on stage, some old friends and some new. With that the group presented a string of Nashville and national notable artists including Jimmy Hall, Frankie Ballard, Margo Price, Emmylou Harris, and another amazing half-dozen. Don’t just take us at our word, though; check these setlists and accompaniment notes from Weir’s own Instagram on the night:
F*ck it, we’ll do it live!
The entire evening was an amazing homage to the Music City in its hour of need. Not only that, but its an event that was available to the entire world via Weir’s Facebook Live Stream, so there’s no reason not to catch up on the evening’s majesty!