As posted on Live for Live Music
Beloved ensemble Dead & Company hit the main stage at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival last night, bringing Grateful Dead classics to close out the 15th annual event. Dead & Company is the fusion of Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, with bassist Oteil Burbridge, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, and guitarist John Mayer. After heating things up with their tour opener last Friday, June 10th in Charlotte, NC, Dead & Company held nothing back for a great performance at Bonnaroo.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the set was the introduction of Donna Jean Godchaux, an Alabama native who made her Dead & Company debut on the Bonnaroo stage. Godchaux has appeared with Ratdog and Dark Star Orchestra in the years following Jerry Garcia’s death, including a 2009 performance with Bob Weir, Keller Williams and more at Gathering of the Vibes. Godchaux’s debut with Dead & Company certainly begs the question: will she appear with them going forward? Only time will tell.
Watch the full show in the two videos streaming below.
Dead & Company’s tour continues on Thursday, June 16th at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH. Check out last night’s setlist in full, courtesy of Erin Lippert/FOJC.
Setlist: Dead & Company at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN – 6/12/16
Set One: Truckin’ bw (jm jc) > Smokestack Lightning bw > Bertha jm (dg ob )*, Playing’ In The Band bw (dg) > Bird Song jm > Tennessee Jed bw (jm ob ) Shakedown Street bw jm (jc ob dg ), Passenger bw dg > Bird Song (all), Casey Jones jm
Set Two: Help On The Way jm > Slipknot! > Scarlet Begonias bw > Fire On The Mountain bw (dg ob)*, Lady With A Fan jm (bw) > Terrapin Station bw (dg ob) > Drums / Space > The Other One bw >Wharf Rat bw (jm ob jc) >Franklin’s Tower bw jm (dg jc) *
Encore : Touch of Grey bw jm (dg)
*Donna Jean Godchaux joins stage