Last weekend, Grateful Dead seasoned vet Bob Weir joined together with a handpicked group of young Brooklyn musicians in an East Coast/West Coast musical and political summit held at Weir’s Marin-based TRI Studios. The HeadCount organized event was put together around the theme of bridging differences and finding common ground. The night also included a roundtable discussion with political heavyweights Buddy Roemer, Mark McKinnon, Jessy Tolkan and John Perry Barlow, and you can read a full report on the happening over here.
The musicians playing with Weir at this Session were chosen by The National’s bass and drum playing brothers Scott and Bryan Devendorf and included The National’s Aaron Dessner (guitar, electric mandolin), Kyle Resnick (trumpet) and Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett (keys) with Yellowbirds’ Sam Cohen (guitar) and Josh Kaufman (guitar, lap steel), The Walkmen’s Walt Martin (keys), and Taka Taka’s Conrad Doucette (drums).
What transpired was inspirational and thought provoking, and against some expectations the musical union of Weir and the indie world players proved really satisfying and a fine fit. A happy surprise to be sure. Check out a few of the performances in the videos – including Weir doing a boffo job on The National’s “Daughters of the Soho Riots” – below this swell action-capturing gallery from DI chum Jay Blakesberg. And by all means pop over to HeadCount and get registered to vote and explore ways to get involved with real democracy!
Set I: Help on the Way, Love Thine Enemy, Looks Like Rain, El Paso, Friend of the Devil, Cassidy, Daughters of the SoHo Riots, My Brother Esau
Set II: Me and My Uncle, Fake Empire, Most of the Time, Brown Eyed Women, The Other One, Standing on the Moon, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider
Encore: Ripple, Uncle John’s Band, Brokedown Palace