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The Bridge Session

On Saturday night, Bob Weir, the Grateful Dead legend, played a show at his own TRI Studios in San Rafael, California. At the show, he was backed by a one-off band called the Bridge Session. As Rolling Stone reports, that group included the National’s Aaron Dessner and Bryan and Scott Devondorf, as well as Doveman and members of the Walkmen, Takka Takka, and the Yellowbirds. About 100 people crammed into the tiny room, and the band played a bunch of Dead classics, as well as covers of Bob Dylan, the National (naturally), and, of all people, Cass McCombs. Below, watch clips from the show including “Daughters Of The Soho Riots” and “Uncle John’s Band.”

Someone needs to write the secret history of all the indie bands who absolutely love the Dead; I remember being mind-blown at Thurston Moore’s heartfelt elegy of Jerry Garcia back in 1995.

“Help On The Way”
“Love Thine Enemy” (Cass McCombs)
“Looks Like Rain”
“El Paso”
“Friend Of The Devil”
“Daughters Of The Soho Riots” (The National)
“My Brother Esau”
“Me + My Uncle”
“Fake Empire” (The National)
“Most Of The Time” (Bob Dylan)
“Brown Eyed Woman”
“The Other One”
“Standing On The Moon”
“China Cat Sunflower”
“I Know You Rider”
“Uncle John’s Band”
“Brokedown Palace”

Comments (3)
  1. Here’s webcast video of China > Rider, The Other One, Uncle John’s Band and The National’s Daughters of the Soho Riots:

  2. I’ve always felt that if there were ever a time to resurrect The Dancing Bear retail chain across America’s shopping malls, it would be now. During the middle school years, 80% of my class wore tie-dyed Dead shirts on dress-down days and hemp necklaces beneath their Catholic school uniform shirts and ties otherwise with the blindest eye as to what it even represented. It was amazing, considering these were the same kids who only listened to 2Pac and Puff Daddy. (Not me, though — I was a “skater” in a SP Zero tee.)

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