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Move Me Brightly – Jerry Garcia’s 70th Birthday Bash

by Dennis on August 8, 2012

Neal Casal, Donna Jean Godchaux, Joe Russo, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Jason Roberts

On August 3rd, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir hosted a five-hour celebration entitled “Move Me Brightly”, in honor of what would have been Jerry Garcia’s 70th birthday, at his state-of-the-art, built-to-webcast TRI Studios.

In addition to Bob Weir and Grateful Dead singer Donna Jean Godchaux, the one-time-only group of musicians included Phish’s Mike Gordon, Furthur’s Joe Russo and Jeff Chimenti, the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and Tad Kubler, Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson, the Yellowbirds’ Sam Cohen and Josh Kaufman, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals’ Neal Casal and Jon Graboff, the Black Crowes’ Adam MacDougall and Norah Jones’ Jason Abraham Roberts, as well as singer-songwriters Jim Lauderdale, Jonathan Wilson, Cass McCombs and Harper Simon (Paul Simon’s son).

“If you don’t know who some of these people are,” Weir told the crowd, “you’re in the same boat as me.”

Also, the unannounced starting bassist was Phil Lesh! Phil stayed for the first two songs, “The Wheel” and “Cumberland Blues”, then handed the bass duties over to Phish’s Mike Gordon and headed back to Terrapin Crossroads to play a previously scheduled show there  with The Yonder Mountain String Band.  After that show, players from the TRI gig showed up at Terrapin Crossroads, and all jammed for free in the bar until the wee hours.  Jerry would’ve been proud that his music, and approach to playing it, are alive and well.
Click on the song titles below to listen to the show!

Donna, Joe, Bob & Phil

Phil Lesh & Bob Weir

The Wheel > Cumberland Blues
Mississippi Half Step
Dire Wolf
Dupree’s Diamond Blues
Tennessee Jed
Ship Of Fools
They Love Each Other->Bird Song
New Speedway Boogie
Loose Lucy (Weir Solo Acoustic)
Friend of the Devil
Mission In The Rain
Ramble On Rose
Catfish John
Shakedown Street
Terrapin Station->He’s Gone->Eyes Of The World
Scarlet Begonias
Don’t Let Go
Days Between->Franklin’s Tower
U.S. Blues->Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad

Here’s the whole show: