Bob Weir and the National’s Intimate Show at TRI Studios, Watch the Videos!
Does anyone have some toast? Because Saturday night's event was oh-so jammy sweet! Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and members of indie rock ensemble The National teamed up for an intimate show entitled "The Bridge Session" at Weir's TRI Studios in San Francisco, CA. Bridging the gap between east and west coasts, the band blended together beautifully for the special event benefiting voter registration group HeadCount.org. Yahoo! Music streamed the entire show live, so viewers could catch every juicy moment of classic rock goodness!
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With Weir front and center, the band launched into two hearty, head swaying sets of Grateful Dead tunes with the National's songs and covers of Bob Dylan's "Most of the Time" and Cass McCombs' "Love Thine Enemy" peppered in. For the encore, the band went acoustic, dimmed the lights and made the already intimate show even more so. Huddling the small audience around the band, the studio had an eyes-closed, feel-good sing-along of some of the Grateful Dead's biggest hits that must've had Deadheads watching the stream turn greener with envy.
The one-off supergroup consisted of Weir, Bryan and Scott Devendorf, and Aaron Dessner of The National, plus Brooklyn music scene cohorts Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman), Sam Cohen (Yellowbirds), Josh Kaufman (Yellowbirds), Conrad Doucette (Takka Takka), Kyle Resnick (The National collaborator) and Walter Martin (the Walkmen). While the band may have had a noticeable abundance of players, no one got lost in a wall of sound.
"China Cat Sunflower" and "I Know You Rider" - From funk to blues, the seamless transition of the two songs live actually started in 1969, and (save two times) haven't separated since! Good to see the tradition alive and well, a must-see for any Deadhead.
The National's "Daughters Of The SoHo Riots" - Bob Weir takes lead vocals on the National song's from their 2005 album Alligator. Excellent choice for Weir--who has a beautiful guitar solo at 2:40--and a spectacular moment for the National!
"The Other One" - This is where you see the musicians really flex their jam muscles--one of the most rockin' points of the show.
"Uncle John's Band" - This is probably the coolest moment of the show, when the band gathered the crowd around them and had everyone sing along. It's always neat to see the barrier between performer and viewer come down (the people behind Weir are living!). And you can't help but think: This may never happen again, lucky audience!
After the show, Weir told Yahoo! Music, "I was surprised by how many instruments in the ensemble we could get music out of. Usually that many instruments in an ensemble and everybody's playing all the time it gets to be too thick … but these guys are good at leaving room for music to happen. And it did I thought."
Weir went on to say his experience working with members of the National and the other musicians "fell together rather sweetly. These guys are good players… I did a couple of their tunes, at their insistence. I learned 'em and loved 'em."