One of my favorite freelance hats to wear is that of music journalist, especially when the subject matter relates to the Grateful Dead. For Glide Magazine:
Bob Weir recently celebrated his 75th birthday, but there’s no sign of the legendary musician slowing down his long strange trip of sharing live music with the world. Bobby wasted little time upon taking the stage Wednesday, October 19th at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV. Along with his Wolf Bros and the Wolfpack horns and strings-10 musicians in total, the band immediately launched into a rousing “Iko Iko” engaging the crowd to clap and sing together with the ensemble.
Throughout the first set and show in its entirety, the greater outfit shifted. Some songs featured a stripped-down core of the Wolf Bros on stage, while others featured various members of the Wolfpack horns and strings. The result was a nice mixture of diverse sounds and nuanced takes on the timeless music of the Grateful Dead. It was refreshing to hear the music played in such a familiar, yet distinctly unique way as Bobby’s latest outfit provides.
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