Last Friday, Buffalo saw one of the true pioneers of the jam band movement as Bob Weir brought his new project Bob Weir and The Wolf Brothers to Shea’s Performing Arts Centers for a sold-out show.  The Wolf Brothers include famed producer Don Was on bass and Further founder Jay Lane on drums and backing vocals. Even with the emergence of Dead & Company over the last few years, Weir still has the itch to get out there and play. This outfit fit right into what the fans of any of his projects (RatDog, Further, Dead & Company, etc.) have come to expect. Lots of extended soloing, lots of grooves and lots of dancing to follow.

The set started off with the band taking the stage at about 7:58 pm to a round of applause. The crowed was itching for some band music and the band kicked into the appropriately “Friend of the Devil” off of the 1970 album “American Beauty.” This was a perfect mood setter for the rest of the nights evening of music.

Was and Lane were locked and loaded right off the bat. Their joyous rhythms were what the doctor ordered as the crowd swayed and moved the entire night. Weir was the ring leader and kept the chatter to a minimum. He left his 6th string do most of the talking. He went back and for the all evening switching out a multiple of guitars, including both acoustic and electric. Of course, Grateful Dead staples like “Bertha,” “Passenger” were big hits of the set.

One of the highlights of the evening was the band inviting Rochester native Mikaela Davis to join them. She played a harpsichord on all the tracks she played on. She also provided lush vocal harmonies to Weir’s leads. Bringing her on to join was a wonderful addition to the show.

The 2-hour show was a perfect antidote to the St. Patty’s Day weekend in the Queen City. Bob Weir and Wolf Brothers left the fans wanting more. Currently there isn’t a Dead and Company stop in the area this summer, so they will have to savior what they saw on Friday for a little while.

 

Set 1:

 

Friend of the Devil (Grateful Dead song)

Deep Elem Blues (Georgia Crackers cover)

The Maker (Daniel Lanois cover)

Althea (Grateful Dead song)

Bertha (Grateful Dead song)

Black-Throated Wind

Peggy-O (Traditional cover with Mikaela Davis)

Bird Song (Jerry Garcia cover with Mikaela Davis)

 

Set 2:

 

Scarlet Begonias (Grateful Dead song)

Two Djin (Ratdog song)

Playing in the Band

Passenger (Grateful Dead song)

Dark Star (Grateful Dead song with Mikaela Davis)

The Other One (Grateful Dead song with Mikaela Davis)

Morning Dew (Bonnie Dobson cover with Mikaela Davis)

 

Encore:

 

Brokedown Palace (Grateful Dead song with Mikaela Davis)

 

 

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We would like to thank Kate Rakvik from Sacks Co. for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.