Last Thursday night, Bob Weir performed at Charlottesville, VA’s Jefferson Theatre as part of his first ever solo acoustic tour. For his encore, Weir honored Levon Helm with a cover of The Band classic “The Weight.”
Before the song, Weir said, “I don’t have to tell you who this one’s dedicated to.” “On the other side of the country, Grateful Dead partner Phil Lesh also paid tribute to Helm with covers of The Band’s “Acadian Driftwood” and Elton John’s “Levon” at Terrapin Crossroads.
During the performance, Weir also offered a solo take on the recently revived “My Brother Esau” and explained how members of The National persuaded him to rework the long-shelved song for The Bridge Sessions.
Here’s a look at last Thursday’s setlist via Ratdog.org
Thursday, April 26, Jefferson Theatre, Charlottesville, VA
Set I: Hell in a Bucket, My Brother Esau, Blackbird>Maggie’s Farm, El Paso, Liberty, Dear Prudence>Let It Grow
Set II: Mexicali Blues, Twilight Time,Money For Gasoline, Peggy-O, Bird Song, Most of the Time, Sugar Magnolia
E: The Weight