Jerry Garcia Tribute feat. Warren Haynes & the Colorado Symphony 7.30.13
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Words & Photos By Kevin Hahn (Split Open & Shoot Photography)
Joining Mr. Haynes for this musical journey were Jeff Sipe (ARU, Leftover Salmon, Jimmy Herring Band) on drums, Lincoln Schleifer (Warren Haynes Band) on bass, and Alecia Chakour and Jasmine Muhammad on back-up vocals. Being a huge Jeff Sipe fan myself, I was extremely pumped to hear what he had to add to the symphonic Dead collaborations that I knew aging Deadheads would be dying to experience. The night began with a haunting and almost creepy version of “Dark Star” which led right into a perfectly placed “Bird Song” which got the Colorado crowd in the sing-along mood. Using Garcia’s famed tone and overall way of “Flowing” over the fret-board, Warren was able to almost perfectly mimic what Garcia became famous for. Yes, Haynes has a much more distinct and rock-ish way of playing the guitar, but when playing the “Wolf” you must respect the sound and history it has grown through.
Set One: Dark Star -> Bird Song, Crazy Fingers, Standing on the Moon, Scarlet Begonias, Shakedown Street, China Cat Sunflower, Morning Dew
Set Two: Mission in the Rain intro, High Time, Russian Lullaby, Uncle John’s Band, West LA Fadeaway, If I Had the World to Give, Terrapin Station -> Slipknot! -> Terrapin Station
Encore: Patchwork Quilt, China Doll
For those in attendance, we know how special what we saw truly was. And for those unfortunate enough not to make it, please keep your ears open for this tour to possibly come back in the future. I promise, seeing Warren on the “Wolf” is something not to miss no matter what the circumstance is. Also, do not hesitate to catch the Colorado Symphony any time they have a performance. No matter what music they are playing, it always seems to be jaw dropping and absolutely amazing. Make sure to support all live music, and see you next time on the Rocks!
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