We saw John Mayer join in on the fun at Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday party with Bob Weir and his Campfire Band, but that was far from Johnny Boy’s only contribution to the evening. Johnny Checkers also jumped in with a kick-ass Jerry Garcia Band line-up that boasted Tom Hamilton, fellow Dead and Company member Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington on the sax, Duane Trucks on drums in addition to Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch and Gloria Jones. This line-up is tour-worthy.
Mayer joined in for the last tune of JGB’s set and one of his favorite Dead tunes to rip into—”Deal.” From the opening bars of the song, you can tell that this group is going to crush the classic.
Oteil is feeling the groove and has a smile ear-to-ear during the performance, as does Tom Hamilton. The incredible Kamasi Washington has a turn to dazzle Red Rocks, but Mayer’s searing guitar work on “Deal” will have you reeling.
In addition to the rocking “Deal,” Kyle Isaac got some great footage from more tunes during the JGB set.
Tangled Up in Blue
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