One Night Down: Dead & Co. in concert at Camden’s BB&T Pavilion

Dead & Co. | photo by Dylan Eddinger |

Last night, Bob Weir, John Mayer and their Dead & Co. companions kicked off a two-night stand at Camden’s BB&T Pavilion. They played two sets covering Grateful Dead classics — from “Jack Straw” to “St. Stephen” to “Ripple” — as well as covers of Georgia Crackers, The Crickets, and Paul Simon.
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Just Announced: Dead & Co. will headline two nights at BB&T Pavilion in June

Dead & Company | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN |

Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir will once again team up with guitarist John Mayer for a round of Dead & Company summer tour dates. Kicking off in Mansfield, Massachusetts in May, the run comes to Camden, New Jersey for two nights on June 1 and June 2 at the BB&T Pavilion.  Continue reading →


Need a friend for the night? Go to a Dead & Company show.

Dead and Company | photo by John Bartol for WXPN

Dead & Company played Wells Fargo Center Thursday night, and after watching this show, I’ve decided that this is a band everybody needs to see at least once. Watching original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann jam on and on and on with the most notable new member John Mayer is entrancing. It’s hard to look away, even as their jams approach the fifteen minute mark. They’re not just repeating the chorus over and over; they’re following the song’s basic rhythm and structure while also exploring new melodies and ideas on the spot. That’s where the appeal comes from: like the Grateful Dead before them, and the generations of bands they inspired, Dead & Company could play the same setlist throughout their tour and each night would still sound different. Last night, they opened the first set with “Dancing in the Street,” a Martha Reeves and The Vandellas cover, which then seamlessly transitioned into Grateful Dead’s “Ramble on Rose.”

I’ve been to plenty of concerts, but this was the first time that I noticed nearly everybody was off their phone and just watching and present. I’ve never seen that before, ever, especially at a venue as big as the Wells Fargo Center. Everybody was just happy to be there, and listening to these truly timeless songs makes you feel like there could never be anything wrong. When you’re in Dead & Company’s presence, the rest of the world doesn’t exist. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Imelda May at Union Transfer, Dead & Company at BB&T Pavilion

Imelda May | via the artist’s facebook

If you weren’t able to see Imelda May‘s moving performance during last week’s Free At Noon, you have another chance to catch the Irish singer-songwriter tonight at Union Transfer. Imelda May released her fifth studio record Life Love Flesh Blood in April, holding the top spot on the UK Americana chart for three consecutive weeks. For tickets and more information, see the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Dead & Company returning to town – listen to interviews with John Mayer and Bob Weir

John Mayer (left) Photo by: Frank Ockenfells, Courtesy of the artist / Bob Weir (right) Photo by: Jay Blakesberg/Courtesy of the artist

Dead & Company return to the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey this Sunday, June 25th. Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir will be joined once again by John Mayer. Recently, Bob Weir and John Mayer made appearances on World Cafe. Mayer was interviewed by World Cafe host Talia Schlanger around the release of Mayer’s recent solo album, The Search For Everything. The Cafe’s David Dye did a session with Bob Weir in November, 2016, around the release of Bob’s album, Blue Mountain.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s, Dead & Co at BB&T Pavillion, Kevin Morby at Boot and Saddle

Margaret Glaspy
Margaret Glaspy | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN |

She’s new to ATO Records, and soon she could be a household name. For now, we’re lucky enough to experience Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s where she’ll play tonight. Last Friday, she released her debut record Emotions and Math. In April, she stopped by for a Folkadelphia Session. Give it a listen below and head to the XPN Concert Calendar for all the details on tonight’s gig. Continue reading →


Watch Dead & Company’s massive set from Bonnaroo

Dead & Company played Bonnaroo this past weekend. The latest Grateful Dead related project features Grateful Dead drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, singer and guitarist Bob Weir, and John Mayer, along with bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. Continue reading →


Watch Dead & Company make their television debut on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

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Dead & Company made their television debut on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Dead & Company is the next iteration of the Dead including Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and John Mayer, with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti. Continue reading →