Dead & Company Spend Some Time On The Mountain For Boulder Night One [Videos/Audio]

Death and company return to familiar Folsom Field in Boulder, CO on Friday to kick off another weekend race. The show marked the Grateful Dead the first time from branching to University of Colorado Boulder facility since July 6, 2019, and the band’s ninth show there.

Dead & Company got Friday’s show – and the weekend as a whole – going with the classic opener “Bertha.” There was no “softening” in this one, because Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, mickey hart, John Mayer, Burbridge eyeand Jeff Chimenti plunged straight in, the latter providing playful organ work suitable for a sports stadium.

Death and Company – “Bertha” [Pro-Shot] – 06/17/22

The opening momentum carried the band through an upbeat “Good Lovin'” as Bobby commanded the microphone before a rhythmic breakdown allowed Oteil to move up and down the bassline. After two songs, Dead & Company finally settled down with “New Speedway Boogie”, with the odd Altamont lament leading to a bluesy “Smoestack Lightnin'”.

The tempo picked up for a stomp through “Mr. Charlie” before John Mayer got the chance to show off his falsetto on “Ramble On Rose”. A rippling “They Love Each Other” followed, as JonBo rode the crest of rolling beats from Kreutzmann and Hart. had his chance on the mic for a crystalline “High Time”, which teamed up with the opulent instrumentation of “Let It Grow” to close out the first set.

Back for set two with another proven opener, Dead & Company returned to the live action with “Sugaree.” After its completion, Dead & Company let the music wander for a while, eventually taking the form of “Truckin'”. The musical wanderlust continued at the end of the american beauty classic as a bluesy vamp powered by Mayer and Chimenti’s instrumental bond took shape as ‘Viola Lee Blues’.

Dead & Company – “Sugaree” [Pro-Shot] – 06/17/22

Mayer’s highlight moment came with “Althea” before the bus went by with “The Other One.” Again, the band took their time to let this one develop, while Kreutzmann and Hart’s beats continued to swell and transitioned smoothly into “Drums” and “Space” after the first verse of the song. Entering the Colorado atmosphere again from “Space”, Bobby finished the second verse of “The Other One”. August West’s story passed through the post-“Space” ballad slot as a contemplative “Wharf Rat” launched a “Turn On Your Lovelight” to end the frame. Back on stage, Dead & Company capped off the evening with “Casey Jones”.

Full audio from Dead & Company at Folsom Field on Friday is available thanks to typing Travitz12. A collection of fan-shot videos is also available from Scott Sigman.

Dead & Company – Folsom Field – Boulder, CO – 6/17/22 – Full Show

Setlist: Dead & Company | Folsom Field | Boulder, Colorado | 06/17/22

Set One: Bertha > Good Lovin’, New Speedway Boogie > Smokestack Lightnin’, Mr. Charlie, Ramble on Rose, They Love Each Other, High Time > Let it Grow

Set 2: Sugaree, Truckin’ > Viola Lee Blues, Althea, The Other One [1] > Drums > Space > The Other [2]Wharf Rat, turn on your Lovelight

Again: Casey Jones

[1] Verse 1

[2] Verse 2

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