Bob Weir and Ratdog hit the lanes of Brooklyn Bowl last night for an intimate club gig in celebration of participatory democracy organization HeadCount's 10th Anniversary Benefit. The two sets were packed with a host of Grateful Dead classics and special guests, including appearances by John Popper, the Disco Biscuits' Marc Brownstein, Soulive's Eric Krasno and Umphrey's McGee guitarist Brendan Bayliss.
The evening got underway just before 9 p.m., when the band launched into traditional Dead opener "Hell in a Bucket." From there, they lead the hundreds through a small, bluesy first set featuring classic Weir renditions of Bob Dylan's "Queen Jane Approximately," Willie Dixon's "Little Red Rooster," (which featured Popper on harmonica) and his own Dead number "Throwing Stones." Only one small hiccup occurred during the soulful set; Weir seemed to have a bit of trouble with his guitar during the beginning of the Jerry Garcia tune "Ramble on Rose," and fumbled a bit with the opening lyrics.