Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia would have turned 75 on Tuesday, so it’s no surprise that Gov’t Mule chose to memorialize him with a few Grateful Dead covers during their concert last night. It’s also no surprise that they invited Stanton Moore—who was on hand after opening the Augusta, GA show with Galactic earlier in the evening—to join them for those tunes.
The famed New Orleans drummer, who recently released his own tribute to the late Allen Toussaint, helped the Warren Haynes-led jam band pay tribute to Garcia on “Dark Star” and “Morning Dew.” Moore also sat in for “Patchwork Quilt,” a song that Haynes penned in honor of Garcia following his death in 1995, and a “Drums” jam.
Galactic saxophonist Ben Ellman took the stage as well, eventually joining Gov’t Mule for “Blind Man In The Dark” at the end of the set. Finally, Moore returned for an encore rendition of The Beatles’ classic “Dear Prudence,” a tune that was a favorite of the Jerry Garcia Band in the 1980s.
Gov’t Mule and Galactic will team up for another show tonight in Raleigh, NC.
[H/T – Jambands.com]