Wakarusa Report: Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio

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Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio

After entering into the beautiful Wakarusa grounds, surrounded by Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, we quickly set up camp and made our way to the main stage just as the sun began to set. The first act we caught was the Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio. The trio consisted of Bob Weir – singer/songwriter, guitarist, and founding member of the Grateful Dead, Chris Robinson – front man of the Black Crowes, and Jackie Greene – legendary Americana singer/songwriter. A majority of the band’s set consisted of Grateful Dead songs such as, “I Ain’t Broke But I’m Badly Bent,” “New Speedway Boogie,” and “Deep Elem Blues.” However, the group also wound up the crowd with a bluesy cover of the Beatles’ song “Dear Prudence.”

Midway through the set, each member of the trio played a song solo. Starting off the round was Jackie Greene with his ballad, “Uphill Mountain.” Following Greene was Chris Robinson’s not surprising, but intimate cover of Otis Redding’s “That’s How Strong My Love Is.” To conclude the round, Bob Weir walked to the mic and asked the crowd if they wanted to hear a “fast song or a slow song.” Of course the rowdy crowd chose the fast one and Weir started in on his classic, “Throwing Stones.” You could hear the crowd’s affirmation of their choice as they accompanied Weir singing, “ashes, ashes, all fall down.”

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