Dead & Co. Live at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center In Noblesville, Indiana – I love “Bertha”, and other lighthearted numbers that often open up Dead shows. But when Dead & Co. decides to open a show with a 16:48 minute “The Other One” like they’re already in mid-show form, I say “Giddy-Up!”
And so it went at Dead & Co’s return to Noblesville, Indiana’s Deer Creek outdoor venue, now known as the (wordy) Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center. The show was the band’s first return there since the 2016 summer tour stop, which was notable for Oteil Burbridge’s vocal debut with the group on a verse of “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad”. Since 2016, Mr. Burbridge has progressed to singing full songs, often ballads, and he did so in Noblesville applying his soulful croon to “Comes A Time” in the first set.
Opener, “The Other One”, turned on a dime into “Dire Wolf”, which gave way to slow, but moving renditions of “Feel Like A Stranger”, “Row Jimmy”, and “Mississippi Half Step”. The mellow vibe continued with Oteil’s “Comes A Time”, but closed on an uptick with a funky and rollicking version of “Viola Lee Blues” that had the crowd grooving hard.
The upbeat trend carried over into the second set, as the band (Bob Weir – guitar & vocals, John Mayer – guitar & vocals, Oteil Burbridge – bass & vocals, Jeff Chimenti – keys & vocals, Bill Kreutzmann – drums, Mickey Hart – percussion) opened with “Help On The Way”, “Slipknot” and “Franklin’s Tower”. “Terrapin Station”, perhaps my favorite Mayer-ized Dead track, followed and led to the mid-set “Drums” and “Space” interlude…which went back into “The Other One” from the first set.
Weir then took a turn at balladry with “Standing on the Moon”. The group finished the second set on a high note of “Sugar Magnolia”, before closing the show on a robust “Casey Jones” that gave the crowd a rush and left them wanting more. Looks Like Rain might have also been an appropriate closer, as the skies opened and drenched the exiting crowd.
Deer Creek was the 5thshow on the tour, which runs through mid-July and ends with two nights in Boulder, CO. Dead & Co. is also scheduled to play two nights at Lockn’ Festival at the end of August.
Future tour dates, and links to the bands live recordings and merchandise, can be found on the band’s website: www.deadandcompany.com.
- The Other One
- Dire Wolf
- Feel Like A Stranger
- Row Jimmy
- Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
- Comes A Time
- Viola Lee Blues
- Help On The Way (Second Set)
- Franklin’s Tower
- Terrapin Station
- The Other One
- Standing On The Moon
- Sugar Magnolia
- Casey Jones (Encore)