By: Yorg

Experiencing outdoor concerts is an undeniably gratifying experience, regardless of the time of year. Yet, there’s an unparalleled sense of urgency and excitement when attending outdoor shows during the late summer and early fall months.

Creating new musical memories is a timeless pursuit, and it’s even more special when the venue is nestled just outside the charming city of Burlington, Vermont. Just yesterday, the legendary Bob Weir and his Wolf Bros., accompanied by Don Was on bass, Jay Lane on drums, Jeff Chimenti on piano/keyboards, Barry Sless on pedal steel, and an outstanding horn section featuring Lex Kelly, Brian Switzer, and Sheldon Brown, graced the picturesque grounds of the Shelburne Museum with their performance.

The weather added a touch of drama to the day. After a full day of intermittent rain showers, a sense of anticipation filled the air as the clouds finally parted, and the skies cleared just before showtime. Surprisingly, no umbrellas were needed on this crisp late summer night. Bob Weir and his cohorts took the stage around 6:30 pm, and they didn’t disappoint, playing two remarkable sets that kept the audience engaged until around 10 pm.

The music started off a bit precarious with Bobby’s revised version of Truckin but gained its momentum halfway through the first set into the Garcia / Hunter composition “Mission in the Rain”. The 8-piece band presented exceptional cohesion throughout the night, creating an immersive and captivating sonic experience. The second set opened with Bobby’s “Bombs Away” into a blistering Help/Slip/Franklins followed by Bob Dylan’s “Silvio.”  Chuck Rio’s number one hit “Tequila” got the crowd bopping and singing along “Tequila”…  da, da, da, da, da, da ,da, daaa… “Tequila”…you get the idea. The “Other One” into the Beatles “Dear Prudence” ensued.   Then perhaps the apex of the show appeared in the form of a full “Terrapin Station” Suite including: “Lady With a Fan”, “Terrapin Transit”, “At a Siding”, and “Terrapin Flyer”.  Wow, that was truly a stellar second set.  The audience was awestruck after taking in the band’s riveting  “Terrapin Station” Suite.  We anticipated an acoustic number since Bobby’s acoustic guitar was within his arm’s length throughout the concert.  After a short break, the band re-emerged with their encore, and soothed us into to the night with one of the Grateful Dead’s sweetest sing-alongs “Ripple”, leaving us with the perfect conclusion to the night’s musical ride.  

The atmosphere at the concert was nothing short of electric. It was evident that everyone in attendance was in high spirits, thrilled to have Bob Weir back in Vermont. The sense of community and shared passion for music that permeated the event was truly heartwarming. It’s safe to say that all those fortunate enough to be there are eagerly anticipating the next opportunity to attend one of these exceptional shows. The magic of live music in the great outdoors, particularly in the late summer and early fall, is an experience that lingers in the heart and soul, creating lasting memories that will be cherished for years to come.

Set 1:

Truckin’

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

My Brother Esau

Mission in the Rain

Odessa

Friend of the Devil

Throwing Stones

Deal

Set 2:

Bombs Away

Help on the Way

Slipknot!

Franklin’s Tower

Silvio

Tequila

The Other One

Dear Prudence

Lady With a Fan

Terrapin Station

Terrapin Transit

At a Siding

Terrapin Flyer

Encore:

Ripple