Dead and Company just finished up their first night at the Playing in the Sand 2019 destination festival. The group formed around the original Grateful Dead members of Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann was once again joined by John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge for the start of three unique nights of shows in Mexico at the Riviera Maya.
The first night of the run featured a super creative first set highlighted by the “New Speedway Boogie > Bird Song > New Speedway Boogie” combo to close out the first set (plus one of our faves, “Mr. Charlie”). The second set featured a “China Cat Sunflower” that weaved in “Cumberland Blues” before heading into “I Know You Rider”. A ferocious “Terrapin Station” followed and was as epic as ever before moving into the “Drums/Space” segment of the show which featured Oteil jamming on pots and pan with the Rhythm Devils, too. A late “Help On the Way > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower” closed the second set on a big high note. The band encored with the beautiful classic “Ripple” before sending everyone off to the hotel and back into the night to celebrate.
Don’t forget that you can watch the run from the couch as the entire Playing in the Sand event will be webcast live via Nugs.tv. You can head over there to order live (or replay-able) video from the event.
Check out the setlist, photos, tweets and videos from the run below.
SETLIST: Dead and Company @ Playing in the Sand Night One 1.17.19 Riviera Maya, Mexico
Set I: Shakedown Street, Mr. Charlie, Jack Straw, Friend of the Devil*, Here Comes Sunshine, New Speedway Boogie > Bird Song > New Speedway Boogie
Set II: China Cat Sunflower -> Cumberland Blues > I Know You Rider, Lady with a Fan > Terrapin Station > Drums^ > Space > Stella Blue > Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower
* – Bobby on acoustic
^ – w/ Oteil
China Cat Sunflower -> Cumberland Blues > I Know You Rider
— playamobility (@playamobility) January 16, 2019
— Gavin Means (@thegavman2003) January 17, 2019
Great jam on Shakedown Street. #deadandcompany
— Colonel Forbin (@SaveThe96Crew) January 18, 2019
I didn’t get to start watching #playinginthesand until FOTD, but from everything I’ve heard, the boys are in a zone that’s nice and chill. Just what I need. Smooth an$ relaxed. They seem to be having fun. Speedway Boogie to Birdsong was seamless. #deadandcompany
— Dan'l D (@WanPilgrimm) January 18, 2019
My day needed a little China cat #DeadAndCompany
— Pntszdvln (@Pntszdvln2) January 18, 2019
Just getting started ⚡️💀🌹 pic.twitter.com/RXeuBiBLxY
— Dead & Company (@deadandcompany) January 18, 2019