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The have a storied history of welcoming guests to the stage as a big surprise to the , and tonight’s Dead and Company show in Wisconsin at featured a local guest that definitely surprised some folks, myself included. of was the special guest.

“Who is Justin Vernon?”

Suddenly a lot of Deadheads tweeted that once the mastermind strolled out on stage after Bob introduced him to the audience as a special treat. Vernon sat in for the enders of the first set, the prolific songwriter taking lead on “Black Muddy River”, then classic “Friend of the Devil”.

The set finished with “Bird Song” which has been particularly jazzy of late, and the added tones coming from Vernon’s rig were definitely adding some great textures.

with Justin Vernon - Bird Song - - East Troy, WI - June 23, 2018

Check out the from that show here.

Meanwhile, was not feeling this sit-in whatsoever.

Over at , it was much of the same.

The people the show were bummed, too.

Frankly, I loved it.

We’ll update the post with videos and audios when it gets posted. Until then, just bask in the awesomeness that is the likely fact that anyone that sits-in with the and takes mic time away from Bobby or is going to bum out a few folks. Can’t win ’em all.

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