An Evening with Bob Weir and Ratdog

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As legend has it, Bob Weir met Jerry Garcia on New Year’s Eve in Palo Alto in 1963. Weir was 16, Garcia 20. They started jamming—Garcia with a banjo and Weir, presumably, with his trusty rhythm guitar. Inspired by the meteoric rise of the Beatles, they formed a band. Well, not just a band—one of the most iconic drug-taking, hippy-twirling, psychedelic jam-out outfits of all time, the Grateful Dead.

But in 1995, Garcia died at age 53, and so did the Dead. Weir kept rollin’ with multiple other bands, and in that same year—a year of mourning, no doubt—Ratdog was born. Often called Bob Weir and Ratdog, this rotating crew brings it home with the entire Dead catalogue at its fingertips, plus they often blast out covers of Dylan songs, Primus, Chuck Berry or Elvis tunes. You may’ve also heard of Furthur, Weir’s other old-dudes-jammin’-hard vehicle.

Say what you will about the Dead or the psychedelics of the ‘60s and ‘70s being behind us, but this man is walking rock and roll history. His audiences will surely be full of old and current stoners wanting to hear “Not Fade Away” or “Shakedown Street,” but there’s one thing that these two Tower shows won’t be: Short. Weir and Co. love to jam long and hard, and there’ll be no shortage of longhairs looking to chill as seriously as they did 40 years ago. / BILL CHENEVERT

Through Sat., Feb. 15. 7:30pm. $29.50-$69.50. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow sts,  Upper Darby. 215.922.2599. thetowerphilly.com
 

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Saturday, February 15, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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