Watch Dead & Company Close Out Playing In The Sand 2020

Dead & Company returns to the stage on Monday, August 16 in Raleigh, North Carolina for the first time since their January 19, 2020 closer at the band’s Playing In The Sand destination event on The Rivera Maya in Mexico. In honor of Dead & Company’s return, JamBase takes a look at the band’s most recent show for this edition of Full Show Friday.

Dead & Company — featuring Grateful Dead members guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart along with guitarist John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti — got the Sunday show got underway with the destination event’s namesake, “Playing In The Band.” Weir led the band through the tune ahead of D&C getting down to business before leaving it unfinished and heading into “Uncle John’s Band.”

“UJB” was well-jammed and prefaced another exploratory tune, “Dark Star.” The sextet then concluded “Playin’” with Bobby fittingly singing “playing in the sand.” Next, Mayer sang lead on “They Love Each Other,” which the band also stretched out ahead of two apropos numbers for the occasion in “Me And My Uncle” (which references Mexico) and the biblical “Samson & Delilah” for the Sunday matinee. Dead & Company closed out the first frame with the favorite “Terrapin Station.”

An expansive segment of the classic pairing of “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire On The Mountain” kicked off the second set with Weir singing “Scarlet” and Oteil helming “Fire,” both of which saw strong and varied guitar play from Mayer. Next, Chimenti would shine on both organ and piano for “He’s Gone,” the end of which seemed to hint at “Smokestack Lighting” but instead dropped into the psychedelic classic “China Cat Sunflower” followed by its usual partner “I Know You Rider” which in turn melted into Mickey and Billy’s “Drums” segment.

Burbridge would join The Rhythm Devils for a jungle jam and the bassist also led the way on jazzed up “Space” capped off by a spotlight section from Chimenti. Mayer then stepped to the mic for “Althea” ahead of Weir on the latter day Dead ballad “Days Between.” The rollicking “U.S. Blues” would close out the set. Bobby and John would go acoustic to begin the encore with “Ripple” before Dead & Company bookended the entire Playing In The Sand weekend with “Not Fade Away” to bring the evening to a close complete with fireworks.

Watch Dead & Company’s entire Playing In The Sand 2020 closer below via the JamBase Live Video Archive:


Dead & Company at Moon Palace The Grand

Set 1
  • Playing in the Band  
  • Uncle John’s Band  
  • Dark Star  
  • Playing in the Band  
  • They Love Each Other  
  • Me and My Uncle  
  • Samson and Delilah  
  • Terrapin Station  
Set 2
  • Scarlet Begonias  
  • Fire on the Mountain  
  • He’s Gone  
  • China Cat Sunflower  
  • I Know You Rider  
  • Drums  
  • Space  
  • Althea  
  • Days Between  
  • U.S. Blues  
  • Ripple  
  • Not Fade Away