Ratdog Opens Sweetwater w/ Hagar and Harrison

Sweetwater Music Hall, a new venue for which Bob Weir is a partner, had its official opening last night in the Bay Area’s Mill Valley. The same Ratdog ensemble that performed at TRI Studios on Wednesday were on hand at Sweetwater for two more sets. Bay Area residents Sammy Hagar (Van Halen) and Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) both sat in with Ratdog at different points during the show.

[Photo via @RatDogDotOrg]

Ratdog didn’t repeat any songs from Thursday’s webcast with the exception of the group’s traditional improv-based Stuff segment. Surprisingly, Ratdog stayed away from their originals all night long. Hagar emerged towards the end of the first set to sing Loose Lucy, a song he’s sung with members of The Dead a number of times in the past. Harrison came out during the second set to add backing vocals and keys to Take Me To The River, an Al Green song that was a staple of the Talking Heads’ live repertoire.

Set One: Jam > Truckin > Brown-Eyed Women, Loser, Loose Lucy*, Let It Grow

Set Two: When I Paint My Masterpiece@, Deep Elem Blues@, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall@, Take Me to the River+, Playin in the Band > The Other One > Stuff > Jam, Standing on the Moon, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider
*-with Sammy Hagar (Vocals); +-w/ Jerry Harrison (Keys, Backup Vox)

[via Ratdog.org]

Marin County’s latest venue replaces the original Sweetwater which closed in 2007. Weir discussed how Sweetwater came together with Benjy Eisen for a Rolling Stone feature.

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