Thursday, March 1, 2018
Dead & Company Playin' In The Sand Feb 15 - 18 2018 in Riviera Maya, Mexico - photos and review
Dead and Company consists of the original surviving members of Grateful Dead: Bob Weir (guitar), Bill Kreutzmann (drums) and Mickey Hart (drums) along with John Mayer (guitar), Oteil Burbridge (bass/drums), and Jeff Chimenti (keyboards). Bobby and the boys put on excellent shows all three nights, making it difficult to say which night was the best. They played songs to fill the ocean air.
The beach was an eclectic rainbow display of tie dye clothing each night worn by the all ages concertgoers from babies to seniors and everyone in between. Merchandise sellers, rogue tapers, churros, tacos, continuous beer and persistent good vibes added to the peaceful and yet energetic ambience particular to Grateful Dead shows.
A touching tribute was played on the first night to John Perry Barlow with Bob Weir on acoustic guitar singing the love song “Looks Like Rain”. Bob sang the song to his long-time songwriting partner (for over 40 years), while images of the recently departed Barlow played on the backdrop behind the band and the crowd swayed in the sand. It was a legendary experience to all who were able to secure tickets to the sold out all-inclusive packages.
The band played effortlessly, Bob hitting all the high notes, Oteil’s contagious smiles making everyone smile, John Mayer’s vocals and outstanding guitar riffs causing Deadheads to swoon every night and come to the realization that John is Dead. They played many favourites, but it is a challenge to say which Grateful Dead songs are not favourites.
The last song before the encore on Sunday night was the Buddy Holly and The Crickets’ cover, “Not Fade Away.” This song was especially memorable for the crowd’s easy-going chorus and gentle clapping in the tropical ocean breeze.
The first night started with “Playing in the Band and the last night ended with “Playing in the Band” reprise. The Music Never Stopped and “Weir” ready for Playing in the Sand 2019.
Review by Ann Horvat Lazarevic
Photos by Dave Stotts Photography