Gordon Hensley’s 1996–2016 Bob Weir Show List

Similar in process but easier to reconstruct than my 1977–1995 Grateful Dead show list published in 2015, the below list of my 136 Bob Weir w/RatDog shows constitutes about 75%-80% of my post-Grateful Dead concert experiences.

Bob Weir’s primary post-Grateful Dead project, RatDog, picked up a head of steam around 1999–2000, when Jeff Chimenti (1997 addition) and Mark Karan (1998 addition) were nicely integrated into the mix along with founding member Jay Lane on drums. This period coincided with my increased ability to reliably use the internet to send written content (speeches, congressional testimony, op-eds, news releases and other pr “deliverables”) to clients from hotel rooms around the country as I decided to hit the road more frequently to see this killer band when feasible. Even a shitty 28.8k dial-up connection from a remote rural/small market hotel room was good enough back then to get the job done.

Easily my favorite post-Dead band, RatDog was a contemporary, jazzier take on improvisational Grateful Dead and Americana-oriented music. On any given night I could enjoy this band just as much as the Grateful Dead (that’s saying a lot)— and in smaller, more intimate club venues averaging 800–1500 fans versus the massive stadiums and arenas played by the Dead in later years.

2002 was my RatDog touring high point in terms of show count — at 24. This was also the first time RatDog played Europe, and made the trip. For the hearty cadre of 150–200 hardcore fans traveling around Europe, it was like a mini Europe ’72 experience — and I still rate the 7/8/2002 show in Cologne as a top 10 show if not the best I’ve seen.

With the essential addition of Kenny Brooks on sax and with Robin Sylvester replacing Rob Wasserman between 2002/2003, the band became still more intense — with the 2003–2009 period producing so many outstanding shows.

Thanks to Bob and the band.

Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA 10/16/03

1996

6/26 — Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA (Furthur Festival)

1997

6/27 — Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA (Furthur Festival)

7/3 — West Tennis Stadium, Forest Hills, NY (Furthur Festival)

10/25 — Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY

1998

4/4 — Grand Cayman Ballroom, Atlantic City, NJ

11/17 — Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY

11/25 — The Ballroom, Washington, DC

1999

10/26 — The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

10/27 — The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

11/6 — Palace Theater, Louisville, KY

11/8 — Civic Center, Akron, OH

11/20 — Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY

11/23 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

2000

3/24 — Bonne Fete Festival, Baton Rouge, LA

3/25 — House of Blues, New Orleans, LA

6/3 — The Ritz, Raleigh, NC

6/4 — Battery Park Festival, New York, NY

6/16 — M.A.M.A. Festival, Timonium, MD

6/20 — Bottle and Cork, Dewey Beach, DE

6/24 — Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport, CT

10/27 — 4th and B, San Diego, CA

10/28 — The Joint, Las Vegas, NV

11/18 — Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY

11/22 — The NorVA, Norfolk, VA

11/27 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

11/28 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

12/1 — Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA

12/2 — Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA

2001

3/30 — House of Blues, New Orleans, LA

3/31 — New Daisy Theater, Memphis, TN

7/20 — Great Woods Amphitheater, Mansfield, MA (RatDog Opens for Phil and Friends)

7/21 — Meadows Music Theater, Hartford, CT (RatDog Opens for Phil and Friends)

7/22 — Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY (RatDog Opens for Phil and Friends)

8/14 — Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD

9/25 — Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, NC

9/27 — The NorVa, Norfolk, VA

9/28 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

10/6 — Stranahan Theater, Toledo, OH

11/26 — House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV

11/28 — House of Blues, Anaheim, CA

2002

2/1 — Jannus Landing, St. Pete, FL

2/2 — Pompano Beach Amphitheater, Pompano Beach, FL

3/8 — Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA

3/9 — Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY

3/12 — Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, NC

3/13 — Music Farm, Charleston, SC

4/30 — La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX

5/2 — Party on the Plaza, Houston, TX

5/4 — Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans, LA

5/5 — Jazzfest, New Orleans, LA (w/Phil and Friends, Neville Brothers)

5/26 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

5/27 — Bottle and Cork, Dewey Beach, DE

7/3 — London Astoria, London, England (RatDog’s first European Tour)

7/6 — New Morning, Paris, France

7/8 — Live Music Halle, Cologne, Germany

7/9 — Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany

7/10 — Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

7/22 — Recher Theater, Towson, MD

7/30 — Kahunaville, Wilmington, DE

9/27 — Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA

10/5 — Beacon Theater, New York, NY

10/8 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

10/11 — Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA

10/12 — Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH

2003

4/19 — Pompano Beach Amphitheater, Pompano Beach, FL

4/22 — State Theater, Falls Church, VA

4/27 — Music Farm, Charleston, SC

4/29 — House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, NC

4/30 — Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, NC

5/1 — Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, NC

10/16 — Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA

10/20 — Michael’s Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD

10/24 — Beacon Theater, New York, NY

10/25 — Beacon Theater, New York, NY

11/3 — Vic Theater, Chicago, IL

11/4 — Vic Theater, Chicago, IL

11/17 — Blue Note, Columbia, MO

11/18 — Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS

2004

3/2 — The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA (The Waybacks opened)

3/3 — The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA (The Waybacks opened)

3/5 — Roseland Theater, Portland, OR

3/8 — Showbox, Seattle, WA

3/30–9:30 Club, Washington, DC

3/31–9:30 Club, Washington, DC

2005

4/4 — Vogue Theater, Indianapolis, IN

4/5 — House of Blues, Cleveland, OH

4/15 — Beacon Theater, New York, NY

4/16 — Beacon Theater, New York, NY

4/25 — Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT

4/26 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

4/27 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

8/5 — Sunshine Daydream, Terra Alta, WV (Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash)

8/6 — Sunshine Daydream, Terra Alta, WV (Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash)

8/10 — Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD

9/1 — Central Park Summerstage, New York, NY

9/2 — Meadowbrook, Gilford, NH

9/4 — House of Blues, Atlantic City

11/2 — Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD

11/14 — Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

11/15 — Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA

11/16 — Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA

2006

3/20 — Premier Music Hall, Danbury, CT

3/21 — Premier Music Hall, Danbury, CT

3/27 — Warner Theater, Washington, DC

4/6 — Beacon Theater, New York, NY

4/7 — Beacon Theater, New York, NY

4/8 — Beacon Theater, New York, NY

7/13 — Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

7/14 — Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

2007

3/9 — Beacon Theater, New York, NY

3/10 — Beacon Theater, New York, NY

3/19 — Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD

7/9 — Central Park Summerstage, New York, NY

8/11 — Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport, CT

8/12 — Boarding House Park, Lowell, MA

8/14 — Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA (Opened for Allman Brothers)

2008

4/3 — Beacon Theater, New York, NY

4/4 — Beacon Theater, New York, NY

4/5 — Beacon Theater, New York, NY

4/8 — Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD

4/9 — Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD

8/25 — Hershey Park Pavilion, Hershey, PA (Opened for Allman Brothers)

11/3 — The National, Richmond, VA

11/5 — Warner Theater, Washington, DC

11/6 — Warner Theater, Washington, DC

11/12 — Prudential Hall, Newark, NJ

2009

7/8 — Snagajob.com Pavilion, Glen Allen, VA

7/25 — Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport, CT

10/19 — Grand Ballroom, New York, NY

10/20 — Grand Ballroom, New York, NY

2010–2013

Except for early 2010 Jamaica shows, RatDog on hiatus through 2014 while Bob Weir and Phil Lesh touring with their other band, Furthur

2014

2/17 — Lincoln Theater, Washington, DC

2/18 — Lincoln Theater, Washington, DC

2/24 — House of Blues, Boston, MA

2/25 — House of Blues, Boston, MA

6/4 — Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY (Headcount 10th Anniversary Benefit)