Home For the Holidays featured a stacked lineup of top of the line musicians in the Dead community including Melvin Seals, Oteil Burbridge, Tom Hamilton, Duane Trucks, Jacklyn LaBranch, and Lady Chi.
They played Jerry Garcia Band staples like “Tore Up Over You,” “My Sisters and Brothers,” and “Reuben and Cherise.” The first set started with “How Sweet It Is” and also featured “Shakedown Street,” “Eyes Of the World,” and an electric “Dancing In the Streets.”
Hamilton and Oteil had great chemistry on stage, working off each other’s grooves. Tom was listing vigilantly to where Oteil was going but always checked in to see where Melvin was at. And when it was time to peak, Melvin was really letting it ring!
The second set opened up with “Stop That Train” followed by “Money Honey” and a crowd favorite, “Tore Up Over You.” “My Sisters and Brothers” was touching and full of soul, it is a song about peace and brotherhood after all. The set ended with “Reuben and Cherise” and they encored by getting the whole theatre to sing along to “Shining Star.”