Fans of the Grateful Dead can start grinning when guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir brings his new band RatDog back to downtown Geneva for a night of music. Stone Tower Concerts presents “An Evening with RatDog,” at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street.
General admission tickets for $30 go on sale at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Call 781-LIVE or toll-free 866-355-LIVE for details or to order tickets.
RatDog, which began to coalesce around 1995 just before Jerry Garcia passed away, often sprinkles its set lists with Dead classics (many penned by Weir himself). The band's ever changing line-up likewise often rotates in Grateful Dead veterans like drummer Mickey Hart and bass player Rob Wasserman as well as other surprises – true to form, a jam is still a jam, and that mean's everybody is invited.
RatDog's music represents Weir's complete repertoire, from blues like “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and “Little Red Rooster” to the psychedelic stylings of his Grateful Dead classics “Playing in the Band,” “The Other One,” and “Throwing Stones,” to Dead rockers “Cassidy,” “One More Saturday Night,” and “Sugar Magnolia,” to some of his solo material, like “Josephine” and “Bombs Away.”
The 2000 release of the band's first studio album, “Evening Moods,” added a bevy of hot tunes to the song list, including “Odessa,” “Bury Me Standing,” “Two Djinn,” and “Ashes and Glass.” 2001 saw the release of “Live at Roseland,” a double-CD collection from a Portland, Oregon show, and a big favorite among Dead Heads.
This show represents the band’s third time playing at the 109 year-old Geneva landmark. Both of their previous concerts were complete sell-outs. They last appeared in May, 2002.