The Big Swell – Rising Up To Paradise, 2018-12-31,Kauai, HI

Posted by Green on January 7, 2019
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Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann joined forces to headline the inaugural Rising Up To Paradise event at the Crazy Rooster Ranch on Kauai’s North Shore in Hawaii on New Year’s Eve. The Dead & Company band mates fronted an ensemble dubbed The Big Swell with a rotating cast of musicians.

Weir and Kreutzmann initially took the stage with keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, bassist Robin Sylvester, percussionist Wally Ingram and guitarist Steve Kimock to kick off the first of two marathon sets with “Sugar Magnolia.” Next up was a memorable “Cassidy” as rain started to fall on the crowd. A particularly groovy “Franklin’s Tower” followed along with “Tennessee Jed.” The legendary Taj Mahal then made a guest appearance to team with Weir, Kreutzmann, Ingram and bassist Don Was for “Deep Elem Blues” and “I’ve Been All Around This World.” Bobby, Billy, Don, Wally, Jeff, Robin and Steve went on to end the frame with a full “Weather Report Suite” including a “Let It Grow” finale.

Set One
Sugar Magnolia
Cassidy
Franklin’s Tower
Tennessee Jed
Deep Elem Blues
I’ve Been All Around This World
Weather Report Suite: Prelude / Part I
Let It Grow

Set Two
Help On The Way
Slipknot!
Scarlet Begonias
Fiyo On The Bayou
Sugaree
Iko, Iko
Drums
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
New Years Countdown
The Music Never Stopped
Touch of Grey

Encore
Ripple

Notes
Deep Elem Blues and I’ve Been All Around This World with Taj Mahal (guitar and vocals), Don Was (bass)
Weather Report Suite with Don Was on bass
Fiyo on the Bayou through Iko Iko with George Porter, Jr. on bass and vocals

Band
Bob Weir
Bill Kreutzmann
Steve Kimock
Jeff Chimenti
Robyn Sylvester
Wally Ingram

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