The Weir is here. Indy has hosted some of the nation’s premiere Grateful Dead influenced bands over the past few months: Terrappin Flyer and Dark Star Orechestra, to name a few. You’ve seen the rest, now see the best. The irreplaceable Bob Weir, longtime rhythm guitarist for the Grateful Dead, will be performing at Old National Center on Tuesday March 11th with his band Ratdog.
Ratdog was officially founded following the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995. Bob Weir, guitarist, and Rob Wasserman, bassist, had toured together under the name “Weir and Wasserman” and “Scaring the Children” sporadically prior to Garcia’s death, but the passing of Garcia really got the wheels spinning on the project.
Needless to say, the group has garnered a large fan base. Aside from hashing out Grateful Dead classics, the band notably performs Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan and other influential classic rock artists, too. Ratdog has hosted a slew of talented musicians in the lineup over the years. Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead percussionist), Bill Kreutzman (Grateful Dead keyboardist), Les Claypool and Trey Anastasio are among the smattering of musicians that have graced the stage alongside Ratdog. Current touring members include Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti, Steve Kimock, Jay Lane, Robin Sylvester and Rob Wasserman.
If you haven’t had your good old fashioned Dead fix this year, are aching for more, or simply want to start preparing for the upcoming festie season (yay!) mosey on down to Old National to witness Ratdog where you can catch a glimpse of good, old Bobby “playin’ in the band”.