Born in San Francisco, California, Bob Weir developed a love for music from an early age. Having a difficult time at school due to an untreated learning disability, Weir tuned his attention to instruments as a way of coping with his constant turmoil. In his early teens, he started to learn how to play the guitar and a few years later, after a chance encounter with guitarist and singer Jerry Garcia, Weir decided to form a band. The group consisted of Weir – on rhythm guitar and backing vocals – and Garcia as the bandleader, along with friends of both musicians. It would go on to be known as the Grateful Dead, one of the most iconic psychedelic rock bands of the 20th
Over the course of his thirty-year tenure with the Grateful Dead, Weir grew to become one of the best guitarists in rock music. During that period, his versatility was only been rivaled by his constant evolution as an artist. With Weir diversifying his skillset with instruments like the slide guitar, his band-made Phil Lesh described his guitar playing as "quirky, whimsical and goofy." He also commended Weir’s ability to do with four fingers on a guitar what would an accomplished pianist would need ten fingers to do on a piano. Even after the Grateful Dead disbanded, Weir continued to live up to his reputation for his complex voiceleading style of playing.
To date, Weir released thirteen studio albums with the Grateful Dead and many more with his other projects, such as The Other Ones and RatDog. As a member of the Grateful Dead, he is also an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Moreover, Weir has been immortalized by Rolling Stone
magazine, which ranked the Grateful Dead as number fifty-seven on its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
list. Jackie Greene
is also a native of California and began his life in music, as in the case of most great artists, when he was just a child. During these formative years, he learned the piano and by the time he was a teenager, Greene moved on to the guitar. Before long, he was performing with small bands in local venues. A few years later, Greene started to write his own songs, which he would record, mix and sell by himself. After having earned enough money to rent a studio, Greene began working on his first full-length album. The debut was titled Rusty Nails
and received much acclaim from a number of critics, who commended Greene’s unique blend of jazz, blues, folk and general Americana overtones.
Following his first release, Greene continued to gain traction and, with his second album Gone Wanderin’
, won the 2003 California Music Award for the Best Blues/Roots
album. Since then, Greene has toured extensively all over the United States with such established acts as B.B. King, Mark Knopfler, Phil Lesh and RatDog, among others. He has performed at several large music festivals like SXSW, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Newport Folk, Rothbury, Newport Jazz and many others. He has also made several prominent television appearances, notably on Late Night with Conan O’Brien
Greene’s biggest achievement to date, however, has been to land a track on the score for Oscar-nominated film Brokeback Mountain. The score went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Score
and propelled Greene into the limelight.
Both these artists have huge fan followings, with their concerts being attended by thousands of people. A Bob Weir and Jackie Greene
tour is sure to be an even bigger audience draw. As they take the stage together all over America, they are bound to put on some of the year’s most exciting concerts. Eager fans will be happy to know that Bob Weir and Jackie Greene tickets
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