The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir has announced a trio tour with the Wolf Bros — bassist Don Was and drummer Jay Lane — that will come to the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, March 13-14. Tickets, priced from $50 to $119, go on sale Jan. 18 at 10 a.m.; visit thebasie.org.
Was co-founded the group Was (Not Was) and has also produced or co-produced albums for artists such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and The B-52’s. Lane has played in Weir’s RatDog group as well as Phil Lesh & Friends, Primus, the Charlie Hunter Trio and many others.
Weir and the Wolf Bros also toured in the fall, drawing most of their songs from the Grateful Dead repertoire. The Basie shows will be their first in New Jersey.
Other area shows will include the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia, March 8; and the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, Conn., March 2.
“This is more fun than a frog in a glass of milk,” said Weir in a press release. “Don is all over his upright, and Jay needs to somehow be kept in line at times, but it’s all falling together nicely.”
Weir will also tour with Dead and Company (also featuring Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti) this summer. Tickets are already on sale for shows at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, June 20; and Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y., June 23.