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Bob Weir at the State Theatre August 6th - Solo Acoustic Show
Bob Weir at the State Theatre August 6th - Solo Acoustic Show



609 Congress St.

Portland, ME

Saturday, August 6 at 8pm


Tickets go on-sale FRIDAY, MAY 6 at 10am and will be available in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at

$40 in advance, $45 day of show / General Admission, all ages.

Bob Weir has a secure place in rock history as the Grateful Dead’s co-vocalist and what Andrew Clarke (in one of England’s leading newspapers, "The Independent") called the genre’s "greatest, if most eccentric rhythm guitarist." He is one of the genuinely fine songwriters of the late 20th century.

Born in 1947 and adopted by a rich California engineer, Weir's intense, undiagnosed dyslexia gave him trouble at school. He was labeled a troublemaker and shipped off to boarding school, where he met future songwriting partner John Perry Barlow. After being kicked out of the school, Weir returned to the Bay Area, where he bummed around the burgeoning folk scene and came into contact with musicians like Jerry Garcia, New Riders of the Purple Sage founder David Nelson, and Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. A series of jug bands eventually morphed into the electrified Warlocks who, in turn, became the Grateful Dead following a series of gigs at Ken Kesey's Acid Tests.

Weir developed his odd rhythm style playing between the sweet, articulated lead guitar of Jerry Garcia and the avant-garde bass lines of Phil Lesh, who joined the Dead as a newcomer to his instrument after studying trumpet and serial music with composer Luciano Berio at Mills College in the early '60s. The Dead's sound, a psychedelic hybrid of genres, was developed through endless improvisation. Weir's role as a rhythm player was to give force and color to the developing music. Like a jazz guitarist, Weir was often not evident in the mix, but still a profound shape on the sound.

Although his life has been consumed by music, Weir has spent a good deal of time as a social activist. His work on behalf of Seva (which fights blindness in Asia and South America – he’s a member of the Board) and as an environmental activist (with Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network, among others) have been his primary focus. He’s not only performed at a zillion benefits but also given deeply of his time, including lobbying Congress on various issues.



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