The last time Bob Weir played in Monterey, he played to almost 20,000 people in two shows at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.

Of course, he won't get nearly that crowd Sunday night at the Golden State Theatre (its capacity, after all, is 1,000 seats), but then he won't be playing with his longtime Grateful Dead bandmate Phil Lesh in the popular post-Dead band Furthur, which drew capacity crowds in two shows last October at the fairgrounds.

Instead Weir will be playing solo with an opening set by a frequent collaborator, singer-songwriter Jackie Greene. If this final show of a brief seven-concert tour that started Dec. 7 in San Diego follows form, Greene will play a short solo set, followed by a Weir solo set, then a set with the two of them performing mostly Dead music to close things out.

Past shows in the tour have included guests such as acclaimed bassist Rob Wasserman and Los Angeles guitarist Jonathan Wilson, often both musicians joining Weir and Greene for the finale.

The first concert in San Diego even included a guest appearance by San Francisco Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery, who lives in San Diego in the off-season and is an accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right.

And those expecting Weir and Greene to perform songs from the Dead's deep catalog will be happy to know that many of their favorites will show up on the set list. But also expect another trademark of Dead shows, several choice cover tunes from other artists.


The list of the third set last Sunday at the Majestic Fox Theatre in Bakersfield, with Weir, Greene and Wilson all peforming, included the Dead's traditional Sunday number "Samson and Delilah," as well as the blues classic "Big Boss Man," Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried," The Beatles' "Come Together," "Death Don't Have No Mercy" and "Dark Star." The three returned to the stage for the lone encore of "U.S. Blues.

Singer-songwriter Jackie Greene opens for Bob Weir, then joins him for a set at Sunday’s concert in Monterey.
Singer-songwriter Jackie Greene opens for Bob Weir, then joins him for a set at Sunday's concert in Monterey.

The hallmarks of the shows so far is that there is very little repetition; the same song has not been played twice yet (there was a show Tuesday night in Phoenix) and there have been three different encore songs: "Brokedown Palace," "Ripple" and "U.S. Blues."

Which means the set list is more than likely wide open for Sunday's show in Monterey, which follows shows Thursday in Denver and Saturday in Eureka. And since it is the last show on this brief tour, anything could transpire.

Weir and Greene also joined forces earlier this year with Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson and toured as Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio, or WRG.

Weir is used to performing out of the confines of the Grateful Dead, especially after the death of his longtime friend and bandmate Jerry Garcia in 1995.

After the Grateful Dead disbanded that year, Weir performed with The Other Ones, later known as The Dead, together with other former members of the Grateful Dead.

But Weir also founded and played in several other bands during and after his career with the Grateful Dead, including Kingfish, the Bob Weir Band, Bobby and the Midnites, Scaring the Children, RatDog and Furthur, which he co-leads with bassist Phil Lesh.

Weir, who was born in San Francisco and grew up in Atherton, met Garcia when he was just 16 years old on New Year's Eve, 1963, in Palo Alto. The two hit it off musically and decided to start a band, first called Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, then the Warlocks before settling on the Grateful Dead.

Weir played guitar and sang a large portion of the lead vocals through all of the Dead's 30-year career. In 1994, Weir, along with other members of the Grateful Dead, was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2011, Weir founded the Tamalpais Research Institute, or TRI Studios, a high-tech recording studio and virtual music venue that streams live concerts over the Internet in high-definition.

Greene, 32, is actually a local boy, born in Salinas. But he moved to Sacramento in his teens and has been there since. He first gained notice with his 2002 album "Gone Wanderin'" on the DIG Music label, which included the title song, "Mexican Girl," "Tell Me Mama, Tell Me Right," "Judgement Day" and "Freeport Boulevard," all concert staples.

In 2007, Greene joined Phil Lesh and Friends, later toured with Gov't Mule and also performs with The Mother Hips lead man Tim Bluhm as the Skinny Singers.

Greene's 2005 song "I Will Never Let Go" was used in the score for the movie "Brokeback Mountain," which won the Academy Award for Best Original Score, and his songs have appeared on shows such as "Life" and "Private Practice."

Greene is also currently a member of Trigger Hippy, which includes singer Joan Osborne, Steve Gorman, Audley Freed and Nick Govrik.

Mac McDonald can be reached at GO!

What: Bob Weir and Jackie Greene
Where: Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey
When: 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16; doors open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $39.50-47.50, available at the box office or at; $59.50 tickets sold out; convenience fees added