Bob Weir And The National Team Up Together For Historic “Bridge Session” Benefit Concert

by (@unclegrambo)

If you were playing Family Feud and the category was “Iconic Bridges of the USA,” the top two answers on the board would almost certainly be San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge. This thinking almost certainly went into play for this weekend’s aptly named Bridge Session benefit concert, which saw San Francisco’s own Bob Weir (of Grateful Dead fame, natch) team up with a cadre of Brooklyn indie rockers from bands like The National, The Walkmen, and Takka Takka for a series of collaborative songs from these bands’ catalogs.

If you think about it, though, the Bridge Session is not just a literal reference to a structure that rises over the water. If you stretch the Bridge reference into more metaphorical territory, one could infer that music itself is a bridge that connects generations — in this case, the Baby Boomers and Generation X.

Regardless of what the gents intended to convey with the name Bridge Session, the results were magical. This supergroup played two sets, which included covers of Bob Dylan’s “Most of the Time”, and Cass McCombs‘ “Love Thine Enemy.” In between sets, a discussion panel took place where they covered everything from politics, energy production, women’s rights, and everything in between. After taking questions from Twitter and Facebook, the lights were dimmed and they performed a 2 song encore acoustically, including the version of “Uncle John’s Band” we have for you above!

Full set list below:

First Set: Help On The Way / Love Thine Enemy (Cass McCombs) / Looks Like Rain / El Paso / Friend Of The Devil / Cassidy / Daughters Of The Soho Riots (The National) / My Brother Esau

Second Set: Me + My Uncle / Fake Empire (The National) / Most Of The Time (Bob Dylan) / Brown Eyed Woman / The Other One / Standing On The Moon / I Know You Rider

Encore: Ripple / Uncle John’s Band / Brokedown Palace

WATCH: Bob Weir And The National’s Intimate Show At TRI Studios [Yahoo! Music]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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