Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon surprised concertgoers at a recent Dead & Company show by coming out on stage and performing a few songs with the group. The well-known singer/songwriter assisted the group in performing Grateful Dead hits, “Black Muddy River,” “Friend of the Devil” and “Bird Song” at the end of their first set of the night. The talented musician even showed off his incredible guitar skills with a few solo moments throughout the performance.
The show, which was at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin, is a part of the group’s summer 2018 tour that started at the end of May in Mansfield, MA and will end in mid-July at Folsom Field in Boulder, CO.
The group is made up of Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir along with musicians John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti. They last toured in fall of 2017 and have expressed their excitement for this current tour, as they love the distortion of time that comes along with performing new and old songs in today’s day and age.
Watch a clip of Justin Vernon’s surprise performance with Dead & Company above.