Two birds and a dog in Columbus, Ohi

The Black Crowes/Ratdog
Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
Columbus, Ohio
July 5, 2009

Combining two equally impressive performances into one night, the Black Crowes and Ratdog joined forces to shower the faithful at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio on July 5 with touches of The Beatles, Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan.

The Black Crowes turned their focus towards the 2008 album Warpaint, with a fired up rendering of the disc’s closing number, "Whoa Mule." It was an opportunity to see and hear Luther Dickinson add his colorful electric guitar shadings to the earthy southern tones of guitarist Rich Robinson’s leads. Bob Weir stepped onstage, and added his thick fuzz-like distorted rhythm playing to the Bob Dylan penned, "Girl From the North Country."

Ratdog, featuring Weir, circled through Dead classics like "Jack Straw" and "Dark Star" with a jazz-centered intensity. Their reworking of the Dead’s "Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodleoo" was the most inspired song of the evening, and Black Crowe lead singer Chris Robinson bounded onstage to nail a perfect cover of The Beatles’ "Dear Prudence."

Guitarist and singer Jackie Greene also received the Luther Dickinson and Chris Robinson touch during his abbreviated set via a soulful and shaking "Sugaree" that had the Columbus crowd on their feet, shouting back to the performers with big smiles on their faces.