Bill Kreutzmann and Papa Mali rolled through San Francisco this past Friday night for a big bay area appearance of 7 Walker’s at Slim’s Music Hall. This swampadelic GD offshoot also features George Porter Jr. of the meters on bass and Matt Hubbard on keyboards. The bluesy, gritty foursome has matured in big ways since they formed a few years ago. Their sound is bigger, bolder, and way more defined now (not to mention they’ve upgraded their light rig a ton as well). Friday night’s show included a bunch of cuts from their studio album such as an extended and exciting take on their self-titled Seven Walkers track. The band also offered up seriously jammed out and heavy-hitting dead classics, especially in set 2, like a rollicking Eyes (George Porter on vocals) and a jaw-dropping Rider that Papa Mali took down with serious emotion.
7 Walkers ~ Slim’s SF ~ 3/23/2012
Set 1: Jam -> Sue from Bogalusa, He’s Gone, Bird Song, Just Kissed My Baby*, Death Don’t Have No Mercy, Hey Bo Diddle, Smokestack Lightning
Set 2: King Cotton Blues -> Eyes of the World -> For the Love of Mr. Okra -> New Orleans Crawl -> Seven Walkers, I Know You Rider
Encore: Wharf Rat
* – w/ Zigaboo Modeliste on Drums, no Bill
Recording coming ASAP
Check out more great pics from the show over at Deadheadland.com