There are now two projects that see members of The National paired with jam band titans. As previously reported, Phish frontman Trey Anastasio recruited members of both The National and Mates of State for his new solo album. Now, Rolling Stone brings us news of a one-off collaboration between the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and The National’s Scott and Bryan Devendorf.
On March 24th, the trio will perform a live webcast from Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael, California on March 24th. The set will comprise songs from both the Grateful Dead and National’s catalogs, as well as “politically minded cover songs.” In between sets, Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow will host a roundtable discussion, alongside Weir, discussing issues such as First Amendment rights and the Occupy moment. Aptly called The Bridge Session, the goal of the collaboration is to “bridge the gaps” between people of different ideological standpoints.
The concert also serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit group HeadCount and you can win tickets to attend it live on their website.