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Dead & Company Play Backyard Benefit, Raise Over $1 Million for Ocean Preservation

July 10, 2018
Photo by Brande Jackson, via Dead & Company Instagram

Dead & Company performed their smallest show ever on Saturday, July 7, as a part of “Rock Under the Stars,” a backyard charity event in Hollywood, Calif.

Taking donations from the intimate audience of 200 people, the band raised $1.1 million for Oceana, an aquatic preservation organization.

“Going from a stadium to a house party is a very interesting dynamic, but the point is a musician is privileged to be a musician and musicians should give back that privilege,” Mickey Hart told Billboard. “In general, you gotta defend the treasures. One of them is the oceans and you have to defend it however you can. You have to fight the evil that’s in the White House now with everything you have. So any night I can raise a million dollars is a good
night.”

In a brief, yet fiery single set, Dead & Co. played crowd pleasers like an opening “Samson & Delilah” and a closing “Touch of Grey,” while still getting heady with a winding “Dark Star” Jam that eventually reappeared later in the set.

The band will get back to their regularly scheduled programming on Wednesday, July 11 in Albuquerque, NM before they close their summer tour with two nights in Boulder, Colo.

Check out the full setlist below:

Dead & Company

Oceana Benefit
Private Residence, Hollywood, Calif.

Samson & Delilah> Dark Star> Brown-Eyed Women, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Franklin’s Tower, Dark Star, Shakedown Street, Touch of Grey