Terrence Higgins, Warren Haynes, and Don Was jam to the music of The Band at MGM National Harbor on Feb. 4, 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
When I first heard of the concept, I scratched my head a little bit. Warren Haynes of Southern rock band Gov’t Mule teamed up with funk musician and producer Don Was to assemble a group of musicians to recreate the setlist of The Last Waltz, the concert film that captured the last performance of The Band.
The Last Waltz 40 band with Michael McDonald (left) performing at Jazz Fest in New Orleans on April 30, 2016. (Photo by Joshua Timmermans)
The Band performed its farewell show on Nov. 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, and company had worked with Bob Dylan, and Dylan and other special guests appeared during that final concert to jam along with The Band.