Dan Weber, a former national park ranger turned “Deadhead,” is the opening act of the 2019 fall Grassroots Concerts season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in the Journey Church, 5459 Lakers Lane (next to Nisswa School).
It will be the 336th event of the concert series that began in 1988.
In a few short years since his debut to a standing ovation at the Sisters Folk Festival, the ex-ranger has become a sought-after musician for his upbeat and engaging performances, insightful songs and hilarious off-the-cuff stories.
Weber earned status as an Eagle Scout, served as an altar boy and became a “Deadhead” (follower of the Grateful Dead band) before leaving his hometown of Rochester, New York, in 1989 in a beat-up ’78 Pontiac Trans-Am with “a guy named Joe” he’d met in a bar the night before.
He landed in Seattle during the grunge era and lived off the grid in a sheepherder’s trailer in Utah’s remote Canyonlands National Park. Weber moved back north to Portland, Oregon, and settled in a shipyard worker’s house in Vancouver, Washington. Along the way he picked up stories and hitchhikers and eventually picked up a guitar and began writing songs.
Weber released two critically acclaimed CDs - “Ash and Bone” with the instant classic “Hank and Jesus” and “What I’m Lookin’ For” featuring “Oh Woody,” a tribute to Woody Guthrie that rose to No. 2 on the folk music charts.
Weber has toured extensively across the United States, becoming a three-time finalist in the Kerrville New Folk competition. He has two top finishes in the Woody Guthrie songwriting contest.
For more about Weber, go to danwebermusic.com.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention when accompanied by an adult. Seating is first-come, first-served.
The rest of the 2019 fall concert season:
- Oct. 11: David Huckfelt (www.davidhuckfelt.com).
- Oct. 25: Antje Duvekot (www.antjeduvekot.com).
- Nov 8: Cuckoo Bees (on Facebook).
- Nov. 22: Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers (www.sapsuckersmusic.com).
For more about Grassroots Concerts, go to www.grassrootsconcerts.org. At each concert Grassroots welcomes nonperishable food or cash donations to the local food shelf.