2012

Please feel free to e-mail Si with any additions or amendments. Thanks to all those who have contributed below!

01/09/12 Pool Deck – Jam Cruise
Country Doctor, Go Back to Your Woods, Funhouse, Simple Prayer, Prairie Dog Town, Jack of Diamonds > Valley Road, Pete and Manny, This Too Shall Pass, Line in the Dust, Talk of the Town, Sunflower Cat, Across the River, White-Wheeled Limousine


01/10/12 Pool Deck – Jam Cruise
Space is the Place, Tango King, King of the Hill > Big Boss Man > Tempus Fugit, Shadow Hand, Drunken Hiccups > Valley Road**, Big Rumble, Mandolin Rain, Straight No Chaser > Rainbow’s Cadillac > (Who Knows jam)
Comments: Steve Kimock sat in for the entire set.


01/28/12 Shepherds Bush Empire – London, UK
Set One: (Shostakovich) > The Road Not Taken, Valley Road, Black Rats of London, Don of Dons, Soon Enough, Where’s the Bat, 20/20 Vision > Night on the Town, Catenaires > Talk of the Town > Charlie Woody and You, I Can’t Make You Love Me
Set Two: Country Doctor, Dreaded Spoon, Crown of Jewels, End of the Innocence, Hymn in C, Spider Fingers > Questions and Answers, The Way It Is, Fortunate Son, Mandolin Rain
Encore: What the Hell Happened
Encore 2: Standing on the Moon > Halcyon Days
Comments: first solo show of 2012.


01/30/12 Royal Concert Hall – Glasgow, UK
Set One: (Shostakovich) > China Doll, Lost in the Snow, Sad Moon, Song C > Sad Moon, Lost Soul, Heir Gordon, (Schoenberg), Neighbourhood Watch, (Don of Dons), Soon Enough, Mandolin Rain
Set Two: Valley Road > (Life of the Party), The Road Not Taken > (Hole in My Bucket) > (Working in a Coalmine), End of the Innocence, 20/20 Vision, I Can’t Make You Love Me, The Way It Is
Encore: What the Hell Happened, Spider Fingers > (Questions and Answers)
Comments: part of the Celtic Connections Festival. ‘Soon Enough’ with Jerry Douglas, remainder of show until solo encore was with Jerry Douglas and Tim O’Brien


02/07/12 The Strand – York, PA
The Road Not Taken, Harbor Lights, Who Takes Care of Mom, ???, Soon Enough, End of the Innocence, Preacher in the Ring, The Way It Is, 20/20 Vision, Night on the Town, What the Hell Happened, Hooray for Tom, Fortunate Son > (Southbound)
Encore: Mandolin Rain, King of the Hill
Comments: Solo show


02/08/12 Grand Opera House – Wilmington, DE
Set One: (Shostakovich), Instrumental (from Red Hook Summer Soundtrack, upcoming Spike Lee movie), Sticks and Stones (Bruce forgot first verse, sang it after finishing Sticks and Bones), Heir Gordon, Lost in the Snow, Instrumental (Arnold Schoenberg), Paperboy, Look Out Any Window, Sneaking Up On Boo Radley, The End of the Innocence, Gonna be Some Changes Made
Set Two: The Black Rats of London, Sad Moon, The Show Goes On, The Dreaded Spoon, (Super Freak), The Way It Is (bluegrass version), This Too Shall Pass, Talk of the Town > (Catenaires) > Talk of the Town, The Valley Road (bluegrass version)
Encore: Mandolin Rain
Comments: Solo show


02/09/12 Adelphi University – Garden City, NY
Messiaen – Musique de Marseau > China Doll, Big Rock Candy Mountain > Candy Mountain Run, Holy Trinity, Where’s The Bat, Don of Dons, Soon Enough, End of the Innocence, Danny Boy, Catenaires > Preacher in the Ring Part 1, The River Runs Low, Mandolin Rain (Skaggs Version), Shadow Hand > Bach > Shadow Hand, The Way It Is > Bach Goldberg Variations > The Way It Is, 20/20 Vision > Night on the Town > 20/20 Vision
Encore: I Can’t Make You Love Me, Spider Fingers > Questions & Answers > Tighten Up > Spider Fingers
Comments: Solo show


02/11/12 Keswick Theatre – Philadelphia, PA
Song from Spike Lee movie, The Road Not Taken, 20/20 Vision, Night on the Town, Black Rats of London, Heir Gordon, Here We Are Again, Where’s The Bat, End of the Innocence, In the Low Country, The Dreaded Spoon, Valley Road, The Way it Is, Talk of the Town*, Spider Fingers, I Can’t Make You Love Me
Encore: Standing on the Moon > Halycon Days
Comments: Solo show. * denotes with special guest Bobby McFerrin


02/14/12 Carolina Theater – Durham, NC
Set One: Song from Spike Lee movie > China Doll > (Messaien) > China Doll, The Road Not Taken, Classical piece > Paperboy, Where’s the Bat, Don Of Dons, Valley Road (Grateful Dead style), Cyclone, I Can’t Make You Love Me
Set Two: 20/20 Vision > Night on the Town, Sad Moon, (Dirty Ground), Preacher in the Ring I > Catenaires, The Low Country, The Way It Is > Bach Goldberg Variations > The Way It Is, Mandolin Rain (minor key version), Swan Song
Encore: Spider Fingers > Questions and Answers >???,Soon Enough
Comments: Solo show.


02/15/12 Peace Center for the Performing Arts – Greenville, SC
(Shostakovich) > Sticks and Stones, 20/20 Vision (Jimmy Martin) > Night on the Town > Concerto (Schoenberg), Valley Road, End of the Innocence, Who Takes Care of Mom, Where’s the Bat, Big Rock Candy Mountain > Candy Mountain Run, The Low Country, The Way It Is > Goldberg Variations (Bach) > Way It Is, The Show Goes On, What the Hell Happened to Me, Hooray for Tom, King of the Hill, Mandolin Rain.
Encore: Talk of the Town > Charlie Woody and You > Caténaires (Elliot Carter), Standing on the Moon > Wharf Rat > Standing on the Moon > Halcyon Days
Comments: Solo show.


02/17/12 The Palladium – Carmel, IN
Set One: Ligeti intro, Sad Moon, The Road Not Taken, Heir Gordon, Simple Prayer, Where’s the Bat?, End of the Innocence, Nobody There But Me, 20/20 Vision, A Night on the Town
Set Two: Harbor Lights, Valley Road, Hooray for Tom, Invisible, The Way It Is, Talk of the Town, Mandolin Rain, Spider Fingers
Encore: Standing on the Moon, Halcyon Days
Comments: Solo show.


02/25/12 Ferguson Center – Newport News, VA
Red Hook Summer Score > (Ligeti) > China Doll > ‘Bird Music’ (O. Messiaen) > China Doll, Lost in the Snow > ??? > Lost in the Snow, Hooray for Tom, Valley Road, Where’s the Bat, Simple Prayer, End of the Innocence, Love Me Still, Nobody There But Me. 20/20 Vision > Night on the Town, The Way It Is, Black Rats of London, Sneaking Up on Boo Radley > Catenaires (E. Carter) > Sneaking Up on Boo Radley, Mandolin Rain
Encore: I Can’t Make You Love Me, The Don of Dons, Soon Enough
Comments: Solo show.


03/02/12 Smothers Theatre – Malibu, CA
Music from Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer, Sticks and Stones, Sad Moon, End of the Innocence > Song F > End of the Innocence, Heir Gordon, Holy Trinity, Neighborhood Watch, Where’s the Bat, Love Me Still, Valley Road, Look Out Any Window, Talk of the Town > Catenaires > Talk of the Town, The Way It Is, Hooray for Tom, Invisible, Spider Fingers
Encore: I Can’t Make You Love Me, The Low Country
Comments: Solo show.


03/23/12 Stiefel Theatre – Salinas, KS
Piano intro, Preacher in the Ring, Music from Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer, Preacher in the Ring, Catenaires, China Doll > Messiaen’s Musique de Marseau, End of the Innocence, Where’s the Bat?, Don of Dons, Holy Trinity, Valley Road, Fortunate Son, Dreaded Spoon, The Way It Is, (I am a Man of Constant Sorrow), (Ocean of Diamonds), Nobody There But Me, 20/20 Vision, Talk of the Town
Encore: Maindolin Rain, Cyclone
Comments: solo show.


03/31/12 Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA
Music from Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer > Sticks and Stones, Heir Gordon, Preacher in the Ring, Banter, Where’s the Bat?, Continents Drift, Valley Road, 20/20 Vision > Night on the Town
Set with Bob Weir: Too Much Monkey Business, Most of the Time, Lady with a Fan > Dark Star > The Other One, Me and My Uncle
Encore: Hell in a Bucket
Comments: first set Bruce solo. Second set Bob Weir solo. Third set together.


04/01/12 Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA
Music from Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer > China Doll > Music of the Birds, Big Rock Candy Mountain > Candy Mountain Run, Paperboy, (new song), Superfreak, Talk of the Town > Charlie Woody and You > Catenaires, The Way It Is, Mandolin Rain, King of the Hill
Set with Bob Weir: Sugaree, Looks Like Rain, Mexicali Blues, Standing on the Moon > Dark Star > Jack Straw
Encore: Ripple
Comments: first set Bruce solo. Second set Bob Weir solo. Third set together.


04/07/12 Tower Theater – Bend, OR
New song, Heir Gordon, Holy Trinity, Where’s the Bat > Study No 22, Here We Are Again, End of the Innocence > Song F, Shadow Hand, Talk of the Town > Catenaires, Mandolin Rain, Country Doctor, The Way It Is, Continents Drift, I Can’t Make You Love Me, Sneaking Up On Boo Radley, 20/20 Vision > Talk of the Town
Encore: Valley Road, Dreaded Spoon, Hooray for Tom
Comments: solo show.


05/04/12 New Orleans Jazz Fest – New Orleans, LA
Sunflower Cat > Lot to Laugh Train to Cry, (Straight, No Chaser) > Rainbow’s Cadillac, Dirty Ground, The Way It Is*, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Tango King*, Jacob’s Ladder > Cartoons and Candy, White-Wheeled Limousine > Long Black Veil > Just One Drink > White-Wheeled Limousine Reprise
Comments: Rainbow’s Cadillac and Jacob’s/Cartoons on accordion. Dirty Ground first time ever with the band. * w/Bonerama.


06/10/12 Three Rivers Music Festival – Pittsburgh, PA
Great Divide, Resting Place, Space Is the Place, Mandolin Rain > Black Muddy River > Mandolin Rain, Cyclone, Drunken Hiccups > Valley Road, Defenders of the Flag, Big Rock Candy Mountain > Candy Mountain Run, Tango King, The Way It Is


06/13/12 Musikfest Cafe – Bethehem, PA
Country Doctor, Lost In The Snow, End Of The Innocence, Funhouse, The Good Life, Prairie Dog Town, Might As Well Be Me (new Robert Hunter song), Tuesday Afternoon > Sunflower Cat > ? > Will It Go Round In Circles > Tuesday Afternoon, (Brick House), Big Stick, Mandolin Rain > Brokedown Palace, Gonna Be Some Changes Made, The Long Race (channeling Levon Helms’ voice-unreleased version with Bruce), The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Way It Is, Dreamland, Little Sadie > White-Wheeled Limousine > Grand Tour


06/14/12 Party in the Park – Rochester, NY
Straight No Chaser > Rainbow’s Cadillac (with Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet);, Go Back To Your Woods, Dirty Ground, Mandolin Rain >Black Muddy River > Sad Mood > Mandolin Rain, The Good Life*, Prairie Dog Town*, Genesee Ted/Tennessee Jed, Jacob’s Ladder** > Cartoons and Candy**, The Way It Is, Big Rock Candy Mountain > Candy Mountain Run, Big Rumble
Comments: * denotes on dulcimer. ** denotes on accordion. Jennifer Hartswick is lead singer/horn player for Van Ghost, who opened.


06/16/12 Kentucky Theater – Lexington, KY
Red Plains, So Out, Might As Well Be Me, End of the Innocence, I Truly Understand, Pig In The Pen*, The Good Life*, Prairie Dog Town*, Nobody There But Me, Rainbow’s Cadillac, Tango King, King of the Hill > Mystery Train, minor key Mandolin Rain > Mandolin Rain > Sad Mood, Preacher In The Ring Part One > Preacher in the Ring Part Two > The Way It Is, Big Rumble
Comments: * denotes on dulcimer.


06/17/12 Park West – Chicago, IL
Great Divide, Stander on the Mountain, Circus on the Moon, This Too Shall Pass, Across the River, The Good Life*, Prairie Dog Town*, Jack Of Diamonds* > Valley Road*, Pete and Manny > Scarlet Begonias, Mandolin Rain > That Would Be Something, (Time Machine Sounds) > The Way It Is, Tango King, Big Rock Candy Mountain Run > Candy Mountain Run
Encore: Swan Song
Comments: * denotes on dulcimer.


06/19/12 Minnesota Zoo – Apple Valley, MN
Take Out The Trash, Go Back To Your Woods, Dirty Ground, End Of The Innocence, Resting Place, The Good Life*, Prairie Dog Town > Midnight Rider*, When I Paint My Masterpiece, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Mandolin Rain, Jacob’s Ladder > Super Freak > Cartoons & Candy > Jacob’s Ladder, The Way It Is, Rainbow’s Cadillac, Big Rock Candy Mountain > Candy Mountain Run


06/20/12 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
King Of The Hill, Mystery Train, So Out, Might As Well Be Me, Mandolin Rain (violin by Allie Kral of Cornmeal who sits in until encore), Sad Mood, Great Divide (acoustic guitar by Kris Nowak; sax & violin trade licks), Shadow Hand*, Prairie Dog Town*, Big Stick**, Jacob’s Ladder** > Cartoons & Candy** > Jacob’s Ladder**, (Time Machine intro?) > The Way It Is, Across The River, Sunflower Cat > It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry > When Doves Cry > Train To Cry
Comments: * denotes on dulcimer; ** on accordion. Mandolin Rain onwards featuring Allie Kral from Cornmeal on violin.


06/21/12 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO
Bird Music > Another Day > Great Divide, So Out, Might As Well Be Me, start of Show Goes On (pause for big laugh at someone dropping a glass), The Show Goes On, Spider Fingers, Good Life*, Darling Corey* > Prairie Dog Town*, Shadow Hand*, Defenders of the Flag**, Resting Place, Mandolin Rain > Black Muddy River, Swan Song
Encore: Dirty Ground, The Way It Is
Comments: * denotes on dulcimer; ** on accordion.


06/23/12 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, CO
Candy Mountain Run, Sunflower Cat > It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry > Sunflower Cat, Might As Well Be Me, Great Divide, Mandolin Rain, That Would Be Something, Mandolin Rain, The Good Life, Prairie Dog Town, Jacob’s Ladder > Cartoons and Candy > Jacob’s Ladder > The Way It Is
Encore: Rainbow’s Cadillac
Comments: Great Divide onwards with Chris Thile. Mandolin Rain onwards with Bela Fleck. Jacob’s Ladder onwards with Sam Bush.


07/19/12 All Good Music Festival, Thornville, OH
Bird Song, Other One jam, Great Divide, Rainbow’s Cadillac, Franklin’s Tower, Hell in a Bucket, Wharf Rat, Scarlet Begonias, Jack Straw
Comments: whole set with Bob Weir and Branford Marsalis


07/20/12 Gathering of the Vibes – Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT
Too Much Monkey Business, Dark Star, Chicago Blues Jam, King of the Hill, Big Boss Man, Might as Well Be Me, Me and My Uncle, Mexicali Blues, Standing on the Moon, The Other One, Playing in the Band
Comments: whole set with Bob Weir and Branford Marsalis


07/22/12 Jamesville Beach Park – Jamesville, NY
Sunflower Cat > Lot to Laugh Train to Cry, Go Back to Your Woods > (Dirty Ground), Tango King, Mandolin Rain > Preacher Man > That Would Be Something, The Good Life, Prairie Dog Town, Big Stick, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Way It Is, Big Rumble


07/25/12 NYCB Theatre – Westbury, NY
Simple Prayer (version from the musical) > Simple Prayer, Country Doctor, Walk in the Sun, Up With People, End of the Innocence, The Good Life, Valley Road, Prairie Dog Town, Defenders of the Flag, Nobody There But Me, Funhouse, Sunflower Cat > Lot to Laugh Train to Cry > Sunflower Cat
Encore – Mandolin Rain > Black Muddy River
Comments: * denotes on dulcimer; ** on accordion.


07/26/12 Jobs.com Pavilion, Fredericksburg, VA
See the Same Way, (Classical) > Gonna Be Some Changes Made, Mirror on the Wall, End of the Innocence, Space is the Place (featuring Russell Hornsby), The Good Life*, Prairie Dog Town*, Jacob’s Ladder** > I Put a Spell on You, cartoon and Candy, Mabdolin Rain, Sunflower Cat > Lot to Laugh Train to Cry, The Way It Is
Encore: Swan Song
Comments: * denotes on dulcimer; ** on accordion.


07/29/12 Floydfest – Floyd, VA
Prairie Dog Town*, Jacob’s Ladder, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Way It Is, Rainbow’s Cadillac
Comments: * denotes w/Andy Leftwich, Ricky Skaggs and Cody Kilby.


08/18/12 Hoxeyville Music Festival – Wellston, MI
Big Rock Candy Mountain > Candy Mountain Run, See the Same Way, Mirror on the Wall, End of the Innocence, Funhouse > You Sexy Thing, Won’t Get Fooled again/banter, The Good Life, Valley Road, Prairie Dog Town, Super Freak, Jacob’s Ladder* > Cartoons and Candy* > Jacob’s Ladder*, The Way It Is, Sunflower Cat > No Diggity > Sunflower Cat, Fortunate Son, Rainbow’s Cadillac**
Comments: * denotes on accordion; ** w/Paul Hoffman on mandolin.


09/13/12 Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival – Fredericton, NB
Try Anything Once, Big Rock Candy Mountain > Candy Mountain Run, See the Same Way, Might As Well Be Me, End of the Innocence, Resting Place, Tango King, Valley Road, Prairie Dog Town, Big Stick, Terrapin Station > Across the River
Encore: The Way It Is
Comments: Noisemakers show.


09/22/12 Anderson Center for the Arts – Binghamton, NY
Schoenberg > Might As Well Be Me, Preacher in the Ring I > Catenaires, End of the Innocence, Where’s the Bat, Invisible, The Don of Dons, Valley Road, Song in E Flat Major > I Can’t Make You Love Me, In the Low Country, SCKSTD chat, Talk of the Town, Charlie Woody and You, 20/20 Vision > Night on the Town, Circus on the Moon, Heir Gordon, The Way It Is, Spider Fingers
Encore: Standing on the Moon > Halcyon Days > Hymn in C, Anna Lee (tribute to Levon Helm)
Comments: solo show.


09/26/12 Center for the Arts – Amherst, NY
Might As Well Be Me, Song in E Flat > Harbor Lights, Lost in the Snow, Where’s the Bat, The Don of Dons, End of the Innocence, Gonna Be Some Changes Made, Valley Road, Sneaking Up On Boo Radley, The Dreaded Spoon, 20/20 Vision > Night on the Town, Mandolin Rain (minor key version), I Can’t Make You Love Me, Country Doctor, The Way It Is, Hymn in C, Spider Fingers
Encore: Straight No Chaser, Continents Drift
Comments: solo show.


11/02/12 FM Kirby Center – Wilkes Barre, PA
Schoenberg, Might As Well Be Me, Preacher in the Ring I > Webern > Catenaires, End of the Innocence, Where’s the Bat, Continents Drift > Tie a Yellow Ribbon, Valley Road, The Show Goes On, Hymn in C, Talk of the Town, Mandolin frain, 20/20 Vision > Night on the Town, I Can’t Make You Love Me, The Way It Is, Spider Fingers, He Stopped Loving Her Today, The Grand Tour, Just One More, Standing on the Mon > Halcyon Days
Comments: solo show.


12/16/12 Kent Stage – Kent, OH
(Schoenberg) > Might As Well Be Me, Preacher in the Ring I > Catenaires > Preacher in the Ring I, Heir Gordon > Big Chief (Professor Longhair), End of the Innocence > Song E flat, Schlager story, Invisible (alternative lyrics – SCKBSTD version), Don of Dons, Where’s the Bat, Valley Road, Lost in the Snow, Talk of the Town > (Charles Ives), Hymn in C, Circus on the Moon, I Can’t Make You Love Me, 20/20 Vision > Night on the Town, Nobody There But Me, The Way It Is > Goldberg Variations > The Way It Is, Spider Fingers > Questions and Answers > Spider Fingers
Encore: Music of the Birds > Mandolin Rain (minor key)
Comments: solo show.


12/20/12 Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, NY
Sticks and Stones, The Road Not Taken, Preacher in the Ring I > Catenaires > Preacher in the Ring I, End of the Innocence, Invisible, (Schoenberg) > Paperboy, Where’s the Bat, Valley Road, The Way It Is > Goldberg Variations, The Way It Is, Nobody There But Me, Song in E Flat Major, Sad Moon, I Can’t Make You Love Me, Spider Fingers > Questions and Answers > (Every Little Kiss) > Spider Fingers, Fortunate Son, Dreaded Spoon, 20/20 Vision > Night on the Town
Encore: Mandolin Rain (minor key)
Comments: solo show.


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13 Comments

  1. Dean Osborn
    January 29, 12:12

    LONDON 1/28: I was there and it was a great concert, Bruce seemed to really enjoy himself and had plenty of interaction with the crowd. Please don’t leave it so long to come back to the UK next time Bruce- thanks for a great show!

  2. amanda Noble
    January 29, 12:27

    LONDON 1/28: Been a Bruce Hornsby fan since the moment I first heard The Way It Is. Was at Shepherd’s Bush last night and I loved every minute. Hope you come back and play in the UK soon. X

    • Richard Hart
      February 08, 01:10

      Just heard “20/20” on the BBC: not the tune I was thinking of, but a great one, nonetheless. (I think I heard Dylan play it when Campbell and Sexton were both in his band.)

  3. badger
    January 29, 13:59

    LONDON 1/28: fantastic – playing better than ever, agree with Dean Bruce really seemed to enjoy himself – COME BACK SOON!!!

  4. Chris Cottam
    January 30, 09:54

    LONDON 1/28: Had front row seats to this. Amazing show. Could have listened to him play for another 3 hours.

  5. Martin t
    January 30, 19:43

    LONDON 1/28: Fabulous night, first time I’d ever seen Bruce live (we Brits have to wait soooooooo long) and he was everything I hoped for. Closing the first half of the evening with “I can’t make you love me” was very special!

  6. Dan
    July 25, 13:59

    If anyone has the set from Ocean City, NJ, July 24, 2012, please post it. Great show at an intimate venue, the Ocean City Music Pier on the boardwalk, leading Bruce to do a little “Under the Boardwalk” jam. Much of the crowd was less than energetic yet Bruce and the band still find the energy amongst themselves to put on an excellent show.

  7. […] It was a good evening out and a couple of the highlights for me were the set opener The Great Divide and when he performed Scarlet Begonias into Mandolin Rain. Here is the complete set list. […]

  8. Alicia
    November 06, 21:49

    Cou; you provide the setlists for the Harborfest event in June and th3e Cherokee NC concert in Oct 2012, Thanks so much! Alicia

  9. […] It was a good evening out and a couple of the highlights for me were the set opener The Great Divide and when he performed Scarlet Begonias into Mandolin Rain. Here is the complete set list. […]

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