John Mayer will be playing in the sand event due to COVID

John Mayer will sit out the first weekend of the upcoming Playing in the Sand event in Mexico after positive testing for COVID-19. The event, which is traditionally headlined by Dead & Company, is set to take place January 7-10 and January 13-16 in Riviera Cancun. According to an announcement from Dead & Company, Mayer will be hosting the festivities from January 7-10. Instead, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge of Dead & Company will perform as Dos Hermanos con Amigos during the first weekend of the event. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist / singer Tom Hamilton, Wolf Bros / RatDog drummer Jay Lane and special guests such as Margo Price are scheduled to perform with the Dead & Company members.

A note forming the band reads:

“Today, just before leaving for Mexico, according to his doctor, @JohnMayer tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to perform at the upcoming” Playing in the Sand “event in Riviera Cancun January 7-10. This weekend will now feature Dos Hermanos con Amigos: @MickeyHart and @BobWeir with Jeff Chimenti and @OteilBurbridge, along with @LuvrzLane, @TommyHamilton and including special guests and sit-ins including @MissMargoPrice and others … “

Weir also added in a statement, “We came down here to have fun. Unfortunately, some of our brothers can not make it, but fun is what we will have.”

Dead & Company drummer Bill Kreutzmann announced earlier this year that he will be playing Playing in the Sand this year due to a medical issue unrelated to COVID. In 2017, Hamilton also played with Weir and other members of Dead & Company as Los Muertos during a Mexican destination event.

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