Chris Robinson Surprises Phil Lesh At Birthday Show

Last night, Phil Lesh celebrated his 74th birthday by jamming the night away at his Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA during a surprise-filled two-set show that started around 8 p.m. and went well beyond midnight. While Anders Osborne was unable to perform once again due to a fierce case of the flu, Tommy Hamilton (American Babies, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Brothers Past) stepped into the guitar role for the entire evening. Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson surprised his old friend with an unexpected appearance during set break and spent most of the second set onstage with the band.

The core band for Lesh's birthday show featured Phil supported by Hamilton, Jackie Greene, Adam MacDougall (Black Crowes/Chris Robinson Brotherhood) and Joe Russo (Furthur/Joe Russo's Almost Dead) in the streamer-festooned venue. Greene returned to the fold after missing Friday night's gig with the flu. Jackie, Tommy and Phil took turns leading the band through Grateful Dead classics in the first set with the only exception being a version of Greene's "Prayer For Spanish Harlem."

At setbreak, Phil was greeted in the bar by his old friend Chris Robinson. Robinson's appearance was a surprise to Lesh and he feted Phil by singing him The Beatles's "Birthday" in the bar before sticking around for the majority of the second set and encore. With Robinson on stage attendees witnessed a band that featured three members of The Black Crowes as Chris toured with MacDougall and Greene in the latest version of the band. Chris handled vocals on the "Bertha," "They Love Each Other," "The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion)," "Sugaree" sequence that kicked off the closing stanza. Alex Koford emerged on percussion for a drum duet with Russo following a Lesh-sung take on "Mountains Of The Moon." Robinson had another turn fronting the ensemble on "Caution (Don't Stop On The Tracks)," "Got My Mojo Working" and "Comes A Time." As the second set moved past the two-hour mark, Robinson left the stage for the set-closing "Uncle John's Band," "Lady With A Fan" > "Terrapin Station" pairing. When the band returned for the encore they were joined by vocalist Emily Sunderland. The surprises kept coming through the evening's last tune as "In The Midnight Hour" was followed by a take on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."

Stream audio of last night's entire show thanks to WMMV Radio:

Watch the first set from Saturday's marathon performance:

Here's the complete setlist from last night's celebration:

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin All Stars
The Grate Room
Terrapin Crossroads
San Rafael, CA
Sat. Mar. 15, 2014

Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Jackie Greene - guitar, vocals
Adam MacDougall - keyboards, vocals
Joe Russo - drums, vocals
Tommy Hamilton - guitar, vocals

Set 1 8:10pm - 9:20pm
Good Lovin' jgre
Friend of the Devil pl
Althea th >
Playing In The Band jgre >
Prayer For Spanish Harlem jgre
Morning Dew th
Box of Rain pl

During the set break, in the bar, surprise guest Chris Robinson sang the Beatles "Birthday" to Phil (who had not known Chris was coming)

Set 2 10:15pm - 12:45am

Bertha * cr
They Love Each Other * cr
The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) * cr >
Sugaree * cr
Mountains of The Moon pl >
Drums + >
Wheel Jam >
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) * cr >
Got My Mojo Working * cr >
Comes A Time * cr >
Uncle John's Band pl jgre th
Lady With a Fan pl >
Terrapin Station pl jgre th

Encore: donor rap
In The Midnight Hour * ^ cr es >
Whole Lotta Love * ^ es
band intros

* w/surprise guest Chris Robinson on guitar & vocals
+ w/Alex Koford on percussion
^ w/Emily Sunderland on vocals

[Setlist compiled by Rob Scalcione]

[Published on: 3/16/14]

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