Phil Lesh granted our wish of performing Dead songs with Wilco
guitarist Nels Cline over the past two nights at The Capitol Theatre in Port
Chester, NY. Cline sat in with Phil Lesh & Friends for the second sets and encores on
Thursday and Friday nights. Both sets and encores featuring Nels only contained material
from the Grateful Dead's live repertoire.
Lesh and Cline were joined by guitarists John Kadlecik and John Scofield as well as
keyboardist John Medeski, percussionist Jordan Levine and drummer Joe Russo for Nels' time
on stage. All three guitarists brought completely different approaches to the Dead's music
with Kadlecik utilizing his eerie Jerry-like tone, Nels providing an experimental edge
(only urged on by Medeski) and Scofield laying down plenty of jazz and blues-tinged licks.
The trio's guitar work meshed well and there was plenty of improvisation both within most
of the tunes and connecting the songs.
Official recordings of both shows are available via LiveDownloads.com and are highly recommended. The first audience recording of Cline collaborating with Phil & Friends has surfaced thanks to
taper Jon Pasternak. Jon's recording of Thursday night's show can be downloaded here. We've shared streaming audio of "Dark Star (V1)", "Scarlet Begonias" (our personal favorite of the night) and
"St. Stephen" to give a taste of the
Here's the setlists from both shows via Philzone:
Set One (w/ Ross James): The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) jk > Pride of Cucamonga
pl > New Minglewood Blues rj > Pride of Cucamonga pl, Ramble On Rose jk, Californian Skies
rj > Here Comes Sunshine jk > Box of Rain pl
Set Two (w/ Nels Cline & Jordan Levine): Jam > China Cat Sunflower jk > Mason's Children
pl > Dark Star pl > Scarlet Begonias jk > St. Stephen all > Reuben and Cerise jk > Dark
Star pl > Morning Dew jk > Fire on the Mountain jk
Encore: Liberty jk
Set One (w/ Ross James): Brown Eyed Women, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleoo, Hard
Rain's A-Gonna Fall, New Speedway Boogie, Wharf Rat, Samson & Delilah, Turn On Your
Set Two (w/ Nels Cline & Jordan Levine): Jam > Cumberland Blues, Cold Rain & Snow, Viola
Lee Blues > Eyes Of The World > Jam > The Wheel > So Many Road > Help On the Way >
Slipknot! > Franklin's Tower
Phil Lesh and Friends return to Rumsey Playfield in NYC's Central Park this afternoon to conclude a four-show swing through the New York Metro Area.