Communion performed a show in the Grate Room at Terrapin Crossroads on Thursday, February 4. Featuring Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, guitarists Stu Allen, Ross James and Grahame Lesh, keyboardist Scott Guberman and drummer Alex Koford Communion delivered two sets composed of originals, Grateful Dead favorites and a mix of other covers. Audio and video recordings of the entire performance can be streamed below.
Opening the show with Allen taking lead vocals on the Dead’s “Deal,” the first set concluded with another Dead cover in the form of “Uncle John’s Band.” Mixed between the tunes were originals “California Skies” and “Everyday” as well as takes on Neil Young’s “Cowgirl In The Sand” and Ryan Adams’ “The Rescue Blues.”
The second half of the night began with Koford leading the ensemble through his “Behind Your Eyes” before covering Fleetwood Mac’s “Second Hand News.” It was (mostly) a handful of Grateful Dead setlist staples closing out the show as they ran through “Samson & Delilah,” “Standing On The Moon,” “Help On The Way” > “El Paso” (Ross James’ original, not Marty Robbins’) > “Slipknot!” > “Franklin’s Tower.” After Phil’s plea for support of organ donation the group encored with a stirring version of “Attics Of My Life.” Watch video footage of the concert by following this link and listen to audio (thanks to Quinfolk) of the show below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdc6RGAL3nE https://soundcloud.com/quinfolk/sets/txr2416
Set One: Deal, California Skies, Cowgirl In The Sand, The Rescue Blues, Everyday, Uncle Johns Band
Set Two: Behind Your Eyes, Second Hand News > Samson & Delilah, Standing On The Moon, Help On The Way > El Paso > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower
Encore: Donor Rap, Attics Of My Life