Full Show Audio & Video: Karl Denson Makes Phil Lesh & Friends Debut At Terrapin Crossroads


On Tuesday night The Rolling Stones/Tiny Universe/Greyboy Allstars multi-instrumentalist Karl Denson played his first full show as a member of Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California. While Denson sat-in with The “Q” in 2002, Tuesday marked his first full show with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s ensemble. Karl D. switched from saxophone to tambourine to flute over the course of the evening and helped out on a pair of Rolling Stones covers on the occasion of Mick Jagger’s birthday.

Lesh and Denson were joined by guitarists Eric Krasno and Stu Allen as well as keyboardist Danny Eisenberg and drummer Mark Levy. The show featured one lengthy set that mixed Grateful Dead classics with covers of “After Midnight” and “Brown Sugar.” In addition to “Brown Sugar,” Phil & Friends featuring Karl D. had one more Rolling Stones cover in store as they ended the evening with “Bitch.”

Watch Karl Denson lead Phil Lesh & Friends on “Bitch” as captured by nowiknowuryder:


Audio (Captured by Quinfolk)

Setlist (Compiled by Bops)

Set: Shakedown Street (SA) > Bertha (SA), Deal (EK), West L.A. Fadeaway ^ (EK,KD) > Brown Sugar (SA) > After Midnight ^^ (EK,KD), Bird Song ^^ (PL), Fire On The Mountain (EK), Help On The Way (SA) > Slipknot! > Franklins Tower (PL)

Encore: Bitch (KD)

  • ^ – Karl Denson on tambourine
  • ^^ – Karl Denson on flute