Full Show Pro-Shot Video: Phil Lesh & Friends Close Out Run At Terrapin Crossroads
Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh led a version of his Phil Lesh & Friends project for the third night in a row on Sunday at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California. While Friday and Saturday’s shows were “Dead Blues” performances focusing on the Grateful Dead’s blues influence, Sunday had no particular theme. Phil fronted a group that featured North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson, New Orleans-based guitarist Anders Osborne, vocalist Nicki Bluhm, sacred steel specialist Roosevelt Collier, Medeski Martin & Wood keyboardist John Medeski and North Mississippi Allstars drummer Cody Dickinson.
The ensemble kicked off their first of two sets with a raucous “In The Midnight Hour.” Bluhm, who was the unnamed “special guest” when the show was announced, had her first time in the spotlight on the short-but-sweet “Deal” that followed. Osborne then stepped up to sing a beautiful rendition of “Friend Of The Devil” that featured a powerful organ solo from Medeski. The frame rolled on with a Phil-sung “Bird Song” and Nicki showing off her pipes on the Ron “Pigpen” McKernan favorite “Easy Wind.” Next, Luther fronted a rare take on American Beauty gem “Operator” ahead of a set-closing “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad” featuring a fiery solo from the NMAS guitarist.
Phil Lesh & Friends opened last night’s closing stanza with a bluesy “Shakedown Street.” Anders sang lead with Phil and Nicki providing harmony vocals on the title track from the Grateful Dead’s 1978 studio album. Osborne, who delivered a fierce “Shakedown” solo, also handled lead vocals on “Scarlet Begonias.” The interplay between Anders, Luther, Phil and Roosevelt was especially impressive during the portion of the jam that usually gives way to “Fire On The Mountain.” However, the seven-piece had a different plan in mind and ended “Scarlet” before launching into “The Other One.”
The band explored a number of different themes during “The Other One” before making a move towards “New Speedway Boogie.” Cody Dickinson had his first and only turn of the night singing from behind the kit on “New Speedway.” An adventurous “Caution” came next and then Anders led the group on his own original “Windows.” One of the more emotional moments of the night followed as Alex Koford of The Terrapin Family Band emerged to duet with Nicki Bluhm on “Morning Dew.” A groovy “Franklin’s Tower” brought the set to a close, while a gorgeous “Black Muddy River” sung by Anders served as the evening’s encore.
Watch pro-shot footage from last night’s show thanks to nugs.tv:
Setlist (via Philzone)
Set One: In The Midnight Hour (LD), Deal (NB), Friend Of The Devil (AO), Bird Song (PL), Easy Wind (NB), Operator (LD), Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad (AO, NB, LD, PL)
Set Two: Shakedown Street (AO), Scarlet Begonias (AO, NB), The Other One > (PL) New Speedway Boogie (CD), Caution (LD), Windows (AO), Morning Dew (NB, Alex Koford), Franklin’s Tower (AO)
Encore: Donor Rap, Black Muddy River (AO)