After a 2017 spent focusing on performing with The Terrapin Family Band, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has already played a number of Phil Lesh & Friends shows featuring revolving lineups in ’18. The latest Phil Lesh & Friends’ run began on Thursday night at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California. Both Thursday’s concert and a Friday performance are benefits to raise funds for B St. Beautification project’s efforts to rejuvenate and clean up the nearby Albert Park.
Phil was joined by Danny Click, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Chris Gelbuda and Ezra Lipp on Thursday for a rare keyboard-less Lesh concert. The ensemble opened with “Truckin'” sung by Gelbuda. Next up was a wily “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” sequence. Lebo handled vocals on “China Cat.” The concert rolled on with a lengthy “Bird Song” led by Gelbuda.
A run of “Reuben & Cerise” > “He’s Gone” > “The Other One” > “New Speedway Boogie” formed the bulk of Friday’s set. Lebowitz belted out “Reuben & Cerise,” while Gelbuda stepped into the spotlight on “He’s Gone” and “New Speedway Boogie” with Click in front on “The Other One.” After the band stopped singing “New Speedway,” the crowd picked up the “One way or another line” before eventually Lebo began “Touch Of Grey.” The Dead’s biggest hit served as the set closer and then Phil Lesh & Friends returned for a “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad” encore.
Watch the show thanks to our friends at Deadheadland:
Truckin’ (CG), China Cat Sunflower (DL) > I Know You Rider (ALL), Bird Song (CG), Reuben & Cerise (DL) > He’s Gone (CG) > The Other One (DC) > New Speedway Boogie (CG), Touch Of Grey (DL)
Encore: Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad