On Friday night former Grateful Dead bass player Phil Lesh closed out his first run of Phil Lesh & Friends shows of 2018 at the Grate Room at his Terrapin Crossroads venue/restaurant in San Rafael, California. The finale saw Phil joined by guitarists John Scofield, Anders Osborne, Grahame Lesh, Ross James and Alex Koford, drummer John Molo and Dead & Company keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.
“Jack Straw” got the two set show underway as the trio of guitarists – Osborne, Scofield and James – stretched the Grateful Dead tune out past the 14-minute mark. Anders stepped up to the mic next to deliver a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Whan I Paint My Masterpiece,” followed by Phil taking a turn by fronting the ensemble on “Bird Song.” As he’s done throughout the run Osborne once again turned to the Neil Young songbook this time looking to his 1972 release Haverst for “Heart Of Gold.” “Cassidy,” “The Wheel” and Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic” closed out the first frame of the night.
Anders Osborne opened up the second set with one of his own songs: “Burning On The Inside” from his 1995 album Which Way to Here. “Wharf Rat” kicked-off a lengthy seamless run as the band segued into their second Neil Young take off the night “Down By The River.” The jam-vehicle from Young’s 1969 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere eventually wound its way into another Dylan tune with “All Along The Watchtower.” Phil Lesh and company returned to the music of the Grateful Dead to close things out as they delivered a monster old-school run of their psychedelic ballroom-era classics with “Saint Stephen” > “The Eleven” > “Saint Stephen” > “The Other One.” The band brought their night to an end with one more Neil Young tune as they offered up “Rockin’ In The Free World” as their encore.
Fan-shot video captured by Ted Silverman and check out the full setlist below:
Setlist (via DeadHeadLand)
Set I: Jack Straw* (GL, RJ), When I Paint My Masterpiece (AO), Bird Song (PL), Heart Of Gold (AO), Cassidy* (RJ), The Wheel (all), Into the Mystic (AO)
Set II: Burning on the Inside (AO), Wharf Rat > (AK) Down By the River > (AO), All Along the Watchtower (AO), Saint Stephen > (all) The Eleven > (GL) Saint Stephen > (all)The Other One > (PL) I Know You Rider (all)
Encore: Rocking in the Free World