Phil Lesh & Friends Perform Atop Bay Area Roof For Terrapin Crossroads

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Phil Lesh & Friends delivered a livestream performance from a Bay Area rooftop on Saturday. The band delivered a trio of Grateful Dead tunes for the internet audience.

Set to the backdrop of a misty Marin County mountainscape, Phil & Friends – guitarists Grahame Lesh and Stu Allen, bassist Phil Lesh and keyboardist Jason Crosby — kicked off the stream with “Birdsong.” Grahame prefaced the tune by talking a bit about why they were playing on the rooftop. Grahame and Stu were supposed to perform at Terrapin Crossroads in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s 1970 album, Workingman’s Dead, but Terrapin had to close due to COVID-19 concerns. The masked and socially distanced quartet then continued with “Birdsong” which saw a fair amount of improv and some interesting conversations between all four musicians sans a drummer.

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Phil & Friends then headed through “Cumberland Blues,” the intro to which saw Grahame holding down the rhythm while Allen soloed with Crosby adding some texture and Phil doing some very Phil things on the bass. After the pair of Grateful Dead classics, Grahame led everyone through the latter-day Dead song, “Liberty.”

Watch the entire performance below via Terrapin Crossroads Facebook:

Birdsong

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Cumberland Blues & Liberty

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