Phil Lesh & Friends Close Out Beach Road Weekend


The inaugural Beach Road Weekend festival concluded on Sunday with a headlining set from Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh‘s Phil Lesh & Friends. Phil’s band for the 90-minute performance featured guitarists Eric Krasno and Cris Jacobs, vocalist Nicki Bluhm, drummer John Molo and multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby.

The event started on Friday with a screening of Jaws featuring a live score performed by The Cape Symphony. Jaws‘ author Peter Benchley’s widow, Wendy Wesson introduced the screening, which took place on the island where the movie was filmed. Saturday’s action included sets from John Fogerty, Dispatch, North Mississippi Allstars and more. At one point, Fogerty told the story of performing at the original Woodstock 50 years ago after the Grateful Dead’s set.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Matisyahu, Galactic and Grace Potter were among those who played Beach Road Weekend on Sunday before the Phil & Friends finale. Potter’s set reportedly featured the live debut of “On My Way.” Lesh and his band then reeled off a bevy of Grateful Dead classics, starting with the frequently paired “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!” > “Franklin’s Tower.” Then, Krasno led the group on “West L.A. Fadeaway” before Bluhm shined on “Deal.” Eric and Nicki shared lead vocal duties on the “Scarlet Begonias” that followed. Next up was “Uncle John’s Band” and finally the set and festival concluded with Jacobs-sung renditions of “Stella Blue” and “Shakedown Street.”

Setlist (via Deadheadland)

Set: Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower, West L.A. Fadeaway, Deal, Scarlet Begonias, Uncle John’s Band, Stella Blue, Shakedown Street

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