Phil-O-Ween: Duane Betts Joins Phil Lesh & Friends At Capitol Theatre Residency Finale
The Grateful Dead bassist capped a month-long, nine-show residency in Port Chester, New York.
Phil Lesh & Friends celebrated Halloween last night with a concert at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Guitarist Duane Betts was part of the evening’s Phil-O-Ween ensemble and helped infuse The Allman Brothers Band tunes into the setlist.
Along with Lesh and Betts, the Phil & Friends Phil-O-Ween lineup consisted of Eric Krasno and Grahame Lesh on guitar, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby and vocalist Nicki Bluhm. Donning zombie face paint, the band eased into the “Dancing In The Streets” opener, which gave way to a groovy jam that saw Betts and Krasno interlacing their guitars as they would many times throughout the rest of the night.
“Cassidy” came in the number two slot, and segued into “Reuben & Cerise,” followed by a return to finish “Cassidy.” Betts was in charge of singing the subsequent “Althea,” which also saw his guitar work prominently on display. A joyous “Uncle John’s Band” and “I Know You Rider” pairing, together lasting 22-minutes, capped the first set with inspired improvisation.
The second half kicked off with a lively “The Music Never Stopped.” Phil’s beloved original “Unbroken Chain” came next and featured the 82-year-old on lead vocals. The group then fired up “Help On The Way” which was steered into its typical “Slipknot!” companion. Unexpectedly, Phil & Friends dropped into The Allman Brothers Band instrumental written by Duane Betts’ father Dickey Betts, “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.” A quick detour back into “Slipknot!” after “Liz Reed” led into “Franklin’s Tower.”
Segueing seamlessly out of “Franklin’s,” the band dropped into “Blue Sky,” another Allmans song written by Dickey Betts, with Duane singing lead on the set closer. The encore, which was preceded by Phil Lesh’s plea for organ donation, was the Grateful Dead Halloween staple, “Werewolves Of London,” as the Warren Zevon classic brought an end to the show and the October residency at The Capitol Theatre.
Scroll down for full-show audio taped by Cam Keough and video highlights of Phil-O-Ween at The Cap.
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Phil Lesh & Friends at Capitol Theatre
Set 1 (830-935)
- Dancing in the Street
- Rubin and Cherise
- Uncle John's Band
- I Know You Rider
Set 2 (1020pm-1145pm)
- The Music Never Stopped
- Unbroken Chain
- Help on the Way
- In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
- Franklin's Tower
- Blue Sky
- Phil's Donor Rap
- Werewolves of London