For the 2013 installment of the Mountain Jam Festival, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh assembled a Phil Lesh & Friends lineup featuring guitarists Warren Haynes and John Scofield, drummer Joe Russo and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. This edition of Full Show Friday revisits the standout performance by the stellar cast of musicians performed on this date in 2013.
Lesh, Russo and Chimenti were well acquainted at the time of the Mt. Jam set as they were also pulling collective duties in Furthur. The bassist, drummer and keyboardist, along with the pair of guitarists, set off on a bit of improvisation before launching into “Comic Charlie” to being their Mountain Jam set. Haynes, who sang lead prominently throughout the set, then led a lengthy take on Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love.” The first set also saw jammed-out renditions of “Loose Lucy,” “Cold Rain And Snow,” “Just A Little Light” and the closing “Franklin’s Tower.”
The familiar “Shakedown Street” bassline was delivered by Lesh to kick off a funky start to the second set. The band worked in a rendition of “Crazy Fingers” during their subsequent take on Traffic’s “Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys.” Lesh’s Dead rarity “Unbroken Chain” was the conduit to an expansive sequence of improvisation that saw several exciting exchanges between Scofield and Haynes as Russo deftly shifted tempos. Mountain Jam lived up to its billing as the set progressed into a psychedelic “Dark Star,” followed by The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Phil leading a thunderous charge through “The Other One.” A tender “Wharf Rat” and rollicking “The Midnight Hour” drew the second half to a close and Lesh’s beloved ballad “Box Of Rain” served as the encore.
An audience recording captured by taper Rob Clarke of the June 9, 2013 Phil & Friends performance can be streamed below:
As a bonus, below are pro-shot video highlights of the performance shared by Mountain Jam:
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