Phil Lesh Returns To Levon Helm Studios In Woodstock

By Scott Bernstein Jul 23, 2018 7:09 am PDT

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh was inspired to create his Terrapin Crossroads venue/restaurant in San Rafael, California after performing at The Band drummer Levon Helm’s Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York. Phil returned to Levon Helm Studios on Sunday night for a sold-out show with The Terrapin Family Band that also featured sets from Twiddle and Midnight North.

Midnight North opened the festivities with a set that included a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” performed in the style of The Band and guest appearances from members of Twiddle and The Terrapin Family Band. Then, Twiddle took the stage at the intimate venue and wound up bringing out Midnight North guitarist/vocalists Grahame Lesh and Elliott Peck for “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. Grahame also added to Twiddle originals “Frankenfoote” and “Lost In The Cold.”

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band closed out the evening with a lengthy set that began with “Jack Straw.” Peck augmented the lineup of Grahame Lesh, guitarists Ross James and Alex Koford, multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby and drummer Nathan Graham for portions of the performance including “Jack Straw.” James then led the group on a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” ahead of a “Cumberland Blues” that featured stunning fiddle work from Crosby.

Lesh and his troupe, including Peck, worked a trio of The Band favorites into the action starting with “I Shall Be Released.” Elliott, Grahame and Alex offered pretty harmonies on the song penned by Bob Dylan that The Band recorded for Music From Big Pink. Next, Twiddle frontman Mihali Savoulidis emerged for “Eyes Of The World.” After Mihali’s guest spot, Phil & The Terrapin Family Band featuring Peck continued on with “Uncle John’s Band.” Elliott showed off her impressive pipes on the “It Makes No Difference” that followed.

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band’s Levon Helm Studios set moved on with a “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!” sequence that bled into “Wharf Rat.” Peck returned to the stage for a James-led “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” The night then came to an end with a double encore of “Attics Of My Life” and “The Weight.” Last night’s “Attics” was performed with little musical accompaniment as the performers focused on lush harmonies before trading verses on “The Weight.”

Watch a series of videos from Phil’s set at Levon Helm Studios thanks to Peter Herman:

[Jack Straw, Like A Rolling Stone…]

[…Like A Rolling Stone – It Makes No Difference]

[…Help On The Way – Will The Circle Be Unbroken]

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band Setlist

Set: Jack Straw, Like A Rolling Stone, Cumberland Blues, I Shall Be Released, Eyes Of The World, Uncle John’s Band, It Makes No Difference, Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Wharf Rat, Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Encore: Attics Of My Life, The Weight

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