Phil Lesh Teams With Goose’s Rick Mitarotonda, TAB Horns, John Medeski & More At Capitol Theatre

Check out the setlists, audio and video from the second of three October 2022 weekends for Phil Lesh & Friends in Port Chester, New York.

By Scott Bernstein Oct 24, 2022 8:13 am PDT

Phil Lesh continued a nine-show Phil Lesh & Friends October residency at The Capitol Theatre with a new lineup for three shows from Friday through Sunday at the Port Chester, New York rock palace. The middle weekend of the “Phil-O-Ween” run saw the Grateful Dead bassist accompanied by son Grahame Lesh on guitar, Goose guitarist Rick Mitarotonda, MMW keyboardist John Medeski, frequent collaborator John Molo on drums and the Trey Anastasio Band horn section of Jennifer Hartswick, James Casey and Natalie Cressman.

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Rick Mitarotonda had plenty of chances to show off both his vocal and instrumental abilities throughout the three-night stand. The Goose guitarist helmed “Tennessee Jed,” “Scarlet Begonias,” “Ship Of Fools” and a stunning “Brokedown Palace” encore on Friday. Mitarotonda sang lead on version of “Althea,” “Cold Rain & Snow,” “Brown-Eyed Women,” “One More Saturday Night” and “Johnny B. Goode” on Saturday, while “New Speedway Boogie,” “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Jack-O-Roe,” “U.S. Blues,” “Hard To Handle” and “Turn On Your Lovelight” were fronted by Rick last night. Phil mispronounced Rick’s surname on Friday but said it correctly during introductions on the following two evenings.

The TAB horns not only filled the second weekend of the run with brass but all three members shined vocally both in contributing harmonies and singing lead. “Dancing In The Street,” “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” and “Stella Blue” starred Hartswick. Cressman belted out “He’s Gone” and dueted with Grahame on “Cassidy,” while Casey handled lead vocals for “Fire On The Mountain,” “Touch Of Grey,” “Dear Prudence” and “Shakedown Street.” It was especially emotional when James Casey, who is currently undergoing treatment for colon cancer, sang the “I will get by” and “I will survive” lyrics.

John Medeski’s keys were at the heart of the jamming that filled each show. Lengthy versions of “Here Comes Sunshine,” “St. Stephen,” “Bertha,” “Morning Dew,” “Shakedown Street” and “Unbroken Chain” were among improvisational highlights. The weekend came to a close with a gorgeous “Ripple” encore on Sunday. Phil Lesh returns with a different lineup outside of Grahame Lesh to finish off the residency on Friday, October 28; Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 31 (Halloween).

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Setlists & Full Show Audio

Friday, October 21 (Taped by Jon Pasternak)

Set One: Here Comes Sunshine, Tennessee Jed, Big River, Dancing In The Street > Scarlet Begonias > Dancing In The Street, Fire On The Mountain

Set Two: Ship Of Fools, Cassidy, St. Stephen > The Eleven > Dark Star > The Other One > Dark Star, Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad > And We Bid You Goodnight

Encore: Brokedown Palace


Saturday, October 22 (Taped by Marc B, Out Of Order)

Set One: Bertha, Althea, When I Paint My Masterpiece, He’s Gone > Cold Rain and Snow, Touch Of Grey

Set Two: China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Brown-Eyed Women, The Wheel > Terrapin Station > Morning Dew, One More Saturday Night

Encore: Johnny B. Goode


Sunday, October 23 (Taped by Cam Keough)

Set One: New Speedway Boogie, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Wharf Rat, Dear Prudence, Jack-A-Roe, That’s What Love Will Make You Do, U.S. Blues

Set Two: Shakedown Street, Mason’s Children, Hard To Handle, Estimated Prophet, Unbroken Chain, Stella Blue, Turn On Your Lovelight

Encore: Ripple


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