Phil Lesh Returns To The Stage In Larkspur


Phil Lesh played publicly for the first time since August on Friday afternoon after postponing and canceling a number of concerts and festival appearances over the fall after the Grateful Dead bassist underwent minor back surgery. Phil, his son Grahame Lesh, longtime Dead family collaborator Stu Allen and California congressman Jared Huffman performed a short set at Marin County Mart in Larkspur, California to celebrate the new Smart Train line opening there.

Phil shouldered his bass alongside Grahame, Stu and Huffman on acoustic guitars. Allen led the group through “Casey Jones” before Grahame stepped up to sing “Big Railroad Blues.” As per usual, Phil sang lead on “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo” followed by Allen handling lead vocal duties on “U.S. Blues.” The congressman from California would show off his singing skills on The Band’s “The Weight” with Phil, Grahame and Stu joining in on the choruses to close out the set. Check out video of that performance below via nowiknowuryder:

Setlist via Viva La Zone:

Set One: Casey Jones, Big Railroad Blues, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo, U.S Blues, The Weight