Phil Lesh Teams With Anders, Stu, Joan, Marco & Joe At The Cap

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On Friday night, Phil Lesh kicked off the fifth and final weekend of his 10-show, five-weekend Phil Lesh & Friends residency at The Capitol Theatre. Lesh was joined by an impressive array of talented musicians featuring Joe Russo on drums, Marco Benevento on keys, Joan Osborne on vocals and guitarists/vocalists Anders Osborne and Stu Allen.

[Photo by Dino Perrucci]

While the two-set show was certainly heavy on classics from the Grateful Dead live repertoire, the ensemble threw in a number of covers as well. Early in the first set, Anders led the band through a cover of Neil Young’s “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere,” which was followed by a “China”/”Rider” pairing that featured a Joan Osborne-sung version of “Next Time You See Me” in the middle. The opening stanza came to a close with Allen singing “Standing On The Moon” and a “Not Fade Away” finale.

Anders also sang the evening’s second Neil Young cover, “Heart Of Gold,” which began the second set. Lesh then took the lead on his signature “Unbroken Chain.” Next up was Joan fronting the band on the Ike & Tina Turner hit “River Deep Mountain High” before it was back to the Dead repertoire for “Stella Blue” and “Terrapin Station.” From there, Anders led the group on Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower,” while Joan and Stu shared lead vocal duties on a cover of The Beatles’ “I Dig A Pony.” The second set came to a close with a “Turn On Your Lovelight” that featured “Who Do You Love” in the middle. Anders Osborne had one more turn up front for the show-closing “Morning Dew” encore.

Photos By Dino Perrucci

The run comes to a close tonight with the same lineup set to perform with Phil. If you can’t make it in person, there’s a webcast available via Nugs.tv.

Watch fan-shot footage by Scott Gibson of “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” and “Heart Of Gold”:

Setlist (via Deadheadland.com)

Set One: Uncle John’s Band pl jo sa, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere ao, China Cat Sunflower sa > Next Time You See Me jo > I Know You Rider pl jo sa, Standing On The Moon sa > Not Fade Away pl jo sa

Set Two: Heart Of Gold ao > Unbroken Chain pl, River Deep Mountain High jo, Stella Blue jo > Terrapin Station sa > All Along The Watchtower ao > I Dig A Pony sa jo, Turn On Your Love Light jo ao > Who Do You Love ao > Love Light ao jo

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Encore: Morning Dew ao