Phil Lesh & Terrapin Family Band Mashup Grateful Dead & Nirvana In Seattle

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Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh concluded a run in the Pacific Northwest on Sunday night at Seattle’s Showbox with The Terrapin Family Band. Lesh and his ensemble honored Seattle’s Nirvana by performing a mashup of “Lithium” and the Grateful Dead’s “Friend Of The Devil.

Grahame Lesh handled vocals on the “Me & My Uncle” opener before passing the baton to his dad for “Pride Of Cucamonga.” Guitarist Ross James then stepped into the spotlight to lead a cover of Jimi Hendrix’ “The Wind Cries Mary.” Next, multi-instrumentalist Alex Koford led the group through “They Love Each Other.” The set continued with a gorgeous “Teach Your Children” featuring Grahame, Alex and Elliott Peck harmonizing throughout. James was then tasked with delivering the Sunday sermon of “Samson & Delilah.” Peck had her turn up front for a cover of Lucinda Williams’ “I Lost It” ahead of the “Uncle John’s Band” set closer.

Last night’s second set began in a sweet way with “How Sweet It Is” and “Sweet Jane.” Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band then tore through the late ’60s classic “Mason’s Children” and threw in The Chantays’ surf rock gem “Pipeline” within. Next came a lengthy version of “Terrapin Station” featuring the “Jack O’ Roses” addendum. Grahame, Alex and Elliott went on to share lead vocals on “Scarlet Begonias” before Grahame channeled Levon Helm for “Up On Cripple Creek.” The tender “Comes A Time” was sung by Koford and James fronted a raucous “Turn On Your Love Light.” The wild Nirvana/Grateful Dead mashup found Jason Crosby on lead vocals and playing guitar. He sang the verses of “Friend Of The Devil” and the chorus of “Lithium.” For the encore, Phil & The TXR Family Band said farewell with “Not Fade Away.”

Watch Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band mashup the music of Nirvana’s “Lithium” and the lyrics from “Friend Of The Devil” thanks to Mark Konigs:

Here’s full show video captured by John Hermsen:

Set One

Set Two

Setlist (via Phil Zone)

Set One: Me & My Uncle, Pride Of Cucamonga, The Wind Cries Mary, They Love Each Other, Teach Your Children, Samson & Delilah, I Lost It, Uncle John’s Band

Set Two: How Sweet It Is, Sweet Jane, Mason’s Children > Pipeline > Mason’s Children, Terrapin Suite > Jack O’ Roses, Scarlet Begonias, Up On Cripple Creek, Comes A Time, Turn On Your Love Light, Lithium/Friend Of The Devil Mashup

Encore: Donor Rap, Not Fade Away

Tour Dates for
Phil Lesh

  • Feb
    28
    2019
  • Mar
    7
    2019
  • Mar
    8
    2019
  • Mar
    14
    2019
  • Mar
    15
    2019
  • Mar
    16
    2019
  • Apr
    25
    2019
  • Apr
    26
    2019
  • May
    29
    2019
    • Black Ridge Road
    • Floyd, VA 24091
    • United States
    Jul
    24
    2019
    • 1000 Montage Mountain Rd
    • Scranton, PA 18507
    • United States
    Jul
    25
    2019
    • 90 Fort Adams Drive
    • Newport, RI 02840
    • United States
    Jul
    26
    2019
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