Phil Lesh celebrated his birthday in style at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY last night. The Grateful Dead founding member turned 77 years young and put together quite the group of friends to mark the occasion.
Phil was joined by John Kadlecik on guitar and vocals, Joan Osborne on vocals and percussion, Jason Crosby on keyboards, Stanley Jordan on guitar and Mark Levy on drums.
The ensemble played a pair of sets with an extended encore where promoter and Capitol Theater owner, Peter Shapiro presented Phil with a birthday cake. Phil and his friends stuck mostly to Dead tunes, but tucked in a “Eleanor Rigby” tease and a “Stairway to Heaven” tease.
With the addition of Joan Osborne to the band, Phil and Friends busted out Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted.” The Motown classic was covered by Joan in the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown, 15 years ago.
After the cover-heavy first set, Phil and Friends dive into an awesome all-Dead second set with the exception of the Stairway tease. What a setlist!
Sound Of Silence Jam >
Eleanor Rigby Jam
What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
Box Of Rain
New Speedway Boogie >
The Other One >
Stairway To Heaven Jam >
Terrapin Station >
I Know You Rider
Not Fade Away
Happy Birthday Phil
Phil Donor Rap
Turn On Your Lovelight >
Happy Birthday Phil >
Turn On Your lovelight
Thanks to Z-Man for coming North and capturing this great recording!
Photo credit: Marc Millman
Jam DeetsJam Date: March 15, 2017
Featuring: Jason Crosby, Joan Osborne, John Kadlecik, Mark Levy, Phil Lesh and Friends, Stanley Jordan
Venue: Capitol Theater
Songs: After Midnight, Bertha, Box of Rain, Broken Arrow, Eleanor Rigby, I Know You Rider, Mr. Charlie, New Speedway Boogie, Not Fade Away, Shakedown Street, Sound of Silence, Stairway to Heaven, Sugaree, Terrapin Station, The Other One, Turn on Your Lovelight, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
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