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Phil Lesh brought together the Phil Lesh & Friends range known as Phil Lesh Quintet, or “The Q,” Monday for the first of three shows at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York to begin bassist Grateful Dead’s nine-concert residency in October at the site. Lesh’s performance with guitarists Warren Haynes and Jimmy Herring, drummer John Molo and keyboardist Rob Barraco last night was the ensemble’s first since 2016.
“The Q” was Phil’s lead band from Phil Lesh & Friends’ fall 2000 tour until The Dead returned in 2003. Last night’s setlist included many songs the band played often. , including two tracks from Phil’s 2002 album with the band. , And back again.
Lesh, Haynes, Herring, Molo and Barraco started the show and ran with an extensive “Mason’s Children”, then dug into “Doin ‘That Rag”. Next, the quintet performed a cover of Traffic’s “The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys” with Miles Davis’s “So What” inside. Warren and Jimmy showed impressive interaction throughout the long segment. Haynes then led the ensemble on the Beatles classic “She Said She Said” before the group turned to And back again for Warren / Phil / Robert Hunter to co-write “Night Of A Thousand Stars” to complete the first set last night.
The improvisational prowess and psychedelic scrambling propensity of “The Q’s” were fully on display during a “Shakedown Street” that lasted over 20 minutes to open Monday’s second set. Phil and his pals then ripped up “Viola Lee Blues” and “New Speedway Boogie”. Lesh did the lead vocals on the cover of Robbie Robertson’s “Broken Arrow” which followed.
An intriguing segment came next as the quartet transformed a Phil-sung’s “Cryptic Envelope” into a magnificent “Wharf Rat” conducted by Haynes before reaching the expected “The Other One”. The latter was a short but sweet affair with fireworks galore from Warren and Jimmy. A catchy “I Know You Rider” closed the second set.
Phil Lesh was supposed to celebrate his 80th birthday with a run in March 2020 in Port Chester that was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lesh’s shows October 29-31 at The Cap will replace the originally scheduled run for March 13-15, 2020. Pete Shapiro of the Capitol Theater took the stage ahead of the encore and brought in Phil to honor his 80th and 81st birthdays a bit. late as the impresario led the crowd singing “Happy Birthday To You”. Lesh then gave his “Donor Rap” and teamed up with the rest of “The Q” to Back-and-forth “The Real Thing” to end the evening. The Phil Lesh Quintet returns to the Capitol Theater this evening. Live broadcast is available via FANS.
Play an audience recording of last night’s show recorded by Keith Litzenberger:
Watch the pro-shot video featuring the opening of “Mason’s Children” thanks to Relix below:
Watch the fan-shot video of highlights from Monday’s show:
Low Spark / So What / Low Spark
I know you rider
Series 1: Les enfants de Mason, Doin ‘That Rag, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
Second set: Shakedown Street, Viola Lee Blues, New Speedway Boogie, Broken Arrow, Cryptical Envelopment> Wharf Rat> The Other One, I Know You Rider
Again: the real thing