I went to this show and had no idea what to expect. How good could Phil's kids' band be? Pretty damn good, I found out. Sullivan Hall is a small club and definitely the smallest place I've ever seen Phil. He comes out with the band and the place is going nuts during the soundcheck--just to hear THAT beautiful bass tone in such a small place. Then BOOM they open into a raging Shakedown Street. Phil turned up real loud and the club was rocking. Very quickly the Shakedown jam went into a lot of very exciting, exploratory collective improv spaces. This was a very, very good sign. This band can JAM. And they're exciting, nuanced jams, with PEAKS. This band plays with a lot of rude, young energy. Everybody's a very good player--but the energy is high and there seems to be lots of risk taking. Both of Phil's kids (sorry I don't know names) are indeed very good musicians. One plays electric, acoustic and mandolin. And the other plays electric and acoustic. Both of them have good voices--and the whole band harmonizes very well. The other (non-lesh) guitar player is a freaking ringer. Kind of punk-cowboy image on stage--he plays with a ton of vibe and musicality. His vocals were also very strong. (Sang a great Lovelight!) The drummer is a solid-groove drummer who was able to rise and fall with the peaks and nuances in the music. The band as a whole was the most impressive aspect. They navigated the complex changes in Unbroken Chain very well. And they played everything with great joy and energy--and lots of jamming! Phil was on FIRE on the bass all night. He was moving around a lot and had a HUGE grin on his face for most of the time. Phil's name sold out the venue for three nights--But it was The Terrapin Family Band which impressed me (and the screaming, hooting crowd) a tremendous amount. These kids are certainly legit.
Sorry for the wrong date above. Should be 2013-06-04. Late night!
Set list from Grahame Lesh's web site --
Grahame (guitar/vocals), Brian Lesh (mandolin/guitar/vocals), Ross James (guitar/vocals), Alex Koford (drums/vocals) & Phil Lesh (bass/vocals).
Shakedown Street BL
Brown Eyed Women GL
Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen The Band style cover) AK
Who I Was (GL original) GL
Mountain Town (BL original verses) BL
Unbroken Chain PL
Viola Lee Blues All >
Cumberland Blues All >
Viola Lee Blues All >
I Dont Care (Justin Townes Earle cover) RJ >
Lovelight RJ >
Viola Lee Blues All
New Speedway Boogie GL
E: Old Man (Neil Young cover) GL
West LA Fadeaway RJ
Big River BL/RJ
Phil brought San Rafael to NYC... THANK YOU!
It was a beautiful night of music. I'm still floating!
no way to get webcast for east coast shows?
the timing is so much better for us here on the east coast.