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Published: 2006/07/24

Phil Lesh and G.R.A.B. Close Their Summer Tours at 10,000 Lakes

Over the weekend, both Phil Lesh and Friends and G.R.A.B. closed out their summer tours at Detroit Lakes, MNs fourth annual 10,000 Music Festival. One of the summers most anticipated music gatherings, 10,000 Lakes drew over 15,000 music fans to Minnesota, boasting performance by Lesh, G.R.A.B., the String Cheese Incident, Keller Williams, MMW, RAQ, the Big Wu, O.A.R., the Samples and Big Head Todd and the Monsters, among others. On Friday, the String Cheese Incident performed a full set with Keller Williams, while Matt Butler unveiled a new version of the Everyone Orchestra, featuring Tea Leaf Green, Steve Kimock, Vince Herman, Hot Buttered Rum and conscious wordsmith Souleye, as well as Railroad Earths Andy Goessling and Tim Carbone. In addition to performing such numbers as Dark Star, St. Stephen and Ryan Adams Cold Roses, Phil Lesh and Friends closed out Saturdays main stage festivities, fittingly, with the Grateful Deads signature Truckin.

Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo owned Saturdays main stage activities, performing in a variety of incarnations and together as G.R.A.B.. First, the Duo offered a 90-minute set drawing heavily from its new studio album, Play Pause Stop. At the end of its set, the Duo brought out Gordon for a swirl of its Becky and Phishs Foam, the first time the G.R.a.B. Trio (note the lowercase a) has performed together since touring with Anastasio. After a short break, G.R.A.B. turned in its only two-set show, which included a now customary guitar/banjo duet by Anastasio and Gordon. After their acoustic interlude, Anastasio and Gordon presented birthday boy Marco Benevento with a cake and brought out John Medeski for a cover of the Whos Who Are You. Shortly after, Anastasio performed with MMW during its late-night set, channeling his latent avant garde jazz energy for a 30-minute jam.

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