Phil Lesh To Celebrate Phat Phriday at the Phillmore, Commemorate 40th Anniversary Of the Grateful Dead at the Crystal Ballroom
Last evening at the Warfield Theater, Phil Lesh & Friends wrapped up their slate of 2007 performances but the band already is filling in its 2008 tour itinerary. On January 25 and 26 the group will perform two gigs, with tickets available only in the form of a two show package. On the 25th the band will deliver a one set show at the Fillmore in San Francisco, as Phat Phriday at the Phillmore will benefit Habitat For Humanity. Then on the 26th, the Phil Lesh & Friends Mardi Gras Ball will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, with Ivan Nevilles Dumpstaphunk opening. Lesh and his band will then travel north to appear at Portland, Oregon’s Crystal Ballroom on January 28 and 29 for two gigs that will mark the 40th anniversary of the initial Grateful Dead shows at the venue in 1968.
Last night’s show was a three set affair billed as a happy birthday party for Jackie Greene. In addition to the latest incarnation of Phil & Friends, Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) was on hand. Berlin, who produced Greene’s latest recording, American Myth, joined in for the entire first set, adding piano to ‘Bertha’ (which Los Lobos covered on Deadicated) and then switching over to sax for ‘Ball And Chain,’ ‘Cumberland Blues,’ ‘Mississippi Half-Step,’ ‘So Hard To Find My Way,’ ‘Chest Fever’ and ‘Sugaree.’