Phil Lesh and His Quintet Move There and Back Again
The only Phil & Friends studio album
Phil Lesh & Friends closed out a run of shows at the bassist’s new San Rafael, CA venue Terrapin Crossroads last night. This incarnation of Phil & Friends featured the bassist’s classic Quintet lineup: Allman Brothers/Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes, Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring, Moonalice drummer John Molo and Dark Star Orchestra keyboardist Rob Barraco. The five musicians have not performed together since late 2003.
Unlike Lesh’s other Friends lineups, the Quintet released a full-length studio album in 2002. There and Back Again included a number of new and then current songs, and the Quintet reintroduced several of them over the weekend. Last night, the band encored with Haynes’ “The Real Thing,” and on Saturday Phil & Friends performed the guitarist’s Jerry Garcia eulogy “Patchwork Quilt.” In addition, on Friday the band offered up one of There and Back Again ’s Lesh/Robert Hunter originals, “Night of 1000 Stars” while on Saturday the band tackled the Lesh/Hunter song “No More Do.”
Likewise, Lesh and the group performed the Grateful Dead song “Mason’s Children,” which the Quintet recorded and released as a B-side in 2002. The band also offered a few interesting covers over the weekend like The Allman Brothers Band’s “Blue Sky,” Buffalo Springfield’s “Broken Arrow,” Bob Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” and Traffic’s “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.” Lesh and company saluted The Beatles, too with covers of “I am the Walrus,” “Strawberry Fields Forever” and an instrumental reading of The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life.”
Lesh will host a Ramble at Terrapin Crossroads on May 10 with special guests Chris Robinson, Tim and Nicki Bluhm, John Skehan (Railroad Earth), Adam MacDougall (Chris Robinson Brotherhood) Grahame Lesh and Jaz Sawyer. Please visit our Box Scores section for a look at this weekend’s Phil & Friends setlists.