Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams Join Phil Lesh
Photo by Eliot Byron
Onetime Phil Lesh & Friends members Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams sat in with the Grateful Dead bassist’s current band last night. The musical couple emerged near the end of Lesh’s first set at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre for a three-song stretch. First, Campbell and Williams appeared on a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” and then, they helped the group through takes on both the Dead’s own “Tennessee Jed” and The Band’s “The Weight.” Campbell and Williams are also longtime members of the Levon Helm Band, and they pushed The Band drummer to record “Tennessee Jed” for his 2009 album Electric Dirt. It turned out to be Helm’s final studio album.
Last night’s Cap show also featured a lengthy second set of music. One particularly interesting sequence opened with “Cryptical Envelopment” and moved into “The Other One,” “Estimated Prophet,” “Eyes of the World,” “Dark Star,” a jam based around “Low Rider,” “St Stephen,” “Turn on Your Lovelight,” “Dark Star” and “Morning Dew.” Like his entire run at the Cap, Lesh’s band featured singer/songwriter Jackie Greene, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik, Black Crowes/Chris Robinson Brotherhood keyboardist Adam MacDougall and Furthur/Duo drummer Joe Russo.
The show closed out Lesh’s four-night residency at the recently reopened venue. The theater designed special projections for the run, including many images that went along with classic Dead songs (the above image corresponds to “Wave That Flag” earlier in the run). Lesh had not performed at the theater since 1971 before this stretch of shows.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via Philzone.org
Sunday, November 18, Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY
Set I: Here Comes Sunshine > Row Jimmy, Tom Thumb Blues, Built to Last > Just a Little Light, Brown Sugar*, Tennessee Jed^, The Weight*
Set II: Playin’ in the Band, Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Estimated Prophet > Eyes of the World > Dark Star> Low Rider Jam> St Stephen > Lovelight > Dark Star > Morning Dew, Playin’ in the Band Reprise
E: Brokedown Palace
*with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
^with Teresa Williams
Photos by Dino Perrucci