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Published: 2012/11/19

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

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


There are 4 comments associated with this post

Kevin November 19, 2012, 12:10:23

That seamless second set is the TiTs!!!! Sounded greaaaatt

Ken lee November 19, 2012, 14:57:38

What a wonderful place for a show! Meticulously renovated with love and money (a great combo), the acoustics of this classic and classy place make show-going an absolute delight. The venue was warm and friendly, with over-the-top surprises such as giant hi-Rez monitors above the bar so you don’t miss a lick and marvelous wallpaper that appears to be a rich red floral pattern, but when looked at closely, reveals images of past guest artists are rendered within the petals of the design. It’s all good at the Capitol, welcome back!
Phil’s stamina is a thing of beauty, standing and anchoring this current lineup with a solid, ‘tumpin’ bass. Setlist had the crowd surprised and delighted. Best bunch of shows I can remember. The Cap is the place to be, Phil’s friends are the one’s to see.

Ken Lee November 19, 2012, 17:47:53

With twin guitar leads driving the nights I was reminded of Duane Allman and Dicky Betts. A weekend of musical riffs and references, so glad to have attended. The band’s energy was palpable and Phil moved a whole lot of air, rocked us all night long. What a treat!

JeremyDude November 20, 2012, 23:04:00

Phil always delivers pure intense jam and love, you actually pheel the music. The entire run was beautiful, every night was a pure treat.
Thanks again for another unbelievable run, and letting us tape too! Your awesome Happy Thanksgiving

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