Phil Lesh and Friends Pay Tribute to The Band and More for Halloween
Phil Lesh and Friends returned to the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY last night for the first show of their four-night Halloween weekend run. This incarnation of the project featured Lesh, his son Grahame, Anders Osborne, Luther Dickinson, Jason Crosby and Tony Leone.
Larry Campbell joined the band for most of the first set, which kicked off with takes on “Big Railroad Blues” and The Band’s “Caledonia Mission.” A rendition of Robert Johnson’s “Walkin Blues” came next before Campbell’s wife Teresa Williams took the stage to contribute her vocal chops on a cover of The Band’s “The Weight.” The set then came to a close with “Brown Eyed Women,” Van Morrison’s “And It Stoned Me” and “Deal.”
Things got kind of strange as the band made their way back out for the second set without their namesake, Phil Lesh. In his absence, the bass role was filled by someone in a Terrapin costume, who appeared to be holding—though not actually playing—Phil’s instrument. The set got going with a cover of Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love” that played into “Not Fade Away” before the Terrapin made his exit and Phil returned to his rightful position. No attention was drawn to the bizarre costumed faux-bassist, and the players continued with yet another The Band tune—“We Can Talk”—that segued into “The Wheel.” That song then played into Muddy Waters’ “Two Trains Running,” which was followed by “Scarlet Begonias” and “The Other One.” Dickinson took the lead on a rendition of Hambone Willie Newbern’s “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” before Osborne then took over on a cover of Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer,” which transitioned into a set closing “Fire on the Mountain.” Williams then reappeared for an encore that consisted of a take on Lefty Frizzel’s “Long Black Veil” and The Band’s “Chest Fever.”
You can check out some fantastic photos from last night’s Halloween show here. Phil Lesh and Friends will return to the Capitol Theatre tonight for the second show of their four-night run at the venue.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via our Box Scores section
Thursday, October 31, 2013, Phil Lesh and Friends, The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
Set I: Big Railroad Blues^, Caledonia Mission^, Walkin Blues^, The Weight^^, Brown Eyed Women^, And It Stoned Me^, Deal
Set II: Who Do You Love > Not Fade Away, We Can Talk > The Wheel > Two Trains Running > Scarlet Begonias, The Other One, Rollin’ and Tumblin’, Cortez the Killer > Fire on the Mountain
Enc: Long Black Veil*, Chest Fever
Notes: (^) with Larry Campbell
(^^)with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
(*)with Teresa Williams