Phil Lesh Celebrates 77th Birthday at the Capitol Theatre
Last night, Phil Lesh celebrated his 77th birthday with a show at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre featuring vocalist Joan Osborne, guitarists Stanley Jordan and John Kadlecik, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby and drummer Mark Levy. The night featured plenty of Grateful Dead classics, plus some select covers and even a birthday message from Lesh’s Dead bandmate Bob Weir.
The show kicked off with a staple cover of J.J. Cale’s After Midnight followed by a few Dead tunes, “Mr. Charlie,” “Bertha” and “Broken Arrow” before the collective jammed on a couple classic songs, Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” and The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.” The first set then concluded with Lesh’s “Box of Rain” and a cover of Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.”
Set two opened with the obligatory “Shakedown Street” before a run of “New Speedway Boogie” into “The Other One” led into a “My Favorite Things” jam and eventually a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” The set also included Dead staples like “Sugaree,” “Terrapin Station,” “I Know You Rider” and “Not Fade Away.”
The encore started with a special video birthday message from Weir for Lesh’s 77th before Capitol Theatre proprietor Peter Shapiro came onstage to present Lesh with a birthday cake. The evening then rounded out with “Turn On Your Lovelight” and a round of “Happy Birthday.”
See the full setlist below as it appears in our Box Scores section, along with video from the evening, as recorded by YouTube user sgibson818. Lesh and company continue their three-night run at the Cap tonight and tomorrow.
Phil Lesh & Friends
Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
Set I: After Midnight, Mr. Charlie, Bertha, Broken Arrow, Sounds of Silence Jam, Eleanor Rigby Jam, Box of Rain, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
Set II: Shakedown Street, New Speedway Boogie, The Other One, Stairway to Heaven, Sugaree, Lady With a Fan, Terrapin Station, I Know You Rider, Not Fade Away
Enc: Turn On Your Lovelight, Happy Birthday
Notes: Phil Lesh’s 77th birthday celebration; Encore began with video message from Bob Weir and a cake presentation by Peter Shapiro