79 Memorable Moments with Phil Lesh at The Cap
Happy 79th Birthday, Phil Lesh! Thank you for filling our lives with joy, music, and happiness. As we celebrate 79 shows with you tonight, we're looking back at 79 memorable moments.
1. November 15, 2012
Starting on this special day in Cap history, Phil Lesh marks his return to The Cap with a string of 4 shows from 11/15/12 - 11/18/12. Here is a video of Phil performing the track “The Eleven" on his first night back.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIci1LcL8eA
2. November 16, 2012
On his second night back at The Cap, Phil and Friends performed a stellar show. The first song of the night was a cover of Sam Cooke’s version of “Let the Good Times Roll.” Check out the setlist by clicking here!
3. November 17, 2012
During the third show Phil and Friends played an incredible show that was heavy on covers which had been a part of the Grateful Dead's repertoire, including Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" and The Beatles' "Revolution." Below is a video of Phil & Friends performing "Revolution" for the first time in over a decade.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hie4Lstacc
4. November 18, 2012
For Phil’s last night at the newly reopened Capitol Theatre, he decided to tap into his experimental side. He opened the show with a cover of “Here Comes the Sun.” To close the first set Phil & Friends, featuring Larry Campbell and Theresa Williams, performed The Band's classic song “The Weight.” Phil was also joined by Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams for a Rolling Stones cover ("Brown Sugar") and a resounding rendition of "Sugaree." Below is a fan video of the performance of “The Weight”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqHFHzwxYlI
5. April 15, 2013
After a short five-month break from the Cap, Phil found himself back, this time with his band Furthur. This show was the start of their famous nine show run, where they played nine shows at The Cap over the course of ten days. Here is a video of Furthur performing the encore “U.S. Blues.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcACiA7_XYQ
6. April 16, 2013
On the second night of Furthur's nine-day stay at The Cap they did a cover of the amazing Beatles' “She Came Through the Bathroom Window.” Below is a fan video of the performance of the track from this night.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YgX3fZ5OXc
7. April 17, 2013
On the third night of Furthur's nine-day residency, they opened with The Beatles' “Here Comes the Sun” and dove into a first set full of deep cuts, including "Looks Like Rain" and "Big Bad Blues." After an exhilarating two sets Phil and Furthur came back out to perform an encore of the Grateful Dead track “Touch of Grey.”
8. April 19, 2013
Midway through Furthur's only stay at The Cap they played a beautiful rendition of Johnny Cash's "Oh Come, Angel Band" as the encore of the show. See the show-stopping video below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2eR7Sh3PMc
9. April 20, 2013
Furthur's sixth show at The Cap also ended with a cover of an all-time great. For the show’s encore Phil and Further performed Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.” Below is a short clip of Furthers performance of “Johnny B. Goode”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUsQ-vC3ZS8
10. April 21, 2013
On the seventh night of their nine night run, Furthur played a set filled with fan favorites, including "Lost Sailor" and "Terrapin Station." They also pulled out an energetic rendition of "Foolish Heart," a song Furthur only played 19 times the entire time they played together. Watch a clip of that amazing performance below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hie4Lstacc
11. April 23, 2013
This show saw Furthur cover a variety of tracks by a variety of different artists and bands ranging from George Harrison to Bob Dylan. Attached below is a video of Furthur opening the show to George Harrison's “Any Road.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQnyIf8n5eQ
12. April 24, 2013
For their second to last show at The Cap, Furthur again decided to go with a set list with a wide variety of music. In addition to Dead classics like "Row Jimmy" and "Ripple," they covered tracks ranging from The Beatles' “Hey Jude” to The Meters' “Hey Pocky A-way.” Attached below is a clip of further opening up the April twenty-fourth show with “Hey Pocky A-way”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eclKaqDq6Cs
13. April 25, 2013
For the last show of the Furthur's remarkable stay at The Capitol Theatre, Furthur brought out all the stops to finish off on a high note. They played some high energy favorites, including "Eyes of the World," "Uncle John's Band," and "Scarlet Begonias." Below is a clip of Furthur performing “Scarlet Begonias” to open up their last set at The Cap.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLugqwLuGgU
14. July 22, 2013
After a three-month break Phil Lesh was back at The Capitol Theatre, this time with Phil Lesh & Friends. Phil brought out musicians John Kadlecik, John Medski, Joe Russo, and John Scofield for the second fourteen-song set. Attached below is a clip of Phil Lesh performing “Golden Road” with John Scofield and John Medeski.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT0OGHiVnj4
15. July 23, 2013
Phil Lesh and Friends return for night two at The Cap. This show again featured musicians Joe Russo, John Kadlecick, John Scofield, and John Medeski. Together they played a total of twenty-eight tracks and played through countless jams. Attached is a video from that day of the group performing “Fire on The Mountain.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzeFYG2PMgY
16. October 31, 2013
This is the first show of Phil's now famous “Phil-O-Ween” concert series. This would go on become an annual event where Phil would come to The Cap and perform a Halloween themed show with various musical friends. Below is an incredible fan video from the front row that shows Phil and Friends performing “Who Do You Love/Not Fade Away.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdvHTX6rZrY
17. November 1, 2013
The day after Phil's first "Phil-O-Ween" show, Phil once again rocked The Cap stage with help from friends like Anders Osborne, Jason Crosby, and his son Grahame Lesh. The set was chock full of jams, a pattern that was was immediately apparent from the show's opener “Truckin’.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2Ox0qRiMKA
18. November 2, 2013
During this show Phil Lesh and Friends played selections from Neil Young’s "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere" along with various other hits and deep covers. On this day Phil’s band consisted of Ross James (guitars, vocals), Brian Lesh (guitars, mandolin, vocals), Craig MacArthur (guitars, keys, vocals), Scott Padden (bass, vocals), Alex Koford (drums, vocals), and special guest Jason Crosby (violin). Below is a video of Phil and friends playing the track “Down by the River” from Neil Young’s Everybody Knows This is Nowhere.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu5DHkj36BM
19. November 3, 2013
For the final show of the first Phil-O-Ween, Phil’s band included himself on bass and vocals, Anders Osborne on guitar and vocals, Luther Dickinson guitar and vocals, his son Grahame Lesh guitar and vocals, Jason Crosby on keys and Tony Leone on drums. Below is a video of Phil, Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson shredding to Lynyrd Skynyrd classic “Free Bird’.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1MFgAMgjgo
20. April 2,2014
For Phil’s first show at The Cap in 2014 he again brought some of his friends. This show included John Kadlecik, Larry Campbell, Theresa Williams, Jeff Chimenti, Joe Russo, and lastly special guest Boyd Tinsley accompanying with a violin. Below is a photo of Phil, Larry Campbell, and Joe Russo all jamming on The Cap's stage.
21. April 3, 2014
Like the night before Phil’s band included John Kadlecik, Larry Campbell, Theresa Williams, Jeff Chimenti, Joe Russo, and Boyd Tinsley. On this night Phil and friends played strictly Grateful Dead songs, including this fantastic version of "Attics of My Life."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2qTXVrh7LQ
22. April 4, 2014
Continuing a stretch of electric shows for Phil’s first set of 2014 shows at The Cap, this show featured Phil jamming with the same band from the previous two nights. Below is a video of them performing the 1970 Grateful Dead track “Friend of The Devil”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68JrAYgklwo
23. April 5, 2014
At his fourth show in as many days at The Cap, Phil again continued to shred with the same band from the previous nights. Below is a video of Phil and Friends wrapping up their first set of the night with an emotional “Box of Rain”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGp6RvbLDpU
24. April 9, 2014
After a run of four shows that ran from April 2nd through to April 5th, Phil was back at The Cap four days later. His friends for the first run of shows were John Kadlecik, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Jeff Chimenti, and Joe Russo. For the second run, he enlisted Kadlecik and Russo once again but with the additions of Marco Benevento and Jackie Greene. The first set of the night ended with the Grateful Dead classic “Bertha,” which was debuted at The Cap in 1971.
25. April 10, 2014
For this show Phil returned to The Cap with the same group of musicians as he did the night before. They played a high energy set, featuring such classics as "Cassidy," "China Cat Sunflower," and "Sugaree."
26. April 11, 2014
With the same band as the night before, Phil was again back at The Cap producing yet another memorable performance. After two sets of high energy performance, Phil and Friends wrapped up the night with the Grateful Dead track “So Many Roads” as the encore. Below is a video of the performance.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASMN5Fk9U_A
27. April 12, 2014
For the final show of this seven-show run Phil went with the band configuration of Jackie Greene, Bill Evans, Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, and John Kadlecik. This group performed with a level of chemistry that takes most bands years to form. Below is a video of Phil & Friends opening their second set of the night with “Secret Begonias.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0C_g8YqulE
28 & 29. May 29-30, 2014
After a long month away from The Cap Phil Lesh & Friends returned once more. For this two night show run Phil brought along some new and familiar faces. His band consisted of John Scofield, John Medeski, John Kadlecik, Joe Russo, and Ross James for the first set and Niles Cline and Jordan Levine for the second.
30. October 31, 2014
Halloween 2014 brought Phil Lesh’s and friends back to the cap for the second annual Phil-O-Ween show run. Phil brought along some Phil and Friends regulars with John Kadlecik and Joe Russo, but he also brought the new faces of Dan Leobowitz, Rob Barraco and Scott Law. Below is a video of the group jamming during a cover of “Sympathy for the Devil.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=E9lAZLUT6ZQ
31. November 1, 2014
On the second and last day of 2014’s Phil-O-Ween celebration, Phil Lesh and Friends made sure no audience member left unsatisfied. You can see this energy clearly in this clip of Phil and Friends grooving to the track “Tennessee Jed.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcIQ7nOrUgg
32. November 7, 2014
Even though Phil-O-Ween was over, Phil couldn't stay away from The Cap for long! He was back at The Cap a week later to continue his string of playing five weekends in a row at The Cap. For this particular weekend, Phil was accompanied by members of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood as well as special guest Eric Krasno.
33. November 8, 2014
For Phil’s second show of the weekend he came back to The Cap with the same group as the night before. Like the night prior Phil stepped out of the spotlight and concentrated on shredding his bass as Chris Robinson took over the role of lead vocals. Along with playing classic Grateful Dead tracks, the group also covered some of rocks most recognizable songs like Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” and Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5GJPtLAC3Q
34. November 14, 2014
In the thick of an epic five-weekend residency at The Cap Phil Lesh came back on the 14th with a similar group of friends: Larry Campbell, Theresa Williams, John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, and Joe Russo. The show really kicked off during the performance of “After Midnight”; John Kadlecik performed lead vocals for this track and delivered a performance Jerry would approve of. During the second set after playing “Eyes of The World” Phil and Friends found themselves engaged in a deep jam. Then suddenly Phil steps to the mic and began reciting “Dark Star’s” first verse. Audience members quickly realized that this was unlike any “Dark Star” intro they gave heard. This intro featured a new twist and turns that lead into a jam that teased “Wharf Rat."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMp_fAm-8Ng
35. November 15, 2014
In 2013 Capitol Theatre owner Peter Shaprio had signed an agreement with Phil Lesh to play a jaw-dropping thirty shows at The Capitol Theatre in 2014. This was a decision Shaprio would not regret as Phil was able to bring a contagious energy to the theatre each night he came. This particular show kicked off with a fiery performance of “Cumberland Blues.” The second set opener was also a crowd pleaser with a surprising rendition of The Byrd’s track “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
36. November 21, 2014
At the start of his fourth consecutive weekend at The Cap, Phil brought along new band additions for the crowd to enjoy: Al Schnier and Keller Williams. Rounding out the band was regulars Dan Lebowtiz, John Kadlecik, Joe Russo, and Jason Crosby. To much of the crowds' delight, the band paid homage music legend Lou Reed. The band played his track “Sweet Jane” which lead into a seamless transition back into playing Grateful Dead classics. In such a monster show run over the course of 365 days, most performers would find it difficult to bring a new exciting element to each show, but Phil did it with ease.
37. November 22, 2014
Phil returned to The Cap to complete his fourth consecutive weekend performing at the venue with the same band from the night before. Throughout the show, Phil and his band ripped through Dead classics like “West L.A Fadeaway,” “Dupree’s Diamond Blue,” and "Stella Blues." Below is a video of them jamming out to "Stella Blue!"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhuLTTexT-8
38. November 28, 2014
For Phil’s last weekend of his historic run, he again decided to bring new faces along. At this show, his band consisted of Anders Osborne on guitar, Stu Allen on guitar, Marco Benevento on keys, Joe Russo on drums, and a special appearance by Joan Osborne who provided extra vocals. On this night the band played a variety of covers, ranging from Neil Young to John Lennon. For the start of the second set, the band opened with Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” which made for a seamless transition into Phil’s own track “Unbroken Chain.” After Phil’s signature “Donor Rap,” the band came out to perform an encore. The song of choice was The Grateful Dead’s jam "Morning Dew" with two incredible solos by Anders Osborne and Stu Allen. Below is a video of the band performing the cover “Heart of Gold.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY_Ra7_r93g
39. November 29, 2014
As fans geared up to see Phil one last time on this historic run, he prepared to deliver another unforgettable performance. He returned with the same band as the night prior and again performed a blend of classic rock hits and Grateful Dead favorites. Unfortunately, this marked the end of Phils five weekend-long residency at The Cap but Phil and his many band members left behind unforgettable memories. Below is a video of the band performing the Dead’s “New Speedway Boogie.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBLHRdeH6mU
40. December 29, 2014
41. December 30, 2014
The second show of PhilRAD’s New Year shows marked Phil’s remarkable thirty-first show at The Cap in 2014. For this show, Phil led the band through a two-hour show playing favorites from the immense Grateful Dead catalog. The show was filled with sing-along tracks and intense jams between the members on stage. The band was able to show incredible on-stage chemistry which was all the more impressive considering this was just their second show together. The show was concluded with an encore of Jerry Garcia's incredible track “Ruben and Cherise,” of which you can see video below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ9bCA790-Q
42. December 31, 2014
After Phil Lesh’s unforgettable year at the venue, it was only logical for him to play the last show of the year. Phil and his band celebrated the end of 2014 with a three-set show that saw them play strictly Grateful Dead songs. The energy was incredible in the venue as everyone celebrated the beginning of 2015 together.
43. March 15, 2015
After a long three month period without a Phil Lesh performance, Phil found himself at back The Cap for his seventy-fifth birthday. This would be the start of what became an annual show run for Phil’s birthday. With the new year, he brought along new band members. For this run of shows he enlisted The Allman Brothers' Warren Haynes to play guitar, Eric Krasno also on guitar, Rob Barraco on the keys, and John Molo on drums. The show featured multiple jams throughout both sets. The show concluded with the entire crowd singing Phil happy birthday. Below is a short clip of the entire crowd singing happy birthday to Phil!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTTfjBYSrV8
44. March 16, 2015
For the second night of Phil’s 75th birthday celebration, Phil returned with the same band as the night prior. Phil and Friends would take this opportunity to build up momentum for the second set by performing a jam filled cover from Warren Haynes former band The Allman Brothers: “Blue Sky.” First the audience was treated to a solo by Krasno then another solo featuring Bracco and his piano, and lastly the audience witnessed Warren Haynes rip through a magical solo that seemingly never ended.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXauZR-viZY
45. March 18, 2015
After a day off from performance, Phil and Friends were back at The Cap but with minor changes to his band. For the last two shows of the birthday celebration, Barry Sless replaced Eric Krasno. A standout performance of the night was a knock-your-socks-off rendition of "Not Fade Away."
46. March 19, 2015
For the finale of Phil Lesh's seventy-fifth birthday run, he and his bandmates made sure it was a night no one in the audience would forget. The show opened with “Cassidy” and was followed by “Bird Song”, both songs debuted at The Cap in 1974 and 1971 respectively. Also toward the end of the first set, Phil and friends played the Phil Lesh written track “Pride of Cucamonga” which was never actually played live by The Grateful Dead. Midway through the second set Phil again played a song written by himself. Before he played the song he shared an interesting tidbit about the track, saying that “What’s weird about that song is I sort of did it as a joke. It’s a take on a Fleetwood Mac tune called “Station Man.” Attached below is a video of Phil and the band performing his track “Passenger”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WPAio8PMvI
47. October 30, 2015
After Phil’s longest break from performing at The Cap since it reopened back in 2012, he returned to The Cap for his annual Phil-O-Ween show run. For this show, Phil brought along Stanley Jordan and Tony Leone in addition to Jason Crosby and John Kadlecik. Below is a video of Phil and friends performing “All Along the Watchtower”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZO2SjU9i64
48. October 31, 2015
For the Halloween show of 2015’s annual Phil-O-Ween run, Phil came back to The Cap with the same group of musicians as the night before with the addition of Scott Matzger who provided additional guitar. After a night filled with Grateful Dead covers Phil and friends threw in a surprise for the audience. Late in the second set Phil and Stanley Jordan broke in the the Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child”. Below is video of the band jamming to the classic Jimi Hendrix record.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xnuvVVBSsw
49. November 1, 2015
For the third and final show of 2015 Phil-O-Ween special, Phil and Friends tasked themselves with revisiting a past Grateful Dead show from November, 1st 1985. For the thirtieth anniversary of the show, Phil and his band revisited the tunes from that electric night. Rather than recreate the show in its entirety, the band explored the tunes from that day working off each other to create their own legendary performance.
50. November 5, 2015
For this show Phil and his band - which consisted of John Molo, Jason Crosby, Barry Sless, Scott Law, and David Nelson - performed a complete recreation of the legendary February 19th, 1971 show that the Dead performed at The Cap. The band ended with an encore of “Casey Jones” which left the audience eager for two more nights of Phil and Friends.
51. November 6, 2015
After an incredible recreation of a classic Grateful Dead show at the Cap from 1971 Phil returned the next night with the same group of musicians plus a new addition. For this show, he enlisted his son Grahame to play guitar with him on select tracks.
52. November 7, 2015
Like the night before, Phil and his bandmates came into ready to give the crowd an unforgettable show. Below is a video of the band performing Frankie Vaughan's hit “Garden of Eden”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OK43zB0suY
53. March 15, 2016
For his first show at The Cap in 2016 Phil performed for his 76th birthday show. This show also marked the first time Phil came to The Cap with The Q. Otherwise known as The Quintet, The Q consists of Warren Haynes, John Molo, Rob Barraco, and Jimmy Herring. Below is the performance of “Althea” with Warren Haynes.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM7xSBuVUT8
54. March 17, 2016
For the second show of Phil’s 76th birthday run, he returned once more with The Q. One of these surprises was a performance of the Ryan Adams song “Let it Ride”. Below is a fan-recorded video of the performance.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwFjUGiDVHA
55. March 18, 2016
This show marked the last show of Phil's 76th birthday celebration run. To open the second set Phil and The Q opened with the Phil written song "Unbroken Chain". Below is a video of Phil and The Q performing "Unbroken Chain".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh3euIa0Ynk
56. May 27, 2016
After a long two months of no Phil and Friends, he was back at The Cap for a set of shows on Memorial Day weekend. All of Phil's friends for the show had experience with Phil performing on The Cap stage. His friends for the show were Warren Haynes, John Medeski, Eric Krasno, and Tony Leone. This show featured Phil and friends exploring many different sounds of rock music, including nods to the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, and The Band. As the show reached max spaciness, Phil and Warren brought the show back to earth with the "Spots of Time".
57. May 28, 2016
Phil again returned to The Cap with the same band members as the night before, but he also brought along a new friend who had yet to perform with Phil Lesh and Friends; making his Phil and Friends debut was the legendary Melvin Seals. He was there to offer another guiding hand for a show that would feature a deep exploration into multiple corners of rock music. The musical selection for the night featured tracks from The Beatles, Traffic, Cream, and again more nods to the Allman Brothers and The Band. Below is a video of the group performing the Phil Lesh and Friends staple "She Said, She Said".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThRhdrY5lEw
58. May 29, 2016
For the last of Phil's 2016 Memorial Day weekend shows, he returned with the same band members as the night prior. Below is one of Melvin Seals' incredible piano jam.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wbYiBQcrUo
59. October 28, 2016
For the third annual Phil-O-Ween show run Phil brought a great selection of musicians: Larry Campbell, Luther Dickinson, Barry Sless, Jason Crosby, John Molo, Theresa Williams, and Nicki Bluhm. For the encore of this show, Phil and his long list of friends did a rollicking rendition of "Turn on Your Love Light".
60. October 29, 2016
For the second night of the 2016 Phil-O-Ween festivities, Phil brought back the same group of performers as the night before. This night they performed a skillful rendition of the Allman Brothers' "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed", video of which is available below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNjyVeqMQII
61. October 31, 2016
For the last show of Phil-O-Ween 2016, Phil again brought back the same group from the rest of the run. To cap off 2016's Phil-O-Ween, Phil and Friends performed the classic Halloween track "Sympathy For The Devil."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4izpPyoG9LI
62. March 15, 2017
After a short hiatus, Phil returned to The Cap for his 77th birthday celebration. For this special celebration, he elected to bring Jason Crosby, Joan Osborne, John Kadlecik, Stanley Jordan, and Mark Levy. Everyone aside from Mark Levy has been a regular on Phil and Friends show, but for Mark Levy, this would be the first time he performed with Phil and Friends on The Capitol's stage. Below is a fan video of the performance of "Bertha".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0OPoEmoz9U
63. March 16, 2017
Even though Phil's birthday had already passed, he wasn't ready to stop celebrating. Surprises have become customary for the Phil and Friends shows but no one could've sees this performance coming: during the second set, Phil and Stanley Jordan broke out into the classic song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Attached is a video of Stanley and Phil delivering that unforgettable performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGoyK8pVMrc
64. March 17, 2017
For the last show of Phil Lesh's 77th birthday celebration, he and his band made sure to leave a mark on the audience. They played through many notable Grateful Dead tracks, and finished off the show with a "U.S Blues" encore. Below is a fan-recorded video of the show's final song.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ORXPnRy4dk
65. May 26, 2017
For the 2017 Memorial Day weekend slate of shows, Phil brought along a superstar set of friends that included Jackie Greene, Jason Crosby, Tony Leone, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Karl Denson, Robert Randolph, Ross James, and Alex Koford. Attached is a video of the group transitioning from one great Dead song to another: "Slipknot" going into "Help On The Way".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMvnGxYfdjA
66. May 27, 2017
Phil returned the next night with many of the same friends, though the Preservation Hall Jazz Band was replaced by Neal Casal. Deciding to open the show on an emotional note and build the energy up from there, he begun with a soulful performance of "Box of Rain". And build the energy he did - the show ended with three high energy jams of "I Know You Rider", "Sugar Magnolia", and "One More Saturday Night".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVpYP0vYzFU
67. October 31, 2017
Phil made his triumphant return to The Cap stage on Halloween for his annual Phil-O-Ween show. And this time, The Cap (and the city of Port Chester) had a surprise: Deputy Mayor and Port Chester Trustee Luis Marino presented Phil with the key to Port Chester! As The Cap explained in a statement, "Phil Lesh received the Key to the Village not just for his triumphs in the music industry, but also for his promotion of unity, community, and self-expression in his music and his actions... [he is] the ideal candidate to receive this prestigious honor from the place that has become his home-away-from-home.”
68. October 31, 2017
Even beyond the remarkable honor of being granted the key to the village of Port Chester, Phil and Friends also put on a fantastic Phil-O-Ween show. The band debuted three new covers: "Old Man" by Neil Young, "The Apartment Song" by Tom Petty, and a highly appropriate cover of the Halloween classic "Monster Mash". With the help of The Preservation Jazz Hall Band, Phil opened the second set with an energetic cover of the classic song "Werewolves in London".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce2W2TCTP3U
69. March 2018
For Phil's return to The Cap for his 78th birthday, The Cap made sure to welcome him in style by putting up a "Phil-board" wishing him a happy birthday! The billboard stayed up for a month, making sure that even after his shows were played and the day celebrated, Phil would know how much The Cap and the entire village of Port Chester appreciated him.
70. March 14, 2018
Phil kicked off his 78th birthday run by doing a co-headline show with Steve Winwood, a pairing affectionately dubbed "PhilWood" after the announcement. Phil, joined by members of the Terrapin Family Band, put on an electrifying performance that didn't stop until after midnight. The band also played the lost Robert Hunter gem “Jack O’Roses” — originally part of the “Terrapin Station” suite but never played by the Grateful Dead — which perfectly set up their following performance of "Terrapin Station".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBccB7MuB5I
71. March 15, 2018
Phil's 78th birthday show with the Terrapin Family Band was a special show for more than one reason. Though certainly, any birthday performance is significant, this show was made more so by the Port Chester Fire Department (Harry Howard Hook & Ladder Co. #1) coming on stage before the second set began to make Phil an honorary member of their team, complete with a decked out helmet. You can watch a video of the fire chief and crew members explaining the importance the Grateful Dead has played in their lives below, which includes a clip of the moment Phil is given the honorary membership on stage.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIyHb_uyRYo
72. March 15, 2018
Of course, the show itself was remarkable even beyond the gift Harry Howard Hook & Ladder Co. #1 bestowed upon him. The second set especially was full of energy, and it was clear that the entire crowd was feeling it. After playing classics "The Music Never Stopped" and "Shakedown Street", Phil and the Terrapin Family Band transitioned into the aptly named "Get Off Your Ass and Jam", a cover of a song by Funkadelic. By the end of the night, no one was tired despite dancing the night away.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMER0-OJaRI
73. March 16, 2018
Phil’s third-night of his 2018 birthday run included many non-Dead songs like The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane,” Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up in Blue” and the Rolling Stones’ “Tumblin’ Dice.” Phil & The Terrapin Family band were joined by John Scofield during this epic show. Here's the band performing "St. Stephen."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf0GF1wZP2g
74. September 6, 2018
As always, it wasn't long until Phil returned to The Cap. Though he only returned for a single show, that was more than enough to bring down the house. With the help of the Terrapin Family Band, Nicki Bluhm, and Eric Krasno, Phil played an amazing set that started with the classic Grateful Dead song "Jack Straw". Rounding out the set with a few covers and some Dead deep cuts like "Cream Puff War" and "Easy Wind", Phil made sure that this was a show to remember.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-LjV2c3ysA
75. October 31, 2018
For this year's Phil-O-Ween celebration, Phil teamed up with members of the band Twiddle to form a collaboration colloquially known as "Phiddle." Without a doubt, this collaboration was worth the hype. In addition to some standard Grateful Dead songs like "Althea", "Shakedown Street", and "Sugar Magnolias", Phiddle also delivered with stunning covers of "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Highway to Hell" to close out the night.
76. November 1, 2018
For the second night of Phil-O-Ween, Phil enlisted the help of jam legends Karl Denson and Jimmy Herring. With the two of them rounding out the already spectacular Terrapin Family Band, it was inevitable that the show would be one no one would forget. Adding in two Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young only cemented that.
77. November 2, 2018
The last night of Phil's 2018 Phil-O-Ween run was just as good as the last two shows would lead one to expect. Phil and Friends played a stirring rendition of the Phil Lesh composed "New Potato Caboose" in addition to an extended "St. Stephen" jam. Another fun surprise came about when Phil and Friends did a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City", video of which can be seen below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52S7XSaStaQ
78. March 14, 2019
For the beginning of his 79th birthday show run, Phil played an absolutely spectacular show with assistance from Jackie Greene, John Scofield, Benmont Tench, Luther Dickinson, Amy Helm, John Molo, and his son Grahame. This show is already considered one of the best Phil has played, and one look at the setlist is all you need to confirm this. With "Scarlet Begonias", "Eyes of the World", and "Uncle John's Band", how could it not be an incredible show? Combine this set filled with high energy jams and an audience who returned that energy right back to stage, it was the only appropriate way to kick off Phil's 79th birthday run.
79. March 15, 2019
And, of course, tonight's show. Tonight will not only be Phil's 79th birthday show, it is also the 79th show he has played at The Cap since it reopened in 2012. So join us tonight in wishing Phil the happiest of birthdays while we also celebrate all of these great moments from his past 78 shows.