Head Usher Brian Lynch Celebrates The Cap's Sixth Anniversary with His Favorite Shows

Sep 25  / Tuesday

The Cap celebrated our sixth year of live music magic this September! Since re-opening in 2012, we've had an amazing ride and can't thank all of our fans and staff enough for their support. We spoke with Head Usher Brian Lynch about his most memorable moments from The Cap. Although this list could stretch for miles, Brian has narrowed it down and shared his top shows over the years.

Phil Lesh & Friends: 2012-2018

"By far, the most fun shows to work are the Phil Lesh shows. The theater is literally jumping with energy, and everyone is dancing throughout the building. The best nights at The Cap for me have been the Phil Lesh & Friends Halloween and other New Year's Eve shows. Everyone is in a great mood and the bands always rise to the occasion. "

Brian's Favorite Shows of 2012

Kenny Wayne Shepherd on September 22, 2012

"We have had many great gifted guitarists at The Cap, but Kenny Wayne Shepherd really does it for me. His cover of Jimi Hendrix's 'Voodoo Chile' is stellar. "


Al Green on October 25, 2012

"Al was so smooth and had his audience eating out of the palm of his hand. One woman hugged Al, turned around, and began gushing tears and hugging me out of pure happiness. Priceless."

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience on November 14, 2012

"Seeing Jason Bonham cover the Zeppelin catalogue and drumming alongside a video of his dad, John Bonhman, on 'Moby Dick' made this show memorable."


Phil Lesh & Friends on November 18, 2012

"I personally felt like this was the strongest show of the 4 night run. This show featured a sit-in from Larry Campbell and Theresa Williams."

The Rascals on December 13-22, 2012

"We were lucky enough to host 6 shows for The Rascal's 'Once Upon a Dream' show. You could not help but fall in love with these guys. Seeing the show six times was great and never appeared redundant to me."


My Morning Jacket on December 28, 2012

"My Morning Jacket came in and played a three night run of completely different feeling shows. This show was full of psychedelic vibes, featuring a 20 minute 'Dodante,' which was a highlight for me."


Brian's Favorite Shows of 2013

George Thorogood on March 16, 2013

"George boogies while he plays and he is contagious. he had a nice stage show which followed the songs lyrically and visually. Very entertaining."


BB King on April 11, 2013

"We were honored just to be in the same room with BB. He was telling a story as much as he was singing, which was fun. he sat on the stage for an hour after the show and signed autographs for anyone and everyone."


Futhur on April 15-25, 2013

"Nine nights of shows made us the center of the Grateful Dead universe for a solid 2 weeks."


Weird Al Yankovic on June 2, 2013

"The show that Weird Al put on was a fun experience. He really goes all out with his costumes and personas. Hysterical!"


David Byrne + St. Vincent on June 29, 2013

"David Byrne puts as much effort into the visual delivery of his material as his songs. Using minimal stage effects, the numerous band members made the sets come together with the alignment and configuration of their bodies."


The Monkees on July 15, 2013

"Growing up on The Monkees made this one a sentimental favorite."


Elvis Costello on November 11 + 12, 2013

"He plays around 30 songs a night and changes it up constantly."

Brian's Favorite Shows of 2014

Primus on June 24, 2014

"These guys deliver the best warped out jamming shows around."

Elvis Costello & The Roots on March 12, 2014

"This show he played with the roots, which added a whole different and great dynamic."


Steely Dan on September 19-21, 2014

"Crystal clear sound and the strongest of catalogues to choose from. Donald Fagen's voice was perfect."


Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters on September 25, 2014

"An indicator for this show is how big a legend he is. The moment he walked on stage, no one purchased a drink from then on, all eyes in the theater were glued to the stage."


The Complete Last Waltz on November 26, 2014

"Forty musicians recreating the iconic 1976 show by The Band."


Flogging Molly on December 2, 2014

"One roving punk infused St. Patrick's day show every night they play. The audience was bouncing off of each other in the mosh pit."


Michael McDonald on December 6, 2014

"A strong blend of Christmas tunes mixed with Doobie Brothers classics. His voice makes the show."

Brian's Favorite Shows of 2015

Jeff Beck w/ Tyler Bryant on April 13, 2015

"Amazing shows, even more amazing sound check. He does 'A Day in The Life' and it just blows you away."


Steve Winwood on April 24 + 25, 2015

"Voice is still perfect. He played a Traffic fan's dream setlist and shied away from his 80s pop catalogue."


Kenny Wayne Shepherd on June 18, 2015

"Just amazingly gifted."


Rodrigo y Gabriela on June 19, 2015

"Gabriela just floors me with her playing. She plays the rhythm and percussion at the same time. Her style is fascinating."


Relix Presents: Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit on August 15, 2015

"Jimmy Herring and Oteil Burbridge, both amazing together. Col. Bruce Hampton taught these players well."


Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters w/ Sean Rowe on September 17, 2015

"Great band. Once again he froze the room."

Cheap Trick w/ Jesse Malin on September 26, 2015

"Probably an average night for them but I just loved it. Rick Neilsen is truly entertaining to watch."


Joe Walsh on October 7 + 8, 2015

"You knew you were lucky to be in the room. He is downright funny. He played blistering versions of 'Turn to Stone.'"


Brian's Favorite Shows of 2016

Joe Satriani on March 3, 2016

"You would think watching a guy shred for three hours would get boring, but it is the opposite with Joe. You cannot help but be engaged by his playing."


Keb Mo' on May 14, 2016

"Pure Blues. So pure and entertaining."


Claypool Lennon Delirium on June 18, 2016

"Psychedelic tight music. Sean Lennon holds his own with Les Claypool. This is in my Top 5 favorite shows I've seen at The Cap."


Chris Cornell on June 25, 2016

"Just him and an acoustic guitar. His voice consumed the theater. Top notch. We had no idea we'd never get to see him again."


Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F**K He Wants on July 8, 2016

"The Cease and Desist tour. Dweezil defiantly playing whatever he wants."


Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy on July 19, 2016

"Two immortals on the same bill. Jeff beck does the absolute best 'VIP soundcheck' deal. He plays all kinds of stuff that he does not play in his show. Very heavy Hendrix. If you want to splurge on VIP Soundcheck, this is the show to do it."


moe. Acoustic Brunch at Garcia's on December 4, 2016

"Holiday gift to their fan club members. Very loose and fun."


Brian's Favorite Shows of 2017

John Fogerty on February 2, 2017

"Terrific delivery of his classic hits. Kenny Aronoff on drums kicking butt."


Trey Anastasio Band on April 14 + 15, 2017

"Killer cover of 'Dazed and Confused.'"


Harry Connick Jr. on March 23, 2017

"Smooth as silk. I expected a cheesy show, but it was rock solid music with no sign of cheese."

Phil Lesh & Friends w/ Preservation Jazz Hall Band on May 26, 2017

"Very festive show with a New Orleans feel. Many attendees felt it was one of the best Phil Lesh shows."


Graham Nash on July 15, 2017

"One candidate for show of 2017. Just Graham and his backup guitarist. Between his singing voice being perfect and his story telling, it was a fabulous show,"


An Evening with Lyle Lovett & His Band on August 9, 2017

"Rock solid musicianship. Lyle Lovett has the funniest dry humor."


John McLaughlin with Jimmy Herring on November 4, 2017

"Second candidate for show of the year. Just remarkable musicians playing complex music."


King Crimson on November 15, 2017

"Third candidate for show of the year. A band with three drummers up front. So much musicianship going at once, you could not decide which musician to watch."

Brian's Favorite Shows of 2018

Joe Russo's Almost Dead on January 12-14, 2018

"Power dead with turn on a dime musical magic. They have a rabid following now."


Tedeschi Trucks Band on February 20 + 21, 2018

"My favorite touring band. Every night they get better and better."


Dixie Dregs on March 12, 2018

"Steve Morse and his band put in easily one of the best shows of 2018."


107.1 The Peak presents Dan Auerbach & The Easy Eye Sound revue ft. Robert Finley, Shannon Shaw on March 28, 2018

"He brought top Nashville musicians and delivered a rock solid show with his guitar wizadry."

As The Crow Flies on April 17, 2018

"Chris Robinson's new band with Marcus King. It was a night of supercharged Black Crowes."


Ghost on May 15, 2018

"Huge stage production. I knew nothing of them and left a fan of the band."


Acoustic Exploration of The Dead with Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling on June 1, 2018

"Just two of them going through Grateful Dead classics and holding the room in rapt attention."


Bela Fleck and the Flecktones on June 30, 2018

"It is obvious that these musicians are far above the norm. Victor Wooten is worth the price of admission alone."


And 2018 isn't even over yet!