Jamband Spotlight: Phil Lesh & Friends

Words by Greg Molitor (ReMIND Photography)

Phil Lesh and Friends is an ensemble featuring Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh alongside a ever-rotating cast of tremendously skilled musicians. Since its inception on September 24th, 1994, Lesh’s projects have consistently put out the best performances from the post-Grateful Dead era. Today, we highlight two separate Phil Lesh and Friend’s series of concerts from The Warfield Theater in San Francisco. When listening to the performances, one can notice the amount of freedom each member has been given by Lesh with regards to interpreting Grateful Dead music. By allowing his bandmates to explore the music using their own styles of playing, Lesh expands on the work of the Grateful Dead while holding true to the ideals of improvisational American music culture. Even to this day at age 70, Phil continues to give everything he can during his performances, and we all should be grateful for the time, energy, and love he has committed to making our own musical journeys a little bit brighter each day. We hope you enjoy!


Warfield Run #1 - April 15-17, 1999

Phil Lesh and Friends Live at Warfield Theater on April 15, 1999.



Phil Lesh and Friends Live at Warfield Theater on April 16, 1999.



Phil Lesh and Friends Live at Warfield Theater on April 17, 1999.



Lineup:
Phil Lesh (bass, vocals)
Trey Anastasio (guitar, vocals)Page McConnell (keyboards, vocals)John Molo (drums)Steve Kimock (guitar)Donna Jean Godchaux (vocals)


Warfield Run #2 - December 17-19, 2004

Phil Lesh and Friends Live at Warfield Theater on December 17, 2004.



Phil Lesh and Friends Live at Warfield Theater on December 18, 2004.



Phil Lesh and Friends Live at Warfield Theater on December 19, 2004.



Lineup:
Phil Lesh (bass, vocals)John Molo (drums)Jimmy Herring (electric guitar, acoustic guitar)Chris Robinson (vocals, acoustic guitar)Barry Sless (guitar, pedal steel)Steve Molitz (keyboards)


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