Phil Lesh & Friends
The Grate Room
San Rafael, CA
Sun. May 12, 2013
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
John Kadlecik - guitar, violin, vocals
Anders Osborne - guitar, vocals
Jeff Chimenti - keyboards
Joe Russo - drums, percussion
8:15pm - 9:55pm
What's Become of the Baby? pl >
Tomorrow Never Knows Jam > (New Potatoe Caboose hints)
Cryptical Envelopment pl >
The Other One pl >
Jam (Jk hints of Interstellar Overdrive by Pink Floyd & Jacko Homo by Devo) >
The Other One pl >
Jam (funky) >
Dark Star pl, jk, ao >
What's Become of the Baby? pl >
I Know You Rider pl, jk, ao >
What's Become of the Baby? pl
Set list compiled by Rob Scalcione
Because the Phans want to know!
Ok thought I'd try a review before the morning after show glow disappears. If this was a full two set show it may have gone down as my favorite Phil experience ever but since it was only half, it'll just have to go down as one awesome set.
First and foremost PHIL! The man is a national treasure, an incredible and creative mad man that can still fire up the weird and take you for a true musical journey. Going back and forth from the deep dark space (and feedback!) to funky beats bubbling the tempo putting us into a dancing frenzy, without a plan or purpose other than to make it fun. Phil doing the conducting is something I will never tire of.
Anders and Russo were also fantastic. Anders reminded me of the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character. A ball of energy just spinning with musical ideas and big time energy. His playing and going with the flow was infectious. Joe was a beast all night, sometimes to the point of knocking his kit over with enthusiasm, he was way into it, really driving the music at points with his bombastic playing. Early on he lost a stick that flew out to the front of the stage! He had another small tom drum on top of his snare that was getting all these cool sounds. Saw him do a few other things I've never seen from a drummer.
As for the set I never thought I would hear a What Become of the Baby sandwich like that, such a great idea and it really worked. The Cryptical>Other One was a joy. Phil doing the Other One in the beatnik style was just fantastic. This was definitely no sing along version. Really shows how dynamic this music is and how many different ways it can be played and interpreted.
Anders messed up the Dark Star lyrics a bit but no worry, as the music was the focus and they laid down some wonderful improvisations within the Star. The Rider was a perfect way to send us dancing into the Marin night, with just one more slice of the weird Baby to close the sandwich.
There was a glass of water on stage in front of Anders, during the huge jam in Rider, it started spitting out drops of water like a little mini fountain or something. Never seen that before. Phil's bass was rattling us all and making the impossible seem a little real for a few minutes on a Sunday night.
If I had my way every Phil show would be two sets of what we got last night. It truly is what I love about music and why I'll keep going as long as Phil is still doing it. Thank you Phil! Thank you Cody!! Long live Terrapin Crossroads!!!
oops drooped my other lines somehow
It was cool to see JK play the electric fiddle, first time for that, had a couple nice runs. Jeff was his usual solid self, funky and weird with some really cool synth sounds adding nicely to the texture of the music.
Keep em' coming folks...We're just getting started...The new 'thing' is here!
Solid recap Canyon, always great to hear your take... thanks
Did you like it???????
"A ball of energy just spinning with musical ideas and big time energy" - agreed indeed (ready for Wednesday)
my leg hair
and my ears felt like that water glass at times too - complete body sensations, many driven by the mad professor
by the way, it struck me that phil looked younger / more energetic last night
and it surprised me a little to see the mother of his sons enjoying it as much as she did................
"without a plan or purpose other than to make it fun"
there must be a plan within a plan
cause that set was cautionary/ all out take no prisoners wierd all the way through
Excellent review, Canyon. I think I was at the same show. Thanks!
And thanks for your tireless setlisting, Scalcione.
Good job Team Zoners!
holy shit! that is a setlist folks.
Great review Canyon, and great work, as always, Rob.
And LLTD, too.!
I agree with what Canyon said.Only my second show at TXR,but last night I got it! New and improved disabled area since remodel,and great music and audience,not too many drunks my way. A brother from near where I grew up with helped me out by getting me a big glass of water,and another brother helped me out by getting me a coca-cola.I offered him money,but he wouldn't take it!Thanks for helping make this a great evening of improvisational music,Eddieboy! PS I really liked the music,and was properly prepared when it started!Ended a little too early for me,but what are you going to do?