Phil Lesh and Friends
We’re bidding goodnight to 2014 with two nights of Phil Lesh and JRAD at The Capitol Theatre! Founding Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh will join JRAD to become a new incarnation, known for the first time as PhilRAD. This momentous occasion will celebrate Phil Lesh’s first time performing New Year’s Eve on the East Coast since Grateful Dead’s Boston Tea Party show in 1969.
Learning from the source, Joe Russo, who has performed since 2009 with Futhur and Phil Lesh & Friends, has discovered and captured the essence of Grateful Dead’s music and spirit. JRAD has been impressing live audiences around the country performing the Grateful Dead’s songbook, and on December 30 and December 31, Joe, along with guitarists Scott Metzger and Tommy Hamilton, and keyboardist Marco Benevento will join Phil Lesh to become PhilRAD.
Phil Lesh is entering his 15th year of playing with a rotating mix of Friends, both old and new. Phil began playing under the moniker Phil Lesh and Friends in 1998, after he’d returned to performing following the death of his friend and bandmate Jerry Garcia in 1995. With a varied mixture of some of the best performing musicians in the live music universe, Phil has kept his musical journey fresh by constantly and consistently putting together bands featuring dynamic, exciting musicians and singers working together toward keeping the music of the Grateful Dead moving forward into the future.
Musicians who have joined Phil Lesh and Friends over the years include a who’s who of performers: Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell of Phish, Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, John Molo, John Scofield, Greg Osby, Ryan Adams, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Joan Osborne, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Bill Payne and Paul Barrere of Little Feat, Chris Robinson… and the list goes on and on. Phil is continuing the journey with some more recent friends of the past few years: Joe Russo, Jackie Greene, John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti and Adam MacDougall. With the opening of Terrapin Crossroads in 2012, Phil has signaled his intent to keep playing with friends old and new for many years to come.