Link to: JamBase, April 18, 2016 On Sunday, Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, California presented the grand opening of its new Backyard outdoor space. A version of Phil Lesh & Friends featuring all three members of Soulive, keyboardist Jason Crosby, guitarist Jackie Greene and The Terrapin Horns headlined the concert with two sets and a lengthy encore.
The action started with a Cosmic Twang set that was heavy on Merle Haggard tunes and also included a take on “Ramble On Rose.” Soulive then treated the capacity crowd to a performance that mixed originals and covers such as Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Lenny” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone From The Sun.”
Phil Lesh, Jason Crosby, Jackie Greene, guitarist Eric Krasno, keyboardist Neal Evans, drummer Alan Evans and a three-piece horn section opened their first set with a “Playing In The Band” sung by Jackie. Greene handled most of the lead vocals for the Phil & Friends’ sets. Songs performed in the opening stanza included the Beatles’ “Revolution,” The Rolling Stones’ “Get Off My Cloud” and takes on “Good Lovin’,” “New Minglewood Blues,” “Sugaree” and “Dancing In The Street.”
The ensemble focused more on Grateful Dead tunes such as “Shakedown Street,” “West L.A. Fadeaway,” “Viola Lee Blues,” “The Other One” and “Franklin’s Tower” in the second set. Greene also led the group through The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” while Phil & Friends worked an instrumental version of “Eleanor Rigby” into the set as well. The evening’s extended encore started with “Deal” > “Turn On Your Lovelight” and ended with covers of “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” and “Not Fade Away.”
Set One: Playing In The Band, Good Lovin’, New Minglewood Blues, Get Off My Cloud, Sugaree, Revolution, Dancing In The Streets
Set Two: Shakedown Street > West L.A. Fadeaway, Satisfaction, Viola Lee Blues, Alligator > Jackie Rap > Eleanor Rigby > The Other One > Franklin’s Tower
Encore: Deal > Turn On Your Lovelight, Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, Not Fade Away