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Inspired Grateful Dead Show with Branford Marsalis Now Available in Official Version
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Inspired Grateful Dead Show with Branford Marsalis Now Available in Official Version

If not for bassist Phil Lesh, the Grateful Dead’s March 29, 1990 show at the Nassau Coliseum wouldn’t have been quite as noteworthy as it was. On that night, Lesh invited jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis to sit in for one tune — “Birdsong.” He played it, and then, with the band’s encouragement, stayed for the entire second set. In the...

Furthur Announces Hiatus
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Furthur Announces Hiatus

Furthur, the project started by Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and bassist Phil Lesh, has announced a hiatus. After their four night run in Mexico in January, the group will be taking 2014 off. “Furthur came together in September, 2009, and from its inception was a band Phil and Bob were completely committed to, and still are,” the band stated...

Phil Lesh & Friends Announce Fall Tour
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Phil Lesh & Friends Announce Fall Tour

Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is heading out for a 12-date Fall tour of the East Coast with multiple night residencies in New York and Pennsylvania. Kicking off with a Halloween show, Phil Lesh & Friends will be visiting the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, the Best Buy Theater in New York City and the Tower Theater...

Phil Lesh Done With Recording, Continues Touring With Furthur
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Phil Lesh Done With Recording, Continues Touring With Furthur

Sounds like Phil Lesh is done with studio albums. In a recent interview with Billboard, the 72 year old bassist said Furthur – his current effort with fellow Grateful Dead alumni Bob Weir – has no plans to record new albums, citing their focus on continually evolving music. “Nobody’s mentioned it to me, and certainly it’s not anything I’m interested...

Phil Lesh & Friends to Reunite for Terrapin Crossroads Event
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Phil Lesh & Friends to Reunite for Terrapin Crossroads Event

Phil Lesh has announced that he’s bringing back together his Phil & Friends band for four nights, to perform at the bassist’s new Terrapin Crossroads venue this month. The band, known as the Quintet (or “Q” to many), is comprised of the “longest-tenured Phil & Friends band”, including Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, John Molo and Rob Barraco. This will...

Etta James with the Grateful Dead and the Tower of Power Horns: Live Performance (1982)
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Etta James with the Grateful Dead and the Tower of Power Horns: Live Performance (1982)

Two days ago I was sitting in the hotel lobby before heading out to the NAMM show and saw a news alert that singer Etta James had passed away. She would have been 74 on Wednesday. Facebook friend Crystal Gloistein shared this video from New Years Eve 1982 featuring one incredible line up: Etta James on vocals, the Grateful Dead...

Phil Lesh to Open Terrapin Crossroads in February
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Phil Lesh to Open Terrapin Crossroads in February

After some debate over the location, former Grateful Dead and current Furthur bassist Phil Lesh will be opening up a restaurant and performance venue called Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California. The dining portion of the new venue will open in February with the “intimate” performance hall to begin shows soon there after. Though his original plan was to launch...

Furthur Announces U.S. Fall Tour
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Furthur Announces U.S. Fall Tour

Furthur will be hitting the road again this Fall with a nationwide tour of the U.S. Rooted by Phil Lesh, the group is an offshoot of bassist’s former band The Grateful Dead, and also includes guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir. The two friends recruited bandmates for this latest project in 2009, and have been touring with it since. Deadheads will be treated...

Phil Lesh’s “Eye of Horus” Bass Guitar Acquired by National Museum of American History
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Phil Lesh’s “Eye of Horus” Bass Guitar Acquired by National Museum of American History

Phil Lesh’s “Eye of Horus” bass, built by Jens Ritter, has been acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The modern-styled bass will be added to the museum’s extensive instrument collection, which also includes Prince’s and Eddie Van Halen’s guitars. Featuring Ritter’s Jupiter design with a solid silver “Eye of Horus” inlay at the 12th fret, the former...

Furthur Announces Summer Tour, Live Webcast Concert
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Furthur Announces Summer Tour, Live Webcast Concert

Furthur, featuring former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir, have announced a summer tour spanning July 14-31. The group will be starting in West Virginia at the All Good Festival, making their way up and down the East Coast, eventually landing at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, Georgia. Besides All Good, Furthur will be playing the...