Dave Matthews and Trey Anastasio honored their manager, Red Light founder Coran Capshaw, at last night’s City of Hope gala. Capshaw was awarded the organization’s highest honor, “The Spirit of Life Award,” which recognizes a leader whose work has fundamentally impacted the music, film or entertainment industries. The star-studded event took place at Santa Monica, CA’s Barker Hangar.
Matthews, Capshaw’s flagship client since the early 1990s, spoke about his longtime friend before his short acoustic set that included “Grey Street,” “Bartender” and “Don’t Drink the Water.” Anastasio also made a brief acoustic appearance, offering “More” and “Miss You,” both of which appear on Phish’s 2016 album Big Boat, and the new original “Soul Planet.” (The guitarist debuted the latter song a few days ago on Trey Anastasio Band tour.) Anastasio also honored his sister Kristy Manning and longtime Phish/Dave Matthews Band agent Chip Hooper, both of whom passed away after battling cancer, while discussing the City of Hope’s important work between songs.
Red Light clients Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the indie-pop group Joseph also performed; Pres Hall provided the night’s liveliest show and paraded through the crowd second-line-style. Capshaw also addressed the industry-heavy audience.