On Thursday, March 7, Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band took over Chicago’s Thalia Hall, offering two sets and an unexpected cover of the city’s own Wilco for the encore.
The band kicked off the show with a string of Grateful Dead favorites, including “China Cat Sunflower,” “Mr. Charlie,” “Looks Like Rain,” “Throwing Stones” and “Jack Straw.” From there, the band dug into a stand-alone “Black Peter” and closed the first half with a three-part “Help On The Way”> “Slipknot!”> “Casey Jones” jam.
“Slipknot!” made a return to open set two, and bled into a nice exploration of “Cassidy” which contained a full segue in and out of Jerry Garcia Band favorite “Reuben & Cerise.” The improvisation kept coming with a deep “Dark Star”> “Mountain Song”> “Dark Star,” but the set closed on a lighter note with a trio of “Scarlet Begonias,” “Eyes Of The World” and, finally, a combo of “Terrapin Station” and “Uncle John’s Band.”
After a quick applause break, the Terrapin Family Band encored with “Not Fade Away” before former drummer and current guitarist Alex Koford took on lead vocals for Wilco’s Being There track “Misunderstood.” (The Terrapin Family Band has recently made a habit of covering unexpected tunes. In Seattle, they surprised fans by covering Nirvana’s “Lithium.”)
Check out the show’s full setlist, and video of “Misunderstood” – via YouTuber RonnieD312 – below:
Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band
March 7, 2019
Thalia Hall, Chicago
Set I: China Cat Sunflower, Mr. Charlie, Looks Like Rain, Throwing Stones, Jack Straw, Black Peter, Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Casey Jones
Set II: Slipknot! > Cassidy > Reuben & Cerise > Cassidy, Dark Star > Mountain Song > Dark Star, Scarlet Begonias, Eyes Of The World, Terrapin Station, Uncle John’s Band
Enc: Not Fade Away, Misunderstood