Photo by Marc Millman
On Wednesday night, during an intimate gig at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall, keyboardist Benmont Tench offered a number of thrilling covers as well as a very special appearance by vocalist Regina Spektor.
It makes sense that Tench was in the New York area, following his weekend-long stint at the Capitol Theatre as one of Phil Lesh’s “Friends.”
However, the Rockwood gig was definitely a more casual affair than Phil Lesh’s three-day birthday bash. Tench offered up solo versions of Chuck Berry’s “Back in the USA” and the Grateful Dead’s “China Doll,” and even nodded to his time in The Heartbreakers with a version of Tom Petty’s “American Girl.”
Spektor chimed in for a heartfelt and hopeful version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and, later, Tench encored with Bob Dylan’s “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine.”
Check out some videos and photos – courtesy of Marc Millman – below: