After a last-minute tweak to the audience’s vaccine requirements, Phil Lesh & Friends hit the stage at the Brooklyn Bowl Nashville on Thursday, July 29, safely kicking off their first of three shows at the newly-minted venue. The band consisted of Griffin Goldsmith, Taylor Goldsmith, Lee Pardini and Trevor Menear of Dawes, as well as singer Nicki Bluhm and Terrapin Family Band/Midnight North guitarist Grahame Lesh.
Phil took on vocal duties for the opening “Cold Rain and Snow” – perhaps nodding to the metaphorical storm of the pandemic – before leading the band through a string of Grateful Dead favorites: “Brown-Eyed Women,” “Dire Wolf,” “Candyman,” “Crazy Fingers,” “Dupree’s Diamond Blues” and a set-closing “I Know You Rider.”
Set two gave the band even more room for exploration, as they opened with a nice “The Wheel”> “Unbroken Chain”> “New Speedway Boogie”> “Stella Blue” segment.
Fans howled for the following “China Cat Sunflower”> “Shakedown Street” jam, and the band rode that wave through one final “Uncle John’s Band.”
Naturally, the band opted for some sentimentality in their encore, performing “Brokedown Palace.”
Lesh and Friends will hit the stage once again tonight – Friday, July 30 – followed by a show on Saturday, July 31.
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Check out the full July 29 setlist and clips of each opener below:
Phil Lesh & Friends
July 29, 2021
Brooklyn Bowl Nashville
Set I: Cold Rain and Snow, Brown-Eyed Women, Dire Wolf, Candyman, Crazy Fingers, Dupree’s Diamond Blues, I Know You Rider
Set II: The Wheel> Unbroken Chain> New Speedway Boogie> Stella Blue, China Cat Sunflower> Shakedown Street, Uncle John’s Band