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- Posted on Mar 16th 2010 6:38AM by Benjy Eisen
As was hinted at in advance, a number of Lesh's musical friends came out for the party. Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes may have been the biggest surprise; a near-constant on stage, Robinson took lead on many tunes, singing his way through material from not only the Grateful Dead's catalog, but also Bob Dylan's. One of the evening's highlights came when Robinson led the band through 'Hard to Handle,' the Otis Redding cover that both the Black Crowes and Grateful Dead adopted into their respective repertoires early on in both of their careers.
Other special guests included singer-songwriter Jackie Greene and Particle keyboardist Steve Molitz. The rest of Lesh's band for the evening was the current incarnation of Furthur, a group featuring founding Dead members Lesh and Bob Weir, joined by Joe Russo (Benevento/Russo Duo) and Jay Lane (Ratdog) on drums as well as keyboardist Jeff Cimenti and "Jerry Garcia fill-in" John Kadlecik. Ironically, the latter two were plucked from Grateful Dead tribute bands.
Next stop for Furthur? A just-announced festival that will take place during Memorial Day weekend. The location, near Angels Camp, Calif., is sacred ground for Deadheads. But instead of looking back at history, Lesh and co. are still bending their heads into the moment. As the motto of the festival reads, "Little bit 'furthur' than you've gone before." No additional or, um, further details available at this time. Happy birthday, Phil.