LOCKN’ Music Festival wrapped up on Sunday night, marking the end of four stellar nights of music with some of the biggest names in the scene. One of the most highly anticipated sets of the weekend was Phil Lesh and Bob Weir’s joint Friday night set, where they recreated the Grateful Dead’s seminal 1977 album Terrapin Station with the help of The Terrapin Family Band. In many ways, the festival functioned as a big family reunion for the jam community at large, with many folks happy to see Weir and Lesh in the saddle together once again. Following their Friday performance together, the two original Grateful Dead musicians teamed up once again for a daytime set dubbed “A Very Special Hour With Phil Lesh & Bob Weir” in the Super VIP tent at LOCKN’.
For this intimate VIP set, the guitarist and bassist put on a stripped-down performance for those lucky enough to make it in the door. During their show, the two moved through their own renditions of Grateful Dead classics and at points were joined by Joe Russo’s Almost Dead drummer and frontman Joe Russo, in addition to Phil’s son Grahame Lesh and his Midnight North bandmate Elliot Peck. While Bobby and Phil started their special performance off with two songs performed by just them—”Me & My Uncle” and “Looks Like Rain”—on the third song, “Deep Elem Blues”, Russo came out to join them and stayed on for the rest of the set. Russo’s collaboration came after his collaboration the previous night with Bob Weir, when the guitarist joined Joe Russo’s Almost Dead for five songs during their performance.
After “Loose Lucy,” Phil’s son, Grahame joined in on the fun, performing “Lazy River Road” with the trio before departing for “West L.A. Fadeaway.” The younger Lesh again returned for “Bird Song” before the final song on their show, “Mountains Of The Moon,” when the four on stage welcomed guitarist and keyboardist for Midnight North, Elliott Peck, to close out the performance. You can check out a close-to-full video of this special and intimate collaboration at LOCKN’ below, courtesy of Rob Schmidt.
Setlist: Bob Weir & Phil Lesh | LOCKN’ at Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/26/2017
Set: Me & My Uncle, Looks Like Rain, Deep Elem Blues (w/ Joe Russo), Easy To Slip (w/ Joe Russo), Loose Lucy (w/ Joe Russo), Lazy River Road (w/ Joe Russo & Grahame Lesh), West L.A. Fadeaway (w/ Joe Russo), Bird Song (w/ Joe Russo & Grahame Lesh), Mountains Of The Moon (w/ Joe Russo, Grahame Lesh & Elliott Peck)