On Friday, December 17th, an all-star cast of musicians gathered at Port Chester, NY’s The Capitol Theatre for The Capitol Sessions: Songs from a Rock Palace That Impacted the World. The one-off event saw an eclectic lineup pay homage to the iconic New York venue and the royalty that graced its stage during rock n’ roll’s heyday.
Two of the defining artists of that era headlined the all-star jam: singer, songwriter, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jackson Browne, as well as Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna guitarist/frontman Jorma Kaukonen.
Joining the headliners were Marco Benevento, James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Lisa Fischer (Luther Vandross, The Rolling Stones), Amy Helm (Levon Helm), Connor Kennedy (Steely Dan, Amy Helm), Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce), Tony Leone (Levon Helm, Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Grahame Lesh (Phil Lesh & Friends), Adam Minkoff (Zappa Plays Zappa, The Machine), and Karina Rykman. Furthermore, producer, arranger, songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell curated the event alongside his musical partner and wife Teresa Williams.
The musicians on hand paid tribute to the likes of Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, Jefferson Airplane, The Chambers Brothers, Mountain, The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Traffic, Eric Clapton, and more throughout the evening. Proceeds from the show benefitted HeadCount, a non-partisan advocacy organization that stages voter registration drives at more than 1,000 live events each year and collaborates with cultural leaders to promote civic engagement on a national scale.
Check out a gallery of images from The Capitol Sessions below, courtesy of photographer David Gray.
The Capitol Sessions Ft. Amy Helm – “Angel From Montgomery” (John Prine) – 12/17/21
The Capitol Sessions Ft. Adam Minkoff – “Can’t Find My Way Home” (Blind Faith) – 12/17/21
The Capitol Sessions Ft. Larry Campbell – “Dear Mr. Fantasy” (Traffic) – 12/17/21
The Capitol Sessions Ft. James Casey – “Express Yourself” (Charles Wright) – 12/17/21
The Capitol Sessions Ft. Eric Krasno, Connor Kennedy, James Casey & Grahame Lesh – “Shakedown Street” (Grateful Dead) – 12/17/21
The Capitol Sessions Ft. Grahame Lesh, Amy Helm & Connor Kennedy – “Brokedown Palace” (Grateful Dead) – 12/17/21
The Capitol Sessions Ft. Jorma Kaukonen & Teresa Williams – “White Rabbit” (Jefferson Airplane) – 12/17/21
The Capitol Sessions Ft. Lisa Fischer – “Wild Horses” – 12/17/21
Setlist: The Capitol Sessions | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/17/21
Set: Samson and Delilah (Grateful Dead), Time Has Come Today (The Chambers Brothers), People Get Ready (The Impressions), Only You and I Know (Dave Mason), Angel From Montgomery (John Prine), Mississippi Queen (Mountain), Out in the Woods (Leon Russell), Can’t Find My Way Home (Steve Winwood), Dear Mr. Fantasy (Traffic), Piece of My Heart (Erma Franklin), Layla (Derek and the Dominos), Express Yourself (Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band), Shakedown Street (Grateful Dead), Deal (Jerry Garcia), Brokedown Palace (Grateful Dead), Sugaree (Jerry Garcia), Hesitation Blues (Traditional), White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane), Somebody to Love (The Great Society), Wild Horses (The Rolling Stones), Gimme Shelter (The Rolling Stones), Doctor My Eyes (Jackson Browne), Running on Empty (Jackson Browne)
Encore: With A Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles)