Last night marked Phil Lesh’s debut at the new Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, and the Grateful Dead bassist brought an esteemed lineup of friends for the occasion. Lesh’s band featured all of Soulive – Eric KrasnoNeal Evans, and Alan Evans – along with Jackie Greene, Jason Crosby, Karl Denson and The Shady HornsEric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis.

A similar lineup debuted earlier this year to help open up the new backyard performance space of Terrapin Crossroads, but last night’s performance featured some additional potency with a full horn section. Denson and Lesh also recently performed together, and The Shady Horns have been involved with Phil & Friends shows as well. With such a wide range of talents all coming together, the potential was high for a great concert.

The band opened up with “Mason’s Children” and kept things rocking in the first set with favorites like “Althea” and “Alabama Getaway.” The band then rode into “He’s Gone” > “The Other One” > “Dancing In The Street” to close out the first set. More fire power came in the second half with a “Shakedown Street” opener, and the famed “Help on the Way” > “Slipknot!” > “Franklin’s Tower.” “Franklin’s” took an unexpected turn, mid-song, into “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” a song written by Joe Zawinul in 1966 for Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, before returning to roll away the dew.

Finally, the show ended gratefully with “Not Fade Away.” Fortunately there are a number of videos to watch from the performance, including this series posted by YouTube user sgibson818.

Mason’s Children


Alabama Getaway

He’s Gone

The Other One

Dancing In The Streets

Shakedown Street 

Here Comes Sunshine

West L.A. Fadeaway

Viola Lee Blues

Donor Rap

Not Fade Away

We can’t wait to see them in action again tomorrow night! Check out the full setlist, below.

Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY – 9/14/16

Set I: Mason’s Children, Althea, Alabama Getaway, He’s Gone > The Other One > Dancing in the Street

Set II: Shakedown Street > Here Comes Sunshine, West L.A Fadeaway, The Wheel, Viola Lee Blues, Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower > Mercy Mercy Mercy > Franklin’s Tower

E: Not Fade Away