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Phil Lesh invites viewers behind the scenes ahead of the Warfield concert in San Francisco

Phil Lesh invites viewers behind the scenes ahead of the Warfield concert in San Francisco

Photo credit: Marc Millman

Tonight, May 9, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh brings his ever-changing Friends lineup to San Francisco’s legendary Warfield venue. Ahead of the impending hometown show, the musician tapped tonight’s roster of players John Molo, Grahame Lesh, Nicki Bluhm, Holly Bowling and Daniel Donato for a practice session consisting of five main songs. The Clubhouse Sessions – Episode I has been shared on YouTube.

The first hints leading to the latest batch of content received were hinted at during Lesh’s Nov. 3 booth at The Fillmore in San Francisco, when the artist spoke to his capacity audience: “Thanks, folks. Before we play the encore, I’d like to invite you all to join me on a journey we’re planning. It’s called Terrapin Clubhouse, and we’re going to do all sorts of things in the Terrapin Clubhouse, which isn’t a physical space, you know.’

The now 84-year-old stalwart continued: “You can find out more by going to and you’ll find information there and the little side trips that go along with it.” As for the YouTube channel, new content titled The Clubhouse Sessions – Episode I consists of nearly 30 minutes of band practice featuring recordings of five revered songs from the Grateful Dead’s live and studio repertoire.

The video opens with a Blume-led “US Blues.” The bouncing From the Mars Hotel cut reflects the blossoming sonic camaraderie of this ensemble, which then turns to The Dead’s 1967 self-titled set, reviving “Beat It on Down The Line,” last performed in concert by the artist during a Terrapin Crossroads booth on April 14, 2021. , making the video shoot an unofficial failure given setlist.FM’s findings.

From one classic tune with Grateful Dead association to another, Donato takes the lead on “Brown-Eyed Women,” co-written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia, picking up the tune at a similar tempo to Cornell ’77 from the original band. delivery. Notably, the video was released on the 47th anniversary of the band’s esteemed May 8 concert at Upstate New York’s college campus, and boasts an intentional sonic similarity.

Grahame trades vocal leads and follows Bobby Weir’s Ace originator, ‘Mexicali Blues’, before another up-tempo version, but this time radiating affection in ‘They Love Each Other’, and finally eliciting the sung reflection: ‘Lord, you can see that it where is.’

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Watch Clubhouse Sessions – Episode I below.