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Furthur Festival featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir

Sunday, July 31st, 2011« view all past events

Further Festival is Phil Lesh, Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead along with Jeff Chimenti, John Kadlecik, Joe Russo, Sunshine Becker and Jeff Pehrson.

Phil Lesh: Those looking for the inspiration of the current jam band movement need look no further than Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. A founding member of the venerable American musical institution, the Grateful Dead, Phil has continued to inspire while pushing the envelope with his highly evolved musical performances. The world-class musicians that have performed with the legendary Grateful Dead bass player read like a who’s who of the jam band music scene: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell and Mike Gordon from Phish. Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Jimmy Herring, Dickey Betts from the Allman Brothers Band, Robben Ford, David Nelson, Greg Osby, Joan Osborne, Paul Barrere and Bill Payne from Little Feat, Jackie Greene, Larry Campbell and Ryan Adams – all have passed through Phil Lesh & Friends and have thrilled audiences with their high-flying improvisations and timeless renditions of Grateful Dead classics. In 2005, Little Brown published Phil’s memoir titled: Searching For The Sound – My Life with the Grateful Dead, which found the inventive bassist at #9 on the New York Times Best Seller List. In 2006, Phil released his first live concert DVD ~ Live at The Warfield showcasing a stellar performance at the historic San Francisco landmark. In 2009, he teamed up with his Grateful Dead brother Bob Weir to form Furthur ~ a band that continues the Grateful Dead tradition of stellar playing and free flowing improvisation that moves the mind and shakes the body.

Bob Weir: With a touring history that has made him one of the most traveled road musicians of all time and a restless music personality that has kept him occupied for over 50 years, Weir knows a thing or two about staying fresh and living in the moment. Althought best known as one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead, adding Dead Staples such as “Truckin'”, “Sugar Magnolia”, and “Cassidy” to the band’s catalog, Weir obtained a long and affluent music career that has allowed him to do what he loves and share it with others for nearly his entire life. Born in 1947, Weir was adopted by a wealthy California engineer. As a teen, he secured his spot as one of the youngest members of the burgeoning folk scene that centered on a Palo Alto club called Tangent – home to such future rock legends as Jerry Garcia, Jefferson Airplane guitarists Jorma Kaukonen and Janis Joplin. In 1964, at the age of 17, Weir spent the majority of his time at a Palo Alto music store where Garcia taught guitar lessons. It wasn’t long before Weir and Garcia, along with Ron “Pigpen” McKernan formed a blues and folk outfit. Originally called Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions, the band was later renamed The Warlocks – adding Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzman to the line up – and eventually came to be known as the Grateful Dead.

More Info: http://www.furthur.net/