By: Ray Hidalgo
Phil Lesh has plenty of happenings in his life to be grateful for. As he turns 73 today, the former Grateful Dead bassist has the support of several talented artists who make up his current bands, two sons who are continuing his legacy as musicians, and a persevering fanbase.
While the Dead no longer exist by name, Lesh is keeping the jam band alive and reincarnated through his own musical endeavors. The ever-changing group Phil Lesh & Friends has enlisted a wide variety of reputed musicians to keep the Dead archives fresh, rotating between members of the Allman Brothers Band (Dickey Betts), the Black Crowes (Chris Robinson), Phish (Mike Gordon), and many more.
Fellow Dead founding member Bob Weir also joined Lesh in the band Further, which recruited notable members from Dead cover bands. In fact, the band is so well-liked that all of their April shows in Port Chester, NY are already sold out!
If you’re lucky, you can still catch Lesh at his newest venture, the Terrapin Crossroads; a part-music venue, part-bar, and part-gourmet restaurant located in Marin County, CA with all the creature comforts. As its proud owner with his wife Jill, Lesh just celebrated the establishment’s one-year anniversary on Monday by kicking off a series of concerts to benefit his community-service oriented Unbroken Chain foundation. His sons, Grahame and Brian, will open for all the shows as part of the Terrapin Family Band which will continue through Sunday.
From giving Deadheads the opportunity to jam next to one of their idols to putting together a venue for aspiring artists to reach toward their own goals, Phil Lesh is not only grateful; he’s giving back. We wish Phil Lesh a Happy Birthday and expect many more to come!