The Other Phriends

The Other Phriends


Grateful Dead Tribute Band in the spirit of Phil Lesh and Friends. All band members were hand picked by Phil and attended the Phil Lesh University Masterclass, and performed on stage with Phil Lesh in NYC on 11/8/06.


Phil Lesh sponsored a Phil Lesh University Master Class on November 8, 2006, and hand picked 12 musicians from across the country and beyond to join him onstage in New York City for a special, unique event. The selected musicians were divided up into two bands, and after an afternoon of "class" and rehearsal, each band performed a full set with Phil at SOB's nightclub in NYC, after an opening lecture by Phil and John Scofield on improvisation! Following the two sets, Phil and his "professional" friends then performed a third short set, capping a wonderful evening of adventure, improv, exploration, and entertainment! The evening was so successful, that Phil's other phriends pledged to take this musical gift further and explore other opportunities! Plans were immediately underway to perform together again as Phil Lesh University's Master Class Reunion Jam, which took place on Jan. 19, 2007 at The Cutting Room in New York City. The performance kicked off a weekend celebration in the Big Apple, where the American Beauty Project followed on the next two nights at the World Financial Center. The Mark Pender Band performed just prior to the PLU reunion jam, and Mr. Pender, trumpeteer extraordinaire of the Max Weinberg 7 fame (The Conan O'Brien Show Band) joined The Other Phriends onstage, performing Me and Bobby McGee as a moving tribute to celebrate Janis Joplin's birthday. Although Phil could not make the reunion, his former classmates did him proud! The Other Phriends are careful gardeners, cultivating the seeds planted by Dean Lesh. The fruit of their labor is sure to please Deadheads the world over!


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Set List

PLU w/Phil Lesh
11/08/06 @ SOB's, NYC, NY

Set One, Band One

Viola Lee Blues, Deal>
Eyes Of The World>
Milking the Turkey>
Dark Star (v1)>
Franklin's Tower
E: Not Fade

Set Two, Band Two

Jam>New Speedway Boogie>
The Other One>
Dark Star (v2)> Jam>
I Know You Rider
E: Brokedown Palace

PLU Masterclass Reunion Jam
1/19/07 @ The Cutting Room, NYC, NY

Set One

Scarlet Jam>
Scarlet Jam*>
Me & Bobby MaGee*
Jack Straw>
Mississippi Half-Step>
Dark Star v.1>

*with Mark Pender on Trumpet

Set Two

He's Gone>
Eyes of the World>
Shakedown Street>
Here Comes Sunshine>
China Cat Sunflower>
Morning Dew
Not Fade Away*>
Goin' Down the Road>
Not Fade Away

*with Richie Negman on shakers
and RobAardvark on guitar