A staple at Lockn’ Festival, every Phil and Friends concert features a specifically curated roster of all-star musicians to join Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, pushing the limits of the Dead’s music in fresh and exciting ways each time.
This year, Mr. Lesh has really outdone himself, enlisting the help of drummer Jon Fishman and keyboardist Page McConnell of Phish, drummer Joe Russo of JRAD and formerly Furthur, and the tight-knit bluegrass quintet The Infamous Stringdusters to fill out an epic Saturday night show. The prospect of Fishman and Russo teaming up on the drums is something dreams are made of, while McConnell has shown his proclivity for tickling his way between the Dead’s grooves during some of the first-ever Phil and Friends shows in 1999. The Infamous Stringdusters have grown into a powerhouse over the last decade, gaining a fiercely loyal fanbase through their engaging stage presence and unparalleled collective jams.
Sunday night will see Phil’s longtime collaborators from Chris Robinson Brotherhood joined by the blues savior and guitar virtuoso Gary Clark, Jr. This will be Clark’s first time playing the Grateful Dead’s music on the big stage, and he is sure to exceed the highest of expectations.
Written by Richard Oakley