If anyone was worried that there wouldn’t be any surprises in store from Furthur at the Furthur Festival, those fears were quickly allayed on Friday night when the band was augmented by many of their friends during a wild all-star set. Approximately 10,000 campers made it out to Mountain Aire for the three-day festival featuring Bob Weir and Phil Lesh’s latest project.
Over the course of Furthur’s six sets on Saturday and Sunday the group performed six classic Grateful Dead albums from front to back, giving long-forgotten tunes such as Sage & Spirit, Sunrise and What’s Become of Baby rare stage time. That’s It For The Other One was given the full treatment with each of its sections from Anthem of the Sun recreated as was the complete Terrapin Station suite. The group wasn’t only looking back at what the Dead accomplished, they also looked forward by debuting a new song with lyrics by Robert Hunter as part of Saturday’s encore.
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While the festival season has grown in recent years, most see Memorial Day as the official opening weekend. Traditionally, many of the festivals on this weekend were smaller, local options but this year we add another large festival to the mix giving fans more options for music over the long weekend. Just don’t forget the weather can still be a little cool & unpredictable so make sure you don’t forget that extra sweatshirt & rain gear!
[Photo by Jeremy Gordon]
For those of you out on the West Coast (or willing to travel) Furthur has you covered with their inaugural festival at the Calaveras Fairground in Angels Camp, CA. Furthur, which brings together Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, will play 6 full sets over the weekend each covering an entire Grateful Dead album making this the perfect choice for Deadhead’s young and old. Saturday will see American Beauty, Workingman’s Dead and Anthem of the Sun, while Sunday will cover Blues for Allah, Aoxomoxoa and Terrapin Station. Hot Tuna, Jackie Greene and Larry Campbell as well as other GD friends and family will be joining in over the weekend to round out the line up. Tickets start at $125 with a VIP option available. READ ON for more…