Grateful Dead's Lesh Finds "Friends," Maps Out Dates

Names of the guest musicians who'll be appearing at former Grateful Dead bass player Phil Lesh's "Phil And Friends Birthday Bash" are beginning to leak to the public.

Hardcore fans have tracked down three members of the band that will be performing at Lesh's 60th birthday show, which will be held at the Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium in Oakland, California on March 10 (see "Grateful Dead's Lesh Plans 60th Birthday Gig), and the group is likely to continue with Lesh through his April tour.

One of these musicians, Rob Barraco, is the keyboard player for the Zen Tricksters, a former Dead cover band that now plays original material as well. Barraco has previously toured as a member of the "Phil And Friends" rotating lineup.

Other Friends of Phil will include guitarist Jeff Pevar, who is most currently known for his work with David Crosby on the CPR tour, and guitarist Robben Ford, who has worked with artists as diverse

as Miles Davis, Kiss, Muddy Waters, and Joni Mitchell. With two guitarists already on board, the group leaves little room for an appearance by Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio.

In other news, mail order sales for tickets to the upcoming "Phil And Friends" April tour are currently underway, with on-sale dates to follow. If you want to catch the outing when it hits the East Coast, here's where to look:

Series 1:

  • 4/8 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater (on sale 3/4) (mail order sold out)
  • 4/9 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater (on sale 3/4) (mail order sold out)
  • 4/10 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater (on sale 3/4)
  • 4/11 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater (on sale 3/4)
Series 2:

  • 4/13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre (on sale 2/26)
  • 4/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre (on sale 2/26)
  • 4/15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre (on sale 2/26)
Series 3:

  • 4/17 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre (on sale 3/2) (mail order

    sold out)

  • 4/18 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre (on sale 3/2)
  • 4/19 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre (on sale 3/2)
Series 4:

  • 4/21 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre (on sale 3/2) (mail order sold out)
  • 4/22 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre (on sale 3/2) (mail order sold out)
  • 4/23 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre (on sale 3/2) (mail order sold out)