See Jeff Tweedy, Phil Lesh Perform Grateful Dead Classics as ‘Philco’

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Sat-2022-08-27-SR-StephPort-Philco-Tweedy-1 - Credit: Steph Port
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Philco — the one-off supergroup led by the Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh alongside Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Nils Cline, Margo Price, and more — made their debut Friday night at Chicago’s Sacred Rose Festival.

The concert, which coincided with Tweedy’s 54th birthday, saw the Wilco frontman take lead vocals on Dead classics like “Dire Wolf,” “U.S. Blues,” “Franklin’s Tower,” and “Ripple.”

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According to Jambase, the Philco lineup was rounded out by Dead and Company keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, guitarists Stu Allen and Grahame Lesh, vocalist Elliott Peck, longtime Lesh drummer John Molo, and saxophonist/flutist Karl Denson. Margo Price, the fest’s weekend-long special guest, turned up during “Not Fade Away” to sing and play tambourine.

While the set was mainly comprised of Dead songs, Philco did bust out covers of songs by Woody Guthrie (“Airline to Heaven”), Buddy Holly (the Dead staple “Not Fade Away”) and Wilco’s “Via Chicago,” with Tweedy appropriately taking lead for that performance:

Sacred Rose Festival continues this weekend with sets from Goose, Umphrey’s McGee, Kamasi Washington, Dawes, STS9 and more.

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