Keith Richards, Warren Haynes & More Perform at Love Rocks NYC Benefit

What do you get when you sum countless Grammy winners, philanthropic goodwill, and an all-nighter of pure rock ’n’ roll in one of NYC most famed and storied venues, The Beacon Theatre? Love Rocks NYC! the 2nd annual concert fundraiser for God’s Love We Deliver, a New York–based organization that cooks and home-delivers nutritious meals to or people with severe illnesses (and their loved ones) in need as well as nutrition counseling. A tremendous lineup of stars gathered at New York’s Beacon Theater on Thursday night (March 15) to play the beloved Love Rocks benefit.  The legendary concert was co-presented by designer John Varvatos and real estate broker Greg Williamson, and hosted by the incomparable Whoopi Goldberg.

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78 Things You Should Know About Phil Lesh

Celebrate Phil Lesh’s 78th birthday with these facts about everyone’s favorite bassist.

  1. Phil Lesh was born Phillip Chapman Lesh on March 15, 1940 in Berkeley, California.
  2. He is the only child of Frank and Barbara Chapman Lesh.
  3. Chapman always had the radio playing at home, which sparked Phil’s early interest in classical music.
  4. One of Phil’s earliest memories was listening to Brahms’, conducted by Bruno Walter and the New York Philharmonic sometime in 1944. In an ironic twist six years later, when he was ten, his violin teacher took him to hear the same conductor performing the same symphony in San Francisco.
  5. His maternal grandmother, Jewel “Bobbie” Chapman, cared for him growing up while his parents worked.
  6. Lesh’s father was an amateur musician. Phil remembers watching his dad play piano as a child.
  7. Phil grew up listening to and playing classical music. He started playing the violin at age 8.
  8. Lesh played in the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra in Berkeley, CA
  9. Phil switched to playing trumpet at age 14 while enrolled at El Cerrito High School.
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