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Phil Lesh Appears as Largest Donor to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s GoFundMe

On Thursday, the nation was glued to Christine Blasey Ford’s powerful testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and many viewers who tuned in immediately showed their support by opening their wallets via GoFundMe.

For those people who do not consume the news via the endless 24-hour news cycle, earlier this month, Stanford University professor Dr. Ford accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape in the early ’80s. After stepping forward, she has become a lightning rod for liberals and conservatives all over America.

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Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies 2018 details announced

For the eighth consecutive year, theaters across the country will take part in the Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies, with 500 theaters across the country participating through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network screening of a classic Dead performance Wednesday, Aug 1.  This summer’s event will mark the fifth Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies to feature a concert from 1989.

The nationwide gathering this year will take place on August 1, which sadly would have been the 76th birthday of the late Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia.
This special one-night event will feature the Grateful Dead’s July 7, 1989 show at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia during the height of the band’s late-1980s commercial peak, marking the band’s final performance at the venue.

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Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band Confirm NYC & Port Chester Shows

Having played duo shows with Bob Weir earlier this year, the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh has a bunch of his own shows coming up in the spring and summer. He and his band are playing Summer Camp Music Festival, the Cannabis Cup in Sonoma, and the Peach Music Festival, as well as some headlining shows.

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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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Phil Lesh and Bob Weir on a six-show run

Grateful Dead co-founders Phil Lesh and Bob Weir began a three-city, six-show run, dubbed the Bobby and Phil Tour, with a pair of sold-out gigs at Radio City Music Hall on Friday and Saturday. In classic Dead fashion, the concerts moved between magical jams and charming discombobulation, never losing their sense of real-time fun. During their debut as a “duo,” Lesh and Weir were augmented on and off by percussionist Wally Ingram and, for Saturday’s thrilling, improv-packed second set, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. But even with the guests, the nights showcased a profound musical intimacy and sense of adventure not often associated with the Dead’s groove-happy, arena-filling incarnations, the opposite in many ways of Dead & Co., the stadium-touring sextet featuring Weir, the Dead’s drummers and blues-rock shredder John Mayer.

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