Worlds Collide @ Capitol Theatre: Trey Anastasio, Bob Weir, Warren Haynes, Grace Potter, Bobby Keys and The Roots

The recently reopened Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York might be best known for all the legendary performances that took place in the room in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, but last night more history was made at the famed venue as members of the Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, Phish and Grace Potter came together with The Roots to usher in a new era for The Cap at a benefit for HeadCount. For many in the room it was was their first visit to The Cap, which reopened on Tuesday with a performance from Bob Dylan, and it was hard not to be struck by the amazing renovation that brought the venue back to life. Impresario Peter Shapiro and his team put years worth of planning and construction into the historic venue which has left the area with a gem of a venue that features an arena-sized light rig, a state-of-the-art sound system and an unbelievable array of projectors.

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The action started with a solo acoustic set from Grateful Dead / Furthur guitarist Bob Weir. Weir is in the midst of his second-ever solo tour and seemed comfortable on the stage as he delivered one Dead classic after another. After a few years when Bobby seemed to scream rather than sing, Weir’s voice currently sounds as good as it has since Jerry passed. Following a cover of Dear Prudence, Weir welcomed Warren Haynes, Grace Potter and Bobby Keys out as the evening’s first guests. Grace told the crowd she had never sang a Dead song before and that she wasn’t familiar with the tune they were about to play, Bird Song, and it showed. Potter scatted, be-bopped and wailed, leaving a texture behind the gorgeous version of Bird Song Warren and the Bobby’s laid down. Warren, Weir and Grace then combined forces for Jack Straw, a song Potter seemed to know, with Bobby and Haynes trading verses. Keys came back out for a raucous Jailhouse Rock.

Set 1 (Bob Weir, solo acoustic): The Music Never Stopped -> Me & My Uncle -> Friend of the Devil, Loose Lucy, Lost Sailor -> Saint of Circumstance, Peggy-O, Easy to Slip -> Dear Prudence, Bird Song*, Jack Straw**, Jailhouse Rock*

Warren Haynes and Grace Potter: Wild Horses, Gold Dust Woman

Set 2 (The Roots): Paul Revere, Proceed, The Fire, Quills, Swept Away, Next Movement, Dynamite, Mellow My Man, Break You Off, You Got Me, Get Busy, Thought @ Work, How I Got Over

Encore (All Star Jam): First Tube^, Bathtub Gin^, Pigtail&, Dancing in the Street@, Thrill is Gone@, Whipping Post@

*w/ Warren Haynes, Grace Potter, and Bobby Keys
** w/ Warren Haynes and Grace Potter
^ The Roots with Trey Anastasio
& The Roots, Trey Anastasio, and Grace Potter
@ The Roots, Trey Anastasio, Grace Potter, Bob Weir, Warren Haynes, and Bobby Keys

At the end of Jailhouse Rock Warren asked the crowd to give Weir a big hand and Bobby left Haynes, Potter  and Keys on stage for a beautiful take on The Rolling Stones’ Wild Horses. As an example of the sheer awesomeness of The Cap’s projection system, images of psychedelic horses were painted on the venue’s walls during the Stones cover. The finale of the opening set found Warren and Grace teaming up for a scintillating cover of Gold Dust Woman off Fleetwood Mac’s famed Rumors album. The pair have been covering this song for over four years, with a particularly impressive version thrown down at the 2008 Jammy’s, and their familiarity showed.

LazyLightning55 Videos:

The Roots w/ Trey Anastasio – First Tube

The Roots w/ Trey Anastasio – Bathtub Gin

After a relatively short intermission the curtain came up on The Roots who opened with Paul Revere – their tribute to the late Adam Yauch and Chuck Brown. Fallon’s house band showed off just how tight they’ve become over a power-packed hour set that saw them play The Fire from 2010′s How I Got Over, You Got Me and The Next Movement from 1999′s Things Fall Apart and Get Busy from 2008′s Rising Down, along with quick takes on Sweet Child of Mine and Born Under A Bad Sign. Each member of the ensemble was given time in the spotlight and there’s no doubt this band won itself a slew of new fans last night.

Once front man Black Thought said good night to the crowd and The Roots vacated the stage, an army of stagehands emerged to set up what would be a historic encore set. Black Thought invited Phish front man Trey Anastasio out and first up for the pairing was a romp through First Tube. This Phish/TAB original was right in The Roots’ wheelhouse and was the most suggested tune Phish fans offered up in response to yesterday’s YEMblog Friday Conversation. Questo pounded as Big Red wailed away to a massive peak. Bathtub Gin was up next and wasn’t quite as tight as First Tube. Once the ensemble reached Anastasio’s solo, The Roots provided a funk-heavy beat which Trey impressively soloed over. Then, Trey welcomed his “homegirl” Grace Potter to the stage and the duo talked about their Burlington roots. Big Red told the crowd they’d be playing a relatively new tune called Pigtail and off they went on the tune from Anastasio’s forthcoming Traveler LP.

[Photo by Jen Bernstein]

Next came the true “world’s colliding” moment when Weir, Keys and Haynes emerged leaving a member of Phish, the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers and The Rolling Stones onstage together backed by The Roots. First up was Dancing In The Streets which featured five guitarists (The Roots’ Captain Kirk Douglas, Potter, Anastasio, Weir and Haynes). Anastasio made sure to get his licks in during this “guitarmeggedon” version of a tune the Dead graced the same stage with back in 1970. Then, the whole gang stayed out for the blues standard The Thrill Is Gone with Warren taking vocal duties. For the first time during this encore set, Black Thought emerged and offered a few raps in between all the solos. For the finale, all the players besides Potter remained out for a blistering Whipping Post, complete with Questlove crushing the drum parts. Trey took the first solo and delivered one blistering lick after another before giving way to Keys who showed off his immense talent on sax. Douglas and Haynes shared vocal duties on the Allman Brothers Band classic, with Warren using his solo to weave the melody of My Favorite Things into the mix. Black Thought introduced all the players and wished Capitol Theatre chief Peter Shapiro a happy birthday.

All in all, this outstanding “encore” won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Kudos to The Roots for nailing the majority of these tunes they never played before. As the crowd filed out of the building, looks of astonishment were on the faces of many who exchanged knowing glances. For the last few months the talk has been about The Capitol Theatre’s past, but with shows like last night the talk now turns to the present, the future and what appears to be a fantastic new chapter in the history of the legendary venue.

The Roots w/ Trey Anastasio – First Tube

The Roots w/ Trey, Grace, and Bobbys – Dancing In The Streets

The Roots w/ Trey Anastasio – Bathtub Gin

Bob Weir w/ Grace Potter, Bobby Keys and Warren Haynes – Jailhouse Rock

Grace Potter w/ Warren Haynes and Bobby Keys – Wild Horses

The Roots w/ Grace, Trey, Bobby, Bobby and Warren – Whipping Post

The Roots w/ Grace, Trey, Bobby, Bobby and Warren – Thrill Is Gone

The Roots w/ Trey and Grace – Pigtail

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33 thoughts on “Worlds Collide @ Capitol Theatre: Trey Anastasio, Bob Weir, Warren Haynes, Grace Potter, Bobby Keys and The Roots

  1. @coffeewithian Reply

    Scotty B, can you please STOP using “throw down” in your reviews? It is time for this entire community to retire that phrase…

    • Scott Bernstein Reply

      I will continue to throw down the phrase throw down in my reviews because it’s part of my vernacular. Sorry that’s the biggest take away you have from the essay I put together. I look forward to reading the stuff you write for “the entire community” so I can ignore the other 1,200 words and focus on two of them.

      • Ferd Reply

        And Scotty B torches the troll! He might have had a point if you had said “for the win,” but that was a pretty nice review.

        I wonder what the critic under the bridge thinks of the words “crushed,” “raged,” or “shredded.”

      • joeyraff Reply

        sick burn scotty!!

      • Andrew weiss Reply

        Great review and a show that simply had me ask myself ” is this really happening?” about 11 times. Good seeing you, Scotty

        • Daniel Marshall Reply

          Scott, with many years as a publicist/ agent, I am amazed at your ability to take in and put out at such an amazing pace… always true to the facts. Throw down any adjectives you want and keep on the pulse. A+ in my book.

  2. matt Reply

    sounds amazing. were there any tapers?

    • Scott Bernstein Reply

      Yes indeed! Scott Bernstein (no relation) was in the house on the audio tip and LazyLightning55 had video covered. Can’t wait to hear/see it!

  3. zappafrank Reply

    Scotty B, can you please throw down on coffeewithian? Throw down hard!

    • Scott Bernstein Reply

      Some people just enjoy trying to bring people down. What can I say.

  4. Randy Ray Reply

    Scotty -

    I love this piece, and I appreciate how quickly you turned it around with such focused details and sharp insight. Thank you, again, for all the fantastic work you do on a daily basis. Top of the Heap, my friend.

    Randy

  5. Greg Reply

    There were a few tapers. The venue is just incredible…what a great show to pop my Cap cherry.

  6. Rusty Reply

    Hi, did you save the ticket stub? If you did, let’s make a stubstory out of this visit http://www.stusbtory.com & get back to us

  7. Marc Reply

    Very nice review, Scotty B. Can’t wait to hear this – what a group! I have Trey Cap tix but need to get down there sooner! Hope to catch a throw down or two ;)

    • Kbkphotos Reply

      Bernstein… You provide some the best recap’s and feedback’s period. You make that fan who couldn’t be there, appreciate, and know what was truly going on.
      So Scott…
      KEEP ON THROWING IT DOWN!

      Peace… KBK…

      P.S. Matt… Eat crow bro!

    • Kbkphotos Reply

      Bernstein… You provide some the best recap’s and feedback’s period. You make that fan who couldn’t be there, appreciate, and know what was truly going on.
      So Scott…
      KEEP ON THROWING IT DOWN!
      Peace… KBK…

      P.S. Matt… Eat crow bro!

  8. Kristen McNeely Reply

    Great coverage as usual , you do such good work . Keep on throwing down brother !! Can’t wait to see so more videos come up !! Such an incredible line up / worlds colliding moment ! and The Roots !!

  9. Tyler Reply

    Way to thrown down the haters Scotty. Should we keep our eyes here for an update on a recording going up or over at etree?

  10. Ryan Reply

    We got a whipping post vid on the interwebs yet?

  11. Scott Bernstein Reply

    Just found full versions of Whipping Post and Thrill Is Gone – added to post!

  12. Eric E Reply

    …and you keep throwin’ it down! No one told Jeff Spicoli to stop sayin’ “bitchin”.

  13. Sparky Jabrones Reply

    pain=i couldn’t go and have looking right at an unused ticket. i want my mommy.

  14. larry Reply

    Maybe this is a sign that the JAMMY’S are coming back-To the Capital Theatre!

  15. Dave W Reply

    Scott, as a first time reader and former journalist student, I can say your piece is amazing. I was there, and your piece is spot on. What an amazing night, can’t really believed it happened. Once in a lifetime experience.

  16. Dougal Reply

    It was well written review but I have to firmly disagree with your opinion of Grace Potter, particularly when she first came on stage. It was embarrassing, if she didn’t know the songs then she should not have been on stage, it was kind of pathetic and detracted from two classic grateful dead songs. Seems you’re a bit afraid to be critical, just my opinion though.

  17. Dave W Reply

    Well I was hypnotized by her voice so I agree with you Scott

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