Trey Anastasio, Bob Weir, The Roots, Warren Haynes, Grace Potter and Bobby Keys all on the same stage. No, this was not a fantasy. It was the most recent HeadCount benefit concert, at the newly re-opened Capitol Theatre.
The evening was a celebration of democracy, the Theatre, and HeadCount board member Pete Shapiro's 40th birthday (Shapiro is the force behind the Theatre's reopening).
Weir had not played the Capitol Theatre in 40 years, following a legendary run of Grateful Dead shows there. Anastasio had not been there in 20. For many, it was their first time at the hallowed hall.
For many Phish fans in attendance, the highlight was Anastasio's unique performance of Phish classics "First Tube" and "Bathtub Gin" while backed by The Roots and the pounding percussion of Questlove.
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
*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
If you missed this historic event, there'll be another series of HeadCount benefits coming soon... The Magic Hat Participation Tour. Tickets and more information are available here.