Furthur Charts Eight Night Residency at Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York
Grateful Dead spin-off group Furthur will take up an eight-night residency at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York later this year.
The recently reopened theater hosted many Grateful Dead performances in the early 1970s, so the new string of dates will be something of a homecoming for Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, founding members of the Dead that now perform in Furthur.
The concerts will run April 16-17, 19-21, and 23-25 at the theater. It will be the first time Lesh and Weir have performed at the venue since the last Dead show there in 1971.
Furthur was formed in 2009 and the name comes from the moniker of the bus Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters used to tour the country in 1974. The band first came together as the Dead in 2008 to support the Obama campaign, and Weir and Lesh then decided to continue touring together.
The band now plays a mix of Grateful Dead songs as well as originals and covers from artists like the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, the Clash and Pink Floyd. Other members of the band are Jeff Chimenti (of RatDog) on keyboards, Joe Russo (of Benevento) on drums and lead guitarist John Kadlecik (of Dark Star) on lead guitar. The group also includes back-up singers Jeff Pehrson and Sunshine Becker.
The Dead played the Capitol Theatre 18 times over 1970 and 1971, and the band’s archivist David Lemieux said in a release that, “it’s no secret that the Grateful Dead loved playing the Capitol Theatre.” Weir added during a recent interview with “CBS This Morning” that the venue “was always at the top of the list because we knew we were going to have a good night. That’s what we lived for.”
The venue was refurbished last year with new lighting and sound systems. It has since hosted a slew of legendary and new artists.