Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh Volunteers at Food Bank

Rock fans in San Francisco were treated to a special opportunity to meet one of the legends of the genre while helping out a good cause on Friday.

ABC7 reports how The Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh helped to organize a tie-dye themed volunteer event at the San Francisco Marin Food Bank last Friday. The idea came to him after a conversation with his wife, Jill, and attorney, Phil Feldman at the couple's San Rafael restaurant Terrapin Crossroads, in which the attorney mentioned a Bar Association charity event called "Food From the Bar".

"Just a chance to help out a little bit, give back a little bit," Lesh said while filling bags of rice. He joked at one point about how filling a bag with exactly a pound's worth took even greater precision than playing the bass.

"Jill looked at me and said 'Well, let me tell you what we're going to do, we are going to get Phil out and do a volunteer shift at the food bank and then we'll come back here and have dinner together and he'll do a show in the garden,'" said Feldman. The event asked its volunteers to donate at least $500 while they helped out, raising over $15,000 by the end of the day.

While some are excited about the prospect of opening a bag of rice personally hand packed by Phil Lesh himself, Lesh says it doesn't really matter. "All that matters is that it gets filled up."

As Jill had said, Lesh and friends Ross James, Scott Law, Dave Zirbel, Danny Eisenberg, and Alex Koford took to the stage following their work at the food bank to perform a an outdoor one-set concert at the Terrapin for those who helped out that day. They played hits like “Big River” and "Brown-Eyed Women" as well as covers of “Ohio” and “Atlantic City”, ending the night with “Samson & Delilah” and “Ripple”.


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