Before I celebrate all that was good from this prominent festival, I feel compelled to address the deplorable act that was billed as Phil and Friends. Mr. Lesh has performed extensively since the late nineties under this banner achieving unparalleled success. The band is renowned for Phil surrounding himself with incredible musicians and delivering the extensive Grateful Dead catalog with refreshing and complex arrangements, where improvisation is always front and center. It consistently produced music that I enjoyed more than the latter years of The Grateful Dead. The members in his bands over the years read like a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. So when the only member announced was the beloved Jackie Greene, the rumor mill obviously exploded. By the time the night revealed itself it was my heart that suffered a similar fate…..