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Phil Lesh & Friends to Perform at Forest Hills Stadium

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | July 29, 2014 12:20pm
 Phil Lesh & Friends will perform in Queens on September 21.
Phil Lesh & Friends will perform in Queens on September 21.
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QUEENS — Phil Lesh & Friends, a jam band led by the former bassist of the Grateful Dead, has been added to the summer lineup at the recently renovated Forest Hills Stadium, organizers announced.

The band — which rotates members frequently but will feature guitarists Warren Haynes and Jimmy Herring, drummer John Molo and keyboardist Rob Barraco in September — is scheduled to perform in Queens on September 21, officials said.

The lineup comes two days after The Replacements, a trendsetting 1980s alternative rock band, will play there along with the Hold Steady and Deer Tick. Other bands that will perform this summer at the stadium include Modest Mouse and Brand New, scheduled for Aug. 9, and Drake vs Lil Wayne, who will appear on Aug. 19.

Lesh was one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead, a band formed in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s. Known for its live perfomances and fusing elements of rock, folk, blues, reggae, jazz and rock, the band helped create what's now know as psychedelic rock. The group disbanded when its leader — Jerry Garcia — died in 1995.

Tickets for Lesh's September show, which is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., will range from $49.50 to $99.50, according to ticketfly.com, and will go on sale on Monday, August 4, at 10 a.m.

The stadium, which opened 91 years ago, has recently undergone a major facelift, including the installation of new seats and widened aisles.

Decades ago, the venue held numerous concerts, including performances by The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra.

It also used to host the U.S. Open, before it moved to Flushing in 1977.

Last year, the stadium organized its first concert in 15 years with a sold-out performance by Mumford & Sons.