Pro-Shot Video: Phil Lesh & Very Special Friends Play “Shakedown Steet” and “Get By” at the Apollo

September 10, 2018
Pro-Shot Video: Phil Lesh & Very Special Friends Play “Shakedown Steet” and “Get By” at the Apollo


This past Friday, Phil Lesh was joined by a group of Very Special Friends at New York’s famed Apollo Theater for a voter registration event dubbed Don’t Tell Me This Country Ain’t Got No Heart, and one of the highlights of the evening—a two-song run of the Grateful Dead classic from which the event drew its name, “Shakedown Street,” into Talib Kweli’s “Get By,” both featuring vocals from the Brooklyn-born rapper—is now available in pro-shot glory.

The “Shakedown Street” begins with the core band of the night, featuring Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band plus Nicki Bluhm, Eric Krasno, and Robert Randolph, then adds Kweli for a rapped verse at the end, before segueing into “Get By” (which Kweli dedicates to fellow rapper Mac Miller, who tragically passed away on Friday) while adding the Harlem Gospel Choir to complete the massive collaboration.

Watch the “Shakedown” > “Get By” performance below, and be on the lookout for more videos from the Apollo benefit.



Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band with Nicki Bluhm, Eric Krasno and Robert Randolph
Apollo Theatre New York, NY

Set I: Uncle John’s Band, Tangled Up in Blue, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You), Friend of the Devil, Ohio, Ramble On Rose, Bertha, Box of Rain

Set II: Happy Birthday to You*, Viola Lee Blues, Estimated Prophet, Love the One You’re With, Throwing Stones, Wharf Rat, Shakedown Street^, Get By^^, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door%, Turn On Your Love Light%

Enc: Touch of Grey%

Notes: *to Peter Shapiro, who was sitting in the audience
^with Talib Kweli
^^with Talib Kweli and the Harlem Gospel Choir
%with the Harlem Gospel Choir