Phil Lesh & Friends at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas

Outside the Las Vegas Brooklyn Bowl

Last weekend I headed to Las Vegas. I wanted to see the Phil & Friends (Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead) show at the Brooklyn Bowl and also check out my good friends’ new pizza lounge, Grinders.

We arrived in Vegas Saturday afternoon, a few hours before the show. After a quick bite at Bally’s, where we were staying, we walked over to the Brooklyn Bowl. The venue is easy to find. It’s located close to the High Roller (a 550 ft tall Ferris wheel) ,just off of the strip, in a shopping, eating, entertainment district known as the LINQ.

High Roller observation wheel in Las Vegas, NV

The High Roller observation wheel in Las Vegas

The Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, like the others in London and New York, has bowling lanes, private boxes, and multiple bars with craft beer and food. We had general admission tickets, but were still able to get a good view from the bar area. I don’t think there’s really a bad seat in the house.

Phil Lesh & Friends hit the stage at exactly eight o’clock. The band was Phil Lesh (of course), John Kadlecik, Jackie Greene, Jason Crosby, and John Russo. The sound was great and the setlist was filled with some of my favorites. Phil, at 70+ years old, seemed to be going strong and having a great time, as evidenced by his ever present smile and between-song fist bumps.

Phil Lesh & Friends Setlist 10/18/14

Set 1: Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad > One More Saturday Night, Cassidy, Doin’ That Rag, Liberty, Easy Wind > Brown Eyed Women > Cumberland Blues

Set 2: Uncle John’s Band > Any Road > Let It Grow, Mason’s Children > Lady With A Fan > Terrapin Station > Standing on the Moon > Playing in the Band > The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) E: Box of Rain

Phil did his “donor rap” after the show, encouraging people to be organ donors and letting the audience know that we wouldn’t have seen him that night if it weren’t for a person who donated their liver. I’m not sure how many people heard it well, the crowd was screaming and yelling for more music. Phil obliged the crowd by playing a classic, composed by Lesh himself, Box of Rain.

After the show, some filed out into the street, but many stayed to enjoy the beautiful night on the balconys at the Brooklyn Bowl. We made our way back towards Bally’s for a few more drinks, then eventually to bed with Dead songs playing in my head.

Phil & Friends at the Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas

Phil & Friends at the Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas

Phil Lesh and his band at the Las Vegas Brooklyn Bowl

Phil Lesh and his band at the Las Vegas Brooklyn Bowl


PS: We did make it to see my friends at Grinders on Sunday to watch the Bronco game, have a cheeseburger sub, and a few Rogue Mocha Porters. If you’re looking for a good place to enjoy east coast style subs, pizza, craft beer and wine, off strip, check them out. John and Rick are great hosts with lots of stories and enthusiasm. You won’t be disappointed.


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