Phil Lesh & Wilco to debut ‘PHILCO’ at SACRED ROSE Festival in Chicago on Friday, August 26

Article Contributed by JSloane Creative | Published on Thursday, June 2, 2022

Chicago’s new multi-genre festival SACRED ROSE, debuting at SeatGeek Stadium on August 26 - 28, 2022, has announced details of its Friday, August 26 headliner Phil Lesh & Friends.

Featuring the world debut of special guests Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy (vocalist/guitarist) and Nels Cline (guitarist) alongside host and captain of the musical ship Phil Lesh, SACRED ROSE will proudly present the first-ever ‘PHILCO’ performance. The headlining Friday night set in Wilco’s native Chicago will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime musical moment, melding together the fabrics of two iconic American bands for the first (and likely last) time ever. Anchored by Lesh’s white-hot bass riffs, PHILCO will see Tweedy channel Jerry Garcia’s vocal power while Cline purveys six-string shredding.

Also joining Lesh, Tweedy and Cline is an all-star roster of critically-acclaimed musicians including Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Co, Wolfpack), Karl Denson (Rolling Stones, Greyboy Allstars), John Molo (Phil Lesh & Friends), Stu Allen (Phil Lesh & Friends + Dark Star Orchestra), Grahame Lesh (Phil Lesh & Friends + Midnight North), and Elliott Peck (Midnight North).

Says Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy: “Nels and I are honored to be asked to join Phil and Friends for Sacred Rose. There has been so much about Phil and the Dead to be inspired by over the years, from their longtime musical brotherhood to their wonderful and incomparable music, to their relentless touring and longevity. But perhaps the biggest inspiration is their dedication to the community that has grown up around them. This is a trait that we in Wilco deeply appreciate and have aimed to emulate over the years. There’s nothing better than playing music with your friends, for your friends."

Lesh has a special relationship with Wilco, dating back to 1999 when the Grateful Dead founding member performed his catalog hit “Ripple” with the band at their California concert. In 2016, Wilco joined forces with Lesh’s fellow founding member Bob Weir to cover Grateful Dead’s “St. Stephen,” with Lesh returning the favor in 2019 when his Terrapin Family Band covered Wilco’s “Misunderstood”.

SACRED ROSE’s eclectic line-up spans the sweet sounds of Americana, psych-rock, jam, indie, soul, funk and bluegrass which includes Khruangbin, The War On Drugs, Black Pumas, Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Goose, STS9, Greensky Bluegrass, Kamasi Washington, Animal Collective, Margo Price, and many more.

Both 3-day and single-day tickets are on sale now


Phil Lesh & Friends aka PHILCO
The War On Drugs
Black Pumas
Umphrey's McGee
Joe Russo's Almost Dead
Greensky Bluegrass
The Disco Biscuits
Kamasi Washington
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Punch Brothers
Animal Collective
Hiatus Kaiyote
The Wood Brothers
City and Colour
Yves Tumor
Moon Taxi
Cory Wong
The Infamous Stringdusters Feat. Molly Tuttle
With Special Guest Margo Price (Artist At Large)

(A - Z)
Andy Frasco and the U.N.
Blu DeTiger
Circles Around The Sun
Danielle Ponder
Gone Gone Beyond
Holly Bowling
Karina Rykman
Kitchen Dwellers
Liz Cooper
Luke Mitrani
Maggie Rose
Midnight North
Nicole Atkins
Sierra Hull
SunSquabi Feat. Kanika Moore (Artist At Large)
The Dip
White Denim