After thirty years or so, this started to get old, along with the energy that often went into the concerts.
But in the last month or so, Phil Lesh seems to have found a way to ignite that old spark in a new form with his new bar/nightclub, Terrapin Xroads. In the last two weeks, he's assembled various combinations of musicians from the Bay Area jamband scene and staged concerts there almost every night -- each night different, each setlist different. In addition to a weekend of free concerts to kick off the nightclub's opening, he's done a number of webcasts And as jaded as I am about the music now produced by the remnants of the Grateful Dead, he's managed to reconvert me into a fan.
New show tonight!! 7:45PM PST. Internet simulcast at: http://terrapincrossroads.net/news/march-25th-webcast-free-click-here/
If you think that Grateful Dead music is old news, now (which it is), check out this show from earlier this month, featuring Warren Haynes and Jeff Chimenti. These days, the Cryptical Envelopment from Anthem of the Sun segues into a kick-ass version of the Who's Magic Bus, and St. Stephen goes into Layla: (about 0:37 into the show, if your bandwidth lets you fiddle with the Youtube slider)