Beloved Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is keeping himself busy these days, whether its performing with his own band or sitting in with the many groups that perform at his venue, Terrapin Crossroads. The San Rafael, CA locale will see Lesh play with a number of groups next weekend, as he’s been announced for shows during three consecutive nights at Terrapin.The first comes next Thursday, April 7th, when Lesh joins North Mississippi All-Stars’ guitarist Luther Dickinson & The Cooperators. Lesh and Dickinson have a long history together, as they’ve collaborated many times in the past. On the next evening, April 8th, Lesh will play with Americana band Goodnight, Texas, and his son Grahame Lesh’s band Midnight North will open.Finally, Lesh will perform with Jason Crosby & Friends on April 9th, which features venue regulars Stu Allen, Scott Law, and Jay Lane. Jason’s brother Chris Crosby will play bass when Lesh isn’t sitting in. Basically, this looks to be a Phil & Friends set, just one where Lesh doesn’t perform for the whole show.The Lesh-filled weekend looks to be a great one! More information here.
MITCHELL Starc again impressed on the final day as Australia beat Derbyshire by an innings and 54 runs at Derby.The left-arm fast bowler took 4-39 as Derbyshire were all out for 112, with Tony Palladino absent injured.Starc, who has 211 wickets in 51 Tests but is yet to feature in the Ashes so far this summer, finished with seven wickets in the three-day match.Australia now face England in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with the series tied at 1-1.Steve Smith, who missed Australia’s third-Test defeat with concussion, had made just 23 with the bat on Friday but was not needed to bowl as the tourists wrapped matters up in less than 20 overs’ play.Australia needed seven wickets yesterday to force the innings victory – with Derby resuming on 53-3, needing another 113 to make the Aussies bat again – and they struck early when Alex Hughes was bowled off the inside edge by Michael Neser.Leus du Plooy top-scored with 37 but fell lbw to Mitchell Marsh, while Matt Critchley was left unbeaten on 17, as Starc removed Derbyshire’s last two batsmen for ducks.Australia had rested their entire first-choice pace attack from the third Test at Headingley with Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson all sitting the game out, as did spinner Nathan Lyon.But with Smith almost certain to return to the Test side at Old Trafford, Australia must decide who to leave out if all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne is retained in the XI. (BBC Sport)