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Published: 2012/03/09

Phil Lesh and Some Friends Perform at Terrapin Crossroads’ Soft Opening

[Photo by Grahame Lesh ]

Last night, Phil Lesh and a group of his musical peers participated in the soft opening of Lesh’s long-awaited musical venue Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. The evening featured musical collaborations between Lesh and his son Grahame, along with special guests Nicki and Tim Bluhm, Jaz Sawyer, Jackie Greene and Jeff Chimenti. A comment posted to Grahame Lesh’s blog reads:

People kept commenting that last night was like watching a band in someone’s living room, and that Dark Star>Stella Blue>Dark Star jam was the major reason why. Jeff switched over to the acoustic grand piano and the people watching gathered around the piano to watch and listen. The crowd quieted down to pay attention so the grand piano was audible from across the stage (where I was listening). Just a really cool concept that was executed quite well.

You can see the full setlist along with video of video o“Bertha” and “Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad” from last night’s soft opening below.

The venue’s official opening will take place on March 17 featuring Phil Lesh, Grahame Lesh, Brian Lesh, Chris Robinson (Black Crowes), Jeff Chimenti (RatDog, Furthur), Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic), Joe Russo (Furthur, The Duo) and Bob Weir.


There are 14 comments associated with this post

Colorless March 9, 2012, 17:00:42

Why does Phil insist on Dumbing it down??Wouldnt believe its him if i didnt see lt.. Looks like a basement..sounds like a basement..12 yr old kid at the local charter school is better than Jackie..It should be called Shack of Fools

Steph Calderon March 9, 2012, 15:44:06

Definately a jam session I would love to see. I need to visit this venue! (I still miss Jerry)

Todd March 9, 2012, 17:14:45

Looks like it captures the same feel as Levon’s barn.

JP76 March 9, 2012, 19:53:41

Colorless is a sad, bitter moron.

daylight March 9, 2012, 20:23:51

dont forget ross james! that would be the bearded man behind jackie. he was very, very good. i saw the pedal steel and thought barry sless might show up…and when i realized it wasnt sless, but rather someone id never heard before i was a bit bummed, but he turned that around with some really really nice playing…but i only saw him on pedal steel for a tune or two, would have loved to see it come out more.

Michael Russo March 9, 2012, 23:46:08

There’s really no need to critique and/or compare this show to anything. Phil’s giving us a solid hint of the future here as it is to be. Do you really think he cares how great the level of the band here is? This, as many more unofficial shows upcoming here might as well be labled as such.. “off the record” – and seen as it really is.. Phil just jammin’ tunes at home with some of his many other friends + family. God Bless and thank you for a real good time.
Happy Birthday Phil.. WE LOVE YOU..!!

Roy March 10, 2012, 14:08:27


Roy March 10, 2012, 14:08:29


Jo-jo March 11, 2012, 20:12:53

dumbing it down? no i don’t think so. that’s how ‘down home’ he is and it’s nice. family style. represent.

Spacy March 14, 2012, 11:20:03

A jam is ajam, not a show, it’s personal and an exploring experience. Art grows in jams and is presented in shows. No one should judge another persons art, that’s distasteful not helpful or nice. There are enough angry frustrated people around everyday to judge others. I love to see the music grow again, it’s been so long since every street had a band, every town had live music in big and small clubs. The Lions Share/ The Sleeping Lady/ The SweetWater were all the size of a residential house and we all crammed in and had the times of our lives.

bram bud March 14, 2012, 14:26:22

Wish i’d been there- what was the cost?

IRISH March 14, 2012, 18:29:57

Jackie Green is a great musican I think colorless must be the so called 12 yr old kid from the charter school …one day you may wake up youngster

Yo-Nick March 15, 2012, 20:39:53

It was FREE! Thanks To ALL! FUN Too!
Just paying for FooD +DrinK!

Gr8ful Fred March 20, 2012, 22:25:04

Now on the Terrapin Cro$$roads web$ite ticket price$ for Phil and Friend$ are $150 for GA and $300 for VIP.
I am just about done with the Grateful Dead and company.
Phuck You Phil. Are you drinking again? Time for retirement.

Laura Reid June 25, 2015, 19:41:10

The photo at the top of this article was actually taken by me, not Graham Lesh.

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