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Published: 2012/11/30

Phil Lesh Reopens Terrapin Crossroads’ Grate Room

Phil Lesh officially reopened his Terrapin Crossroads Grate Room last night. The three-set Gala featured a number of Terrapin Crossroads regulars as well as steady Lesh collaborators Bob Weir and Jackie Greene. As Lesh explained in a recent interview with Relix, his refurbished Grate Room features larger windows, a new sound system and some cosmetic changes. The redesigned space will now be able to host weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and even Salsa nights.

Last night’s show featured three different segments. The evening opened with some brief remarks from Lesh and a 30-minute performance by the Terrapin Crossroads Family Band. Core Family Band members Phil Lesh, Brian Lesh, Grahame Lesh and Ross James were joined by Furthur drummer Joe Russo for a show set that consisted of “Uncle John’s Band,” “The Wheel” and “Attics of My Life.” Considering that Terrapin Crossroads is located by the water, “Uncle John’s Band” felt like a fitting way to kick off the evening.

During the Lesh’s set break, The Deep Dark Woods—who performed elsewhere at Terrapin Crossroads with Phil Lesh on Wednesday—offered a 45-minute set that closed with “Jack-a-Roe.” Then, Lesh, Weir, Greene, Russo and Furthur/RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti offered 90-minutes of Grateful Dead classics. They sprinkled some more unique songs throughout the setlist, including a Greene-led version of “Next Time You See Me” and The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Lesh presumably decided to cover the latter song yesterday since the Stones played London earlier in the night. The evening came to a close with an extended encore based around “Viola Lee Blues.” The number morphed into various songs—including “Bertha” and “Touch of Grey”—before closing with the end of “Viola Lee Blues.”

Lesh will perform at Terrapin Crossroads this evening with Warren Haynes, John Scofield, John Medeski and Joe Russo. Greene will open the show.

Here’s a look at the evening’s all-star set via

Thursday, November 29, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA

Playing In The Band >
Next Time You See Me
Cassidy >
New Speedway Boogie >
Jack Straw
St. Stephen >
Born Cross Eyed >
Let It Grow
Jumpin’ Jack Flash >
Sugar Magnolia

E: Donor rap
Viola Lee Blues >
Bertha >
Viola Lee Blues >
Touch of Grey >
Viola Lee Blues

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