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Published: 2012/12/07

Phil Lesh Reunites His Quintet (Again)

The classic Phil Lesh Quintet reunited for a performance at the bassist’s recently refurbished Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA last night. In addition to Lesh, the Quintet features guitarists Warren Haynes and Jimmy Herring, drummer John Molo and keyboardist Rob Barraco. This ensemble was Lesh’s steady band from 2000-2003. After almost a decade, Lesh reunited the group as part of Terrapin Crossroads’ grand opening this spring. In separate interviews, all the members of the Quintet have mentioned that their chemistry remains, and they decided to reunite for a second time this year as part of the venue’s full reopening this fall.

Like many of Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads shows, the evening’s setlist featured a mix of Grateful Dead catalog material and classic rock covers. Recalling the Quintet’s own classic period, the group opened their first set with a free-form jam that segued into the show’s first selection. During the night, the band tackled two covers they debuted this spring, The Allman Brothers Band’s “Midnight Rider” and Bob Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues.” They also introduced covers of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” and Crosby Stills & Nash’s “Southern Cross” into the Quintet’s repertoire (of course the members of the Quintet have performed these songs in a variety of settings over the years). Lesh often bases his setlists around a certain theme, and last night’s seamless second set discussed travel and destination. It was a fitting sentiment as Lesh establishes his new venue.

The Quintet will return to Terrapin Crossroads this evening.

Here’s a look at last night’s set as it apepars in our Box Scores section via

Thursday, Decemeber 6, Terrapin Crossroads San Rafael, CA

Set I: Jam > Passenger > Doing That Rag, China Cat Sunflower > Midnight Rider > China Cat Sunflower, Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, Althea, Viola Lee Blues

Set II: Playin In The Band > Jam > Shakedown Street > Can’t Find My Way Home > Caution > Southern Cross > Terrapin Station > I Know You Rider

E: US Blues

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