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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


There are 11 comments associated with this post

PM December 7, 2012, 11:24:24

Very nice, now go create some new classics instead of being a cover band, the other guys might be dried up but Warren your still at your creative peak.

Derek the Domino December 7, 2012, 11:05:15

Can’t find my way home is Blind Faith not Traffic

cosmicbein December 7, 2012, 13:15:30

Epic show for all that attended ,this is fo sho.Dead Forever,Forever Dead Happy Holidaze to everyone

Blooby December 7, 2012, 11:34:09

Anybody know what time the video streams begin? I assume 11:00 on the east coast. Any replays? Love this lineup.

Ouish December 7, 2012, 12:14:44

Where does it say Traffic????

jimmy December 7, 2012, 12:32:46

PM you are a disrespectful Dumb Ass! if you can’t say something nice then don’t say anything at all…. i know i just said something mean but you needed to be put in your place! Now i am apoligizing, time for you todo the same!
Have a great weekend!

Yossarian December 7, 2012, 14:37:57

Trollz is gonna troll, they say. Looks like an interesting set list to me, and these guys bring it every time.

norma stitz December 7, 2012, 15:47:50

at the end of the show Molo said “your a damn good audience”

DrasticJasper December 7, 2012, 20:46:59

The stream starts at 7pm west coast so 10pm east coast go to and register then login to buy webcast it’s only $7

adks12020 December 8, 2012, 09:33:28

@PM…..Jimmy Herring is anything but “dried up”. His last two solo albums have been fantastic. The band he is touring with is blowing the doors off places….and showing up Victor Wooten’s band every night.

larry January 2, 2013, 16:39:22

I was there – flew in from NY. First off Terrapin Crossroads is a special venue, a place where crickets and cicadas really sing. Second, this band is a power house, and seeing Phil’s smile when he said “and music is her name” during southern cross made the trip worthwhile. Peace

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