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Published: 2013/06/05

Phil Lesh Brings the Terrapin Family Band East

Last night, Phil Lesh kicked off a three-show run at New York’s intimate Sullivan Hall. It was one of the smallest New York shows the Grateful Dead bassist has played in recent memory. Throughout the night, Lesh performed with his Terrapin Family Band, the house band for his San Rafael, CA venue Terrapin Crossroads, which includes his sons Brian and Grahame. Keeping with Terrapin Crossroads’ intimate vibe, the elder Lesh greeted fans from the stage as they entered the club. Also like, like Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads shows, taping and professional photographer were prohibited. Lesh and drummer Bill Kreutzmann are the only founding members of the Dead to Play Sullivan Hall, a venue which is named in part after the Dead’s Barton Hall show.

Like Lesh’s West Coast Rambles, last night’s Sullivan Hall shows featured a mix of Grateful Dead classics and creative covers. Of note, Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band ran through Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City,” which doubled as a nod to Ramble inspiration Levon Helm (the drummer recorded a popular version of the tune with The Band). A bit later, the ensemble performed the Brian and Phil Lesh collaboration “Mountain Town” as well as Grahame’s “Who I Was.” They also covered New York fixture Justin Townes Earle’s “I Don’t Care” and Neil Young’s “Old Man.”

Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band will return to Sullivan Hall this evening.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist as it appears in our Box Scores section

Tuesday, June 4, Sullivan Hall, New York, NY

Shakedown Street, Brown Eyed Women, Atlantic City, Who I Was, Mountain Town, Unbroken Chain, Viola Lee Blues > Cumberland Blues > Viola Lee Blues > I Don’t Care > Lovelight > Viola Lee Blues, New Speedway Boogie

E: Old Man, West LA Fadeaway, Big River


There are 6 comments associated with this post

I was there June 5, 2013, 16:12:18

Word spread pretty quick that Phil was holding this show together and “family band” may not be ready for the breakout from a bar band to actual professional band. I have no opinion just passing on what I saw.

jeff fennik June 5, 2013, 13:35:52

so sad i don’t get to see you play much anymore but it sure seems like your having fun. fan forever…..jeff

illuminaughty June 5, 2013, 17:57:02

i think we will see some guests sit ins to carry the next shows.

Getting Better June 6, 2013, 07:45:29

The kids are definitely getting better, this time around they are dramatically better than there east coas shows with there dad last summer. However their guitarist is really good.

oldschoolhead June 6, 2013, 09:29:32

@Getting Better: One thing that isn’t getting better? Your English skills. You used the word “their” three times in your post, yet spelled it two different ways. It’s simple English, my friend. It isn’t quantum physics. Learn the difference between the words “there”, “their” and “they’re” and please stop murdering the English language and writing in a manner that would cause a 3rd grader to be left back.

meat June 6, 2013, 10:39:57

Oldschoolhead. lighten up.

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