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