On January 24th – 26th, Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, Calif. will host the first West Coast Rambles of the year. Lesh will team up with Furthur cohorts John Kadlecik and Jeff Chimenti for the main sets, but the big news is who will open and augment Phil on his sets – God Street Wine!
[Photo by Michael Weiss]
All five original members of the band and multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby will take part in the Rambles both as the opening act and as part of Phil’s sets. God Street Wine last played this past August when they completed a cross-country run with a three-night stand at the Gramercy Theater in New York City. On August 9th, the band visited Bob Weir’s TRI Studios for a webcast and later that night performed with Lesh at Terrapin Crossroads. Tickets are on sale now via the venue’s website.
The Phil Lesh Quintet, aka The “Q”, finished a four-night at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, Calif. last night. Once again, Lesh, Warren Haynes, Rob Barraco, Jimmy Herring and John Molo had a few tricks up their sleeves as they debuted a cover of Eric Clapton’s Forever Man and worked Morning Dew into the middle of Dark Star. The group also performed signature covers Broken Arrow and Low Spark of High Heeled Boys and dusted off Warren’s The Real Thing from their 2002 album There and Back Again.
For the encore, the group’s vocalists – Barraco, Lesh and Haynes – gathered around a single mic to sing Attics Of My Life. Our pal JRapp has shared some must-hear audio from last night’s PLQ finale…
Here’s Eyes of the World, Low Spark > Forever Man:
Last night marked the 32nd anniversary of John Lennon’s tragic death, so the Phil Lesh Quintet, aka The “Q”, paid tribute to the fallen Beatle at the end of the group’s third of four shows at Terrapin Crossroads. Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Rob Barraco and John Molo treated fans to an interesting arrangement of The Beatles’ Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds as the lone encore.
The band also tipped their hat to Lennon’s Beatle band mate George Harrison by covering Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) in the middle of the second set. The second set was a massive Help > Slip > Frank’s sandwich as Help On The Way > Slipknot! opened the closing stanza while Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower finished it. In between was the band’s “single” Night of a Thousand Stars as well as the Harrison cover, the highly technical King Solomon’s Marbles and GD classics The Other One and Uncle John’s Band. For the first set, The “Q” stuck to Dead tunes with the exception of the Warren-sung Into The Mystic (Van Morrison).
Watch The “Q” cover Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds…
Here’s the full setlist for Night Three of the PLQ Run…
Phil Lesh, Rob Barraco, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring and John Molo – otherwise known as The “Q” – returned to Terrapin Crossroads last night for the second of four consecutive shows at the San Rafael, California venue. After a late start to which Lesh noted the band was on “MST or Musicians Standard Time,” The “Q” dug right in for two jam-filled sets filled with Dead tunes and classic rock covers.
Phil and his mates dusted off a few treats from their ’00 – ’02 hey day by including a bit of Good Times Bad Times into St. Stephen, covering The Band’s Acadian Driftwood and tackling Warren chestnuts Patchwork Quilt and Soulshine. A surprise came in the second set when The “Q” tackled Jessica by the Allman Brothers Band before the spotlight turned to Lesh for Unbroken Chain.
Set One: Jam > The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion), Soulshine > Good Lovin’ > Sugaree, Acadian Driftwood, Mississippi Half-Step > Cumberland Blues
Set Two: Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain, Patchwork Quilt > St. Stephen > Good Times Bad Times (One Verse) > St. Stephen > Millennium Jam > The Eleven > Jessica > Unbroken Chain > Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad > And We Bid You Goodnight, Donor Speech
Encore: Casey Jones
[Setlist compiled by Duanebase]
Here’s audio of the Phil Lesh Quintet from last night via Quinn on Philzone.org…
The “Q”, the longest-running version of Grateful Dead / Furthur bassist Phil Lesh’s Phil and Friends projects returned last night for the first of four shows at Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, Calif. The band, which features Jimmy Herring and Warren Haynes on guitars, Rob Barraco on keyboards, Phil on bass and John Molo on drums mixed classic rock covers with gems from the Grateful Dead songbook during the first two sets of the long-awaited four-night run.
Both Passenger and Doin’ That Rag, the first two songs played, were among the tunes that best showed the power of the ensemble during their early ’00s heyday. The group nodded to one of Haynes’ other bands, the Allman Brothers Band, by working Midnight Rider into the middle of China Cat Rider. Viola Lee Blues, another song that thrived in the “Q” era finished the first set.
The second set saw the quintet stretch their legs improvisationally, weaving Playing In The Band into Shakedown Street with a ferocious jam. Lesh and his band worked a cover of Blind Faith’s Can’t Find My Way Home out of Caution before settling into Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills and Nash. The typical China > Rider pairing was split up last night as China Cat came in the first set while I Know You Rider closed out set two.
Set One: Jam > Passenger, Doin’ That Rag, China Cat Sunflower > Midnight Rider > China Cat Sunflower, Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues, Althea, Viola Lee Blues
Set Two: Playing In The Band > Jam > Shakedown Street > Can’t Find My Way Home > Caution > Southern Cross > Terrapin Station > I Know You Rider, Donor Rap
One of the more exciting runs in post-Dead history came to a close last night when Phil Lesh, John Medeski, John Scofield, Warren Haynes and Joe Russo finished a three-night stand at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, Calif. As they did on the first two nights, the extremely talented combo mixed classics from the Grateful Dead songbook with assorted covers.
[Photo by Scott Gordon]
Among the quintet, Warren Haynes was the lone member known for his singing so he handled vocals for most of the run with Phil chiming in from time to time. Last night saw the group deliver covers of Dear Mr. Fantasy, Amazing Grace, Blue Sky, Sunshine Of Your Love, Hallelujah, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Turn On Your Lovelight and Not Fade Away.
Our pal JRapp captured some audio from yesterday’s festivities. Check out the quintet’s gorgeous take on Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah followed by a transcendent, 35-minute Dark Star > While My Guitar Gently Weeps > Dark Star segment that shows the power of this band…
As we’ve mentioned, the Grate Room at Grateful Dead / Furthur bassist Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, Calif. has been re-opened after a renovation. The first gig at the “new” Grate Room took place on Thursday with a variation on Furthur and continued last night with the first of three Phil & Friends’ performances featuring the unbelievable lineup of Lesh, John Medeski, John Scofield, Warren Haynes and Joe Russo which will be followed by four nights of the fan-favorite “Q” band (Lesh, Haynes, John Molo, Jimmy Herring and Rob Baracco) on Dec. 6th – 9th.
The first two shows from the re-opened Grate Room were webcast on a Pay-Per-View basis for $7 a piece, but there was no word on future webcasts. Well that has changed as now you can buy webcasts of both remaining “Best Friends” shows as well as all four nights of The “Q” via the Terrapin Crossroads website. Great news for those of us out of the area or unable to score tickets.
The Grate Room at Terrapin Crossroads has been re-opened after a renovation and following Thursday night’s opening performance featuring a variation on Furthur, the real fun began last night. Lesh put together one of the most talented bands in the history of his “Friends” projects for three nights running from yesterday until Sunday. Joining Phil for the three performances to kick off December at the San Rafael, Calif. venue are Furthur band mate Joe Russo on drums, MMW keyboardist John Medeski, ABB / Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes and jazz guitarist John Scofield.
For yesterday’s first show, the dream ensemble mixed classics from the Grateful Dead song book with a handful of classic rock covers such as In Memory of Elizabeth Reed by the Allman Brothers Band and The Beatles’ She Said, She Said. Last night’s performance was webcast on a Pay-Per-View basis leading to speculation that the next two nights will be broadcast as well.
Watch a video of Shakedown Street that has popped up on YouTube…
Listen to Eyes > Liz Reed > Eyes and Scarlet > Fire from Set Two…
Tonight marks the re-opening of the Grate Room at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, Calif. The Terrapin Family Band and Deep Dark Woods will open for Greenur – aka Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Joe Russo and Jeff Chimenti of Furthur with Jackie Greene. For those who can’t attend, you can watch via a Pay-Per-View webcast.
For a $7 fee you can catch the action live from Terrapin Crossroads. Head HERE to purchase your pass. The webcast starts at 7PM PT.
The Grate Room at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, Calif. is currently undergoing a renovation and today the venue has announced a two-week gala to welcome back the refurbished “Grate Room” section of the joint. The lineups Lesh has put together are just amazing and are highlighted by four nights of The “Q” – Phil’s longest running post-Dead ensemble that features Rob Barraco, John Molo, Jimmy Herring, Warren Haynes and the Grateful Dead / Furthur bassist.
The action starts on Nov. 28th with a free bar show with Phil and Deep Dark Woods. On the 29th, Lesh will be joined by Bob Weir, Jackie Greene and other special guests. Then, on Nov. 29th – Dec. 1, Greene will open for Lesh, Weir, John Scofield, John Medeski and Joe Russo – what a fucking band. From Dec. 3 – 5, the Storytellers series will take over the venue followed by The “Q” finales.
Here’s the full details on what looks to be a ridiculous few weeks of shows…
Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, Calif. will host its first Halloween party on October 31st and the Grateful Dead/Furthur bassist has put together quite the lineup. Rob Barraco, Barry Sless, John Molo and Peter Rowan will be performing with Lesh at the Crossroads Halloween Party along with the venue’s house band which features Grahame Lesh, Brian Lesh, Ross James and Scott Padden.
The concert will be held in the restaurant part of the building as the Grate Room will be undergoing renovations. $75 gets attendees a buffet dinner, late night snacks, the music, a signed poster and more. Tickets go on sale October 9th at http://store.terrapincrossroads.net/ and at the Terrapin Crossroads Box Office during box office hours 4:00pm to 9:30PM.
It will be a busy fall for Furthur / Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh who not only is midst of a Furthur fall tour and has a 10-show run through New York City area venues booked with Phil and Friends for November, but he just announced a series of “Harvest Hoedown” performances at his own Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, Calif. on October 18 – 21.
Lesh debuted the Hoedown series last month and mostly performed traditional and classic covers during the first four-show series. For these Harvest Hoedown gigs, Phil will be joined by sons Brian and Grahame as well as guitarist Ross James, multi-instrumentalists Jon Graboff and Boo Reiners plus drummer Tony Leone. If the August shows are any indication, more performers will wind up playing. Tickets go on sale Sept. 28th via the venue’s ticketing site and at the Terrapin Crossroads’ box office.
Album Week continued last night at Phil Lesh’sTerrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, Calif. where the Grateful Dead / Furthur bassist and a bunch of his musical comrades spent the first set covering Gram Parsons’ Grievous Angel and the second set jamming on tunes from the Grateful Dead repertoire. During the second set, Lesh welcomed out Phish bassist Mike Gordon as a second bassist. Gordon had the night off from Phish tour which continues tonight at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
After covering Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks on Wednesday night, Lesh and his band – which included sons Grahame and Brian as well as guitarist Mark Karan, multi-instrumentalist Ross James, keyboardist Conor O’Sullivan, drummer Scott Paden and vocalist Elliott Peck – went a more obscure route last night by tackling the Flying Burrito Brothers member’s second solo album from 1973.
Gordon emerged at the start of the second set and stuck around for the whole closing stanza. The set began with a bass duet between Lesh and Cactus and continued with The Wheel. Uncle John’s Band, Death Don’t Have No Mercy, I Know You Rider, Loser and Franklin’s Tower made up the rest of the set. Take a listen to Franklin’s Tower via this recording from Z-Man…
And here’s audio of the bass duel that started the second set…
Following last night’s webcast at TRI Studios, the members of God Street Wine headed to another venue owned by a member of the Grateful Dead when they assembled at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. This after-party turned into a performance as the recently reunited band took the stage for an eight-song set in which they were joined by the Grateful Dead / Furthur bassist for covers of Hey Pocky Way, Into The Mystic, Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues and another take on Candyman – which they had performed with Bob Weir earlier in the night.
[Photo by Mike Weiss]
The impromptu set started with romps through GSW classics Drive West and Waiting For The Tide. After covering Simple Twist of Fate, Lesh stepped up to replace GSW bassist Dan Pifer on the aforementioned tunes. Pifer returned for the final song of the evening – The Other Shore. God Street Wine heads over to Mill Valley for a pair of performances at Sweetwater Music Hall tonight and tomorrow.
Set: Drive West, Waiting For The Tide, Simple Twist of Fate, Hey Pocky Way*, Into The Mystic*, Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues*, Candyman*, The Other Shore
Phil Lesh announced one more set of summertime West Coast Rambles at his Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, Calif. The Grateful Dead / Furthur bassist will be joined by Neal Casal, Mark Karan, Joe Russo, Adam MacDougall and Jon Graboff for four shows from Aug. 30 – Sept. 2. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at Noon PT through the venue’s website and at 3PM PT through the venue’s box office.
[Photo by Mike Weiss]
In other Terrapin Crossroads news, God Street Wine drummer Tom “Tomo” Osander sat in with Lesh, Jon Graboff, Tony Leone and Ross James at the bassist’s bar room performance yesterday. Tomo wound up sitting in on most of the set starting with Ramble On Rose and including takes on Going, Going, Gone by Bob Dylan and Darlin’ Be Home Soon by John Sebastian as well as plenty of Grateful Dead tunes such as Alabama Getaway, Deal and Bertha. GSW is out west for a TRI Studios webcast on Thursday and a pair of performances at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley on Friday and Saturday.
Here’s the setlist from last night’s Bar Show at Terrapin Crossroads…