Phil Lesh and Friends
Phil Lesh is entering his 15th year of playing with a rotating mix of Friends, both old and new. Phil began playing under the moniker Phil Lesh and Friends in 1998, after he’d returned to performing following the death of his friend and bandmate Jerry Garcia in 1995. With a varied mixture of some of the best performing musicians in the live music universe, Phil has kept his musical journey fresh by constantly and consistently putting together bands featuring dynamic, exciting musicians and singers working together toward keeping the music of the Grateful Dead moving forward into the future.
Musicians who have joined Phil Lesh and Friends over the years include a who’s who of performers: Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell of Phish, Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, John Molo, John Scofield, Greg Osby, Ryan Adams, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Joan Osborne, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Bill Payne and Paul Barrere of Little Feat, Chris Robinson… and the list goes on and on. Phil is continuing the journey with some more recent friends of the past few years: Joe Russo, Jackie Greene, John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti and Adam MacDougall. With the opening of Terrapin Crossroads in 2012, Phil has signaled his intent to keep playing with friends old and new for many years to come.
Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band heads east!
Formed from weekly shows at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA, the Terrapin Family Band has become the venue’s official house band. Terrapin Crossroads’ constant free bar shows, often featuring bandleader Phil, have created an opportunity for the young musicians of Terrapin Crossroads’ crew to perform together and with a diverse cast of visiting musicians. Through playing in this setting, and with ongoing mentoring from Phil – Brian Lesh, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Scott Padden, and Alex Koford have grown into a richly nuanced and fun band, throwing down originals, old country and rock songs, murder ballads, Grateful Dead tunes, and more.
For the first time, the Terrapin Family Band will be taking their sound to the East Coast, performing five nights in New York June 4-8 with Phil Lesh. When not on the road with Phil, you can find the Terrapin Family Band at the Terrapin Crossroads bar every Wednesday night at ~8:30pm and everySunday afternoon at 12:30pm (for brunch).