Terrapin Crossroads Update: Phil & Friends Shows, Rambles


Herring & Molo in 2022 by Tony Stack
We’re getting the band back together! For the first time in almost a decade, the longest-tenured Phil & Friends band, the Quintet (or simply the Q to many) will be playing together for four nights of music at Terrapin Crossroads - April 26, 27, 28 and 29, 2012. Phil, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, John Molo and Rob Barraco will reunite for the first time since 2003 to bring fans the sounds that largely defined Phil & Friends in the early 2000s.

More information on ordering ticket will be available today, Monday, April 2nd on the Terrapin Crossroads website.

These shows will mark the start of frequent weekend outings for Phil & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, outside of the inaugural two week run. These Phil & Friends runs of shows will feature a variety of bands. Maybe it’ll be the Q again, maybe it’ll be other top-notch musicians with whom Phil has developed a deep musical bond. But the bottom line is that Phil will be doing this often. Cost of tickets for all Phil & Friends shows at Terrapin Crossroads will be $150. As with the initial run of shows, your ticket will also get you a poster from that night’s show, a good-night snack (grilled cheese sandwich) and access to see some very special musicians play together in a very intimate setting.

Terrapin Crossroads has also announced more details on the music programming fans can expect at this new venue. The official site states:


Some of the most interesting music Phil makes is when he plays it loose, and that’s exactly what the Rambles are all about. Inspired by Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles, where musical friends drop by to play with Levon and his band in his beautiful barn in Woodstock, NY, these shows will try to bring some of that magic to the West Coast.

When he is in the mood to Ramble at Terrapin Crossroads, which we expect to be often, Phil will be bringing in one or more of his friends from the rotating group of top notch musicians with whom he plays in Phil & Friends, as well as other local or perhaps lesser-known musicians whom Phil admires, respects, and wants to turn you on to. The music will be dictated by whatever the band wants to play, no rules or preconceptions. These are going to be wild! The cost for the Rambles will be $65.

The Fellowship

This band is made up of musicians who have known each other for more than 20 years, a bass player and two guitarists who all have an intuitive sense of where the others are headed musically: Phil and his guitar-playing sons Brian and Grahame. These rock and roll offspring are proof that musical talent is in the genes. Choir-like family vocal harmonies mix with with foot-stomping rock and Phil’s legendary bass tones to create unique renditions of classic Grateful Dead tunes, covers from different genres of music, and most intriguingly of all new material written by the Leshes. Shows performed by The Fellowship will feature the Lesh trio, as well as other guest musicians. Shows by The Fellowship will be $40.

Terrapin All-Stars

It’s a quiet night in Marin, and Phil gets the urge to play, which we expect will happen very frequently. With no shows booked under the moniker of any of the three primary musical outlets at Terrapin Crossroads (Phil & Friends, Rambles, and The Fellowship), keep on the lookout for the Terrapin All-Stars. These loosely-structured performances will feature Phil and whoever he can find around town and who is available to play. These could be young up-and-comers, established under-the-radar professionals, or superstars. If they’re available to play, Phil will find them and bring them out for a great night with the Terrapin All-Stars. These shows will likely be announced just days, or even hours, ahead of time, so make sure to join us on Facebook, Twitter and at www.terrapincrossroads.netfor updates. With Terrapin All-Star gigs we will be offering an affordable-for-all opportunity for everyone to see Phil play. Phil will also be doing regular benefits with Terrapin All-Stars for his Unbroken Chain Foundation in order to highlight many of the Bay Area’s wonderful non-profit groups. And for $25 for the regular gigs and $50 for the benefits, you’re not going to be able to catch music of this quality anywhere else.


[Published on: 4/2/12]

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