Terrapin Crossroads, the San Rafael, Calif. venue and restaurant founded by Grateful Dead bassist Phill Lesh, bid fans adieu on Sunday with a final three-set concert and a garage sale.
The event marked the end of the venue’s almost ten-year lifespan, during which the Crossroads served as a locus of community for Deadheads and music lovers from across the nation and beyond. The musicians that played the show – Stu Allen, Lebo, Reed Mathis, Mookie Siegel and, sitting in on some songs, Scott Guberman – were, fittingly, all members of the tightly woven community that has come to orbit the venue over the years.
The setlist was comprised of Dead tunes, covers and other material. As an apt farewell, the band concluded the evening with a heartfelt rendition of “Ripple.”
Read the goodbye statement on the venue’s website from Phil and Jill Lesh below:
Dear Terrapin Nation,
After almost ten amazing years, we’ve decided that it’s time to close the book on this chapter of Terrapin Crossroads. We’re incredibly thankful for the staff, musicians, and community that made Terrapin special, and we hope that you’ll remember the past decade the same way that we do; with love, joy, and a deep sense of pride at what we all built together.
We explored all possible options in an attempt to keep Terrapin at its current location, but after carefully considering a number of various partnerships and collaborations, we decided that the best thing for us, and for Terrapin, was to bid farewell – for now. In that spirit, while Terrapin’s time at its current location may be coming to a close, we know that Terrapin Crossroads was never a location – it was a community. We hope to see you all soon, in some form, somewhere down the road.
With Love and Gratitude,
Phil and Jill Lesh
Stu Allen, Lebo, Reed Mathis, Mookie Siegel + Scott Guberman
Terrapin Crossroads – San Rafael, CA
November 21, 2021
Set I: Crossroads, Me and Bobby McGee, Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood), Sitting In Limbo, Lay Down Sally
Set II: Comes A Time, Death Don’t Have No Mercy, Little Sadie, Graceland, Into the Mystic, Operator, Mama You Been On My Mind
Set III: Mrs. Robinson, Harder They Come, Standing in the Doorway, Last Dance With Mary Jane, Just a Little Light, Like a Road, Tore Up, Man Smart, Woman Smarter, Baby Let Me Follow You Down