Back in March, former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh opened a picturesque restaurant and bar called Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. Since then, it's come to be known as a home for Lesh and friends (and, um, Phil Lesh & Friends) to play live whenever the whim strikes. In two weeks, the complex, named after the pivotal 1977 Dead album Terrapin Station, celebrates its official grand opening with two weeks of events, including a gala unveiling of the remodeled Grate Room, a new club for live music, on Nov. 29. General tickets are sold out for the evening with Lesh, Bob Weir, Jackie Greene, and secret guests, but there are still a few VIP tickets left. A free celebration set for Dec. 3-5 promises never-before-seen Dead memorabilia, storytelling sessions, and live music.
See Also:We were given a secret tour of the Grate Room, which involved the unlocking of an impressive amount of padlocks, but were asked not to take any photographs of the still-unfinished space. What was evident, however, is that great care has been taken to maximize the acoustics in the room (we all sounded great just having a normal conversation in it) and that there will probably not be a bad view once the stage is set (capacity is around 400). Concerts will be streamed live on the website, which might be a first for a local venue. With plans to build an outdoor amphitheater on the property, there will be even more music-centric events at Terrapin in the future. The restaurant/bar, club, and that open air venue will allow for a nice variety of live presentations, and an exciting continuation of a Bay Area legacy.