When Grateful Dead/Furthur bassist Phil Lesh first revealed his plan to build a Bay Area venue, one of the more unorthodox events Lesh mentioned the club would host were dubbed “Telstar.” Lesh explained that on these nights he would put together a band for an evening of free-form improvisation. Now that Terrapin Crossroads has been open for a few months, the time has come for the first Telstar event. Phil will team up with Furthur band mates John Kadlecik (guitar) and Jeff Chimenti (keys) as well as drummer Jaz Sawyer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Graboff of The Cardinals for the initial Telstar gig at the San Rafael, Calif. club on May 27. Tickets will cost $30 a piece and will go on sale tomorrow through the venue’s website and at its box office. The idea dates back to 2008 when Phil teamed up with keyboardist Steve Molitz and other musicians for an evening of futuristic jams at a NASA research facility as part of a celebration of astronaut Yuri Gagarin’s first-ever manned journey into space.
In addition, Lesh has just announced a special “bar show” this evening at Terrapin Crossroads featuring Graboff and Chris Robinson. The time of this evening’s performance is TBA, so keep your eyes on the venue’s Twitter feed for updates.
Sounds like a direct extension of the Acid Tests…. Cosmic Man! Wish I could go but have my roots down onEast Coast. Phil is Love!
Jeff Chimenti was erroneously listed in the lineup. Adam MacDougall was actually on the keys. There’s some great reviews of the first May 27 Telstar at http://www.terrapinlanding.com in their news page. I go there for all of the latest news and reviews of Terrapin Crossroads.