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Phil Lesh Makes Terrapin Plan Official

Bob Weir recently completed work on a state-of-the-art live streaming studio (story). Fellow Furthur and former Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh has his own close to home musical project in the works.  Terrapin Crossroads is a place the bass player can do gigs with his sons and other Bay Area musicians, but also a space he hopes will benefit the community as a whole. Speaking with the Marin Independent Journal, Lesh said he wants the music barn he plans to construct just north of San Francisco in Fairfax to ' a place the community can feel free to use', and wants to make sure, '...what we want to do will fit in with the town.'  In a step to address concerns about noise levels, the performance space within the larger structure will be surrounded by wood-clad concrete walls, making it totally sound-proof.  Lesh drew inspiration for the project after performing in the barn-studio near Woodstock, NY where Levon Helm hosts regular concert and recording sessions. 'It was like going to church', said Lesh. 'I knew immediately that was something I wanted to do at home.'  Lesh and his wife Jill now live in Ross, but were Fairfax residents for about 12 years.
A use permit for the town's consideration is nearly complete.  If he gets turned down, Lesh says they will look for other options, but adds, 'Fairfax is very Haight-like. It has that feeling', and calls it '...a welcoming family town.'


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