Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads… 1981′
Tis’ the Summer of the Dead. Along with the big Grateful Dead farewell tour the last couple months, every weekend seems to have a big concert going on. This weekend Phil Lesh & Friends is playing at his club, Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. The band has been celebrating a certain year with each performance and incorporating songs & shows from that year into their setlist. Tonight the band celebrates 1981.
When coming up with a concept for this one the band requested I scour the archives of posters, album covers, etc. that were released in 81′. No studio albums came out that year but the epic live album Dead Set did with iconic cover artwork by, Dennis Larkins. I figured this was a great place to start and decided on attempting a homage of that beast of a cover working in a turtle as the Uncle Sam character. It definitely was time consuming and a challenge working in a pretty detailed cityscape.
Over the years I’ve had the privilege of working with almost all of the the members of the Dead individually as well with Furthur and various off-shoots but this was my first time officially working w/ Phil & the folks at Terrapin Crossroads. Great band & a great venue.
The poster is a 5-color 24″ x 18″ print from a 200 print run which will be available at the show. I have a small number of about 20 signed/AP’s available in the store.