Ever since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel performed two Halloween concerts on Oct. 30–31 at the outdoor Beach Park stage operated by Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, local musicians and fans have speculated that those shows may prove to be the last events at the venue.
With an empty concert calendar in November, and rumors of a lease gone unrenewed, several local artists took to social media in the last week to share their well-wishes and fond farwells.
On November 5, Terrapin Crossroads co-owners, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and Jill Lesh, confirmed the rumors with a message of Facebook stating that the live music hub was closing at its current location. Read the full message 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