Who is Terrapin Flyer? The core of the band is the idea that the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia’s music still has plenty of life, and that the music being so improvisational in nature means no two Terrapin Flyer shows will ever be the same. You never know who might show up to jam at a show, but you can always count on a great time with some of the most recognized artists in the music community.
Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. The band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead-inspired touring acts in the nation, continuing to bring in nationally recognized guest musicians to create new and intriguing musical dynamics to each show. Terrapin Flyer shows feature a variety of skilled musicians like Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and Vince Welnick (RIP), Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals, and Ratdog guitarist Mark Karan. Other members of the band include lead guitarist Josh Olken, singer Kara Cavanaugh, Bassist Janis Wallin and many other prominent players in the Grateful Dead extended family.