Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe. Through the many musical associations developed there and the many that have continued since then, the Jam concept has overridingly become the staple of the band’s history and influence.
The band draws from the vibrant Chicago music scene utilizing band members from a variety of local bands. The band also performs with legends of the music world such as Grateful Dead keyboardists Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and formerly Vince Welnick (RIP). The band has also toured with Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals.