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All-Star chemistry fuels the Rock Collection

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Bay Area all-star band the Rock Collection is full of familiar faces and is known for its classic jam-band sound, but that doesn't mean the group is living in the past. In fact, the Rock Collection is one of the most in-the-moment bands on the scene, able to improvise and harmonize with an instinctual collaborative spirit.

"I really think it's special. It's one of the best bands I've ever played in," says drummer and songwriter Greg Anton, whose musical résumé includes Marin rock band Zero.

The Rock Collection includes Anton, organ player Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), guitarist Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz (ALO), guitarist Stu Allen (Phil Lesh and Friends) and bassist John-Paul McLean (JGB).

Beyond their individual accomplishments, the Rock Collection excels because of a special musical chemistry. "The band just gels," Anton says. "What's going on onstage is a conversation at the speed of sound. We are able to bring our differences, and then we resolve them at the moment, moment by moment."

This week, the group performs its only Bay Area dates this summer, offering four unique sets over two nights, June 23–24, at Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 8pm. $20–$25. 415.524.2773.

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