Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band) with the China Cats at Sweetwater Music Hall.
David Gans opens and will be joined by members of China Cats.
Santa Cruz-based China Cats performs the songs of the Grateful Dead with spirited jams that carry their own genuine personality while paying homage to their musical forefathers. The band has featured many guests and shared the stage with Melvin Seals several times since 2014.
«The China Cats aren’t a cover band,» says Nicholas Meriweather, former archivist of the Grateful Dead collection at UC Santa Cruz. «They approach the Dead’s work with same kind of reverence and sophistication that the Dead themselves showed in their own forays into American roots music.»
Lead guitarist Matt Hartle brings experience from collaborations with Dead-family musicians; he also has an acclaimed body of original material, and is a founding member of Santa Cruz-based Shady Groove. Matt has shared the stage with guitarists including Henry Kaiser and Stu Allen, and is a current member of Painted Mandolin with Joe Craven. Scott has several solo albums to his credit with his band, Scott Cooper & the Barrelmakers.
Keyboardist Steve Sofranko is a regular in Stu Allen & Mars Hotel. Roger is also with Painted Mandolin and formerly played with David Gans & the Sycamore Slough String Band; he has performed with artists including Michael Kang, David Nelson, Henry Kaiser and Frank Wakefield. Drummer Michael Owens is an in-demand player who is versed in New Orleans, jazz, reggae and African drumming.