Melvin Seals & JGB

Melvin Seals & JGB

Back for the 3rd Year in a row, Jerry Day, Club Fox, and Melvin Seals and JGB present Merry Jerry! A festive night dedicated to the music of Jerry Garcia!

Lead by Melvin Seals, who played with the Jerry Garcia Band from 1980 to 1995. After Garcia's death in 1995, Seals formed JGB which he still plays various dates across the country and has headlined the annual Jerry Day festival since 2007. Melvin Seals and JGB honor the tradition of the JGB that we all know and love and continue to be festival favorites. Jerry Day San Francisco, in it's 17th year, is an annual festival that tributes Jerry Garcia and highlights McLaren Park and the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater. The festival is held a few blocks from Jerry's childhood homes in the Excelsior District of San Francisco.

Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years, with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become "Jam Band Music". From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.

Melvin and JGB bring an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. With acoustic and electric ingredients and unique combinations of Zach Nugent's guitar and vocals, Pete Lavezzoli's hearty drums and, of course, a heapin' helpin' of the wizard's magic on Hammond B-3 Organ and keyboards. Along with backing vocals, the result is a most satisfying blend of natural organic grooves that challenges genre boundaries. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create a spontaneous and high art where the sky is the limit musically. They offer an exciting, often psychedelic musical journey that changes nightly and keeps the audience dancing and smiling (and some staring in amazement) for hours.

In addition to the often played staples, the band has recently been exploring the back catalog and performing a ton of super rare tunes, some of which The Jerry Garcia Band played only a few times over all those years.

Adding his rock-gospel-soul-rhythm and blues touch with his funky style of playing, no wonder Jerry nicknamed him "Master of the Universe". Melvin continues to treat music lovers to his unique brand of melodic flavor with JGB. Come see and hear for yourself!

Melvin Seals - Organ, Vocals
Pete Lavezzoli - Drums
John-Paul McLean - Bass
Zach Nugent - Guitar, Vocals
Lady Chi - Vocals
Sunshine (Garcia) Becker - Vocals

$30 adv / $35 day of show

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