Cats Under The Stars featuring Melvin Seals

Cats Under The Stars Featuring Melvin Seals

As keyboardist for the Jerry Garcia Band from 1980-1995, Melvin Seals was one of Garcia's primary musical foils throughout the latter half of his career. Legendary for his funky and soulful solos and simmering, buoyant rhythms on the Hammond B-3 organ, Melvin keeps Garcia's musical flame alive to this day as leader of "JGB", while frequently touring with popular acts such as Steve Kimock and Ashland's Cast Of Clowns. Portland's Cats Under The Stars "reboot" the Jerry Garcia Band experience with a wide variety of Garcia concert classics, interwoven with flavors from the Grateful Dead's "long strange trip". In 2012, Melvin teamed up for the first time with Cats Under The Stars. Needless to say, performing with Melvin as our keyboardist for three marathon shows in Ashland, Portland and Eugene was an inspiring and energizing experience for the whole ensemble, and we said "we have to do that again!"...therefore we bring you "Melvin & The Cats" 2013 Fall Tour!

Melvin Seals

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. He has played with legends such as Chuck Berry, Charlie Daniels and Elvin Bishop. But perhaps Melvin is most revered for his powerful and high-spirited Hammond B-3 organ and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band, adding his gospel-soul touches to the rhythm and blues base of the JGB.

Cats Under The Stars

Based in Portland, Oregon, Cats Under The Stars celebrates and recreates the music of Jerry Garcia, including the Grateful Dead but spotlighting his output in the Jerry Garcia Band. Most famous as the creative luminary of the Grateful Dead, Garcia is equally beloved by fans as leader of the Jerry Garcia Band, his soulful, eclectic, powerhouse side project that performed hundreds of live concerts.

Since their inception in early 2010, the Cats have found themselves warmly received by Deadheads of all ages, with the dancing energy of the crowd fueling our music. In September 2012, Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Melvin Seals performed full-length concerts with Cats Under The Stars in Applegate, Eugene and Portland. The Cats have also had the privilege of supporting popular touring artists such as Cast Of Clowns (feat. members of Jerry Garcia Band, Ratdog & Zero), Tapwater,and Boris Garcia. The Cats' band personnel are veterans of Portland's rock/jam music scene: Josh Biggs on drums; Carey Rogers on bass and background vocals; a rotating cast of keyboardists, including Edward Connell, Jeffree White, Rich Landar and Adam King (and Melvin!)... and (in the "Jerry" position) Tom Wright on guitar and lead vocals.

The Cats musical approach is to stay true to the original live arrangements of the songs, while being open to "discovered moments". Combining familiar textures and musical phrasings in new and interesting ways within the established framework, the band and audience forge an intimate rapport as solid dance grooves, tightly structured soloing, and lush vocal harmonies keep the party rolling along! With a constantly growing repertoire of 75+ songs, Cats Under The Stars performances draw mostly from the Jerry Garcia Band catalog while dropping in Grateful Dead classics here and there to kick things into overdrive. Included in the long, diverse list of Garcia-covered covers are "Jerrified" versions of highly recognizable songs by Bob Dylan, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale, Peter Tosh, Allen Toussaint, Smokey Robinson... the list goes on and on.

$14.00 - $17.00

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Cats Under The Stars featuring Melvin Seals

Friday, September 20 · 9:00 PM at Alhambra Theatre