Jerry's Middle Finger, Ben Sparaco Band
6010 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90035
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Since 1987, Los Angeles-based band CUBENSIS has carried the torch in celebration of one of America’s most beloved touring bands, the Grateful Dead. CUBENSIS brings the Grateful Dead concert experience back to life. Drawing from all eras of the Dead, the band performs full sets of Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band classics that retain all the spontaneous exploratory jamming for which the bands were renown. However, the music produced is uniquely Cubensis.
The group has been acclaimed for giving new life to the Grateful Dead’s material, bringing in new styles, new innovations, and new jam band enthusiasts, while at the same time remaining loyal to the original music and the original fans.
Here, you won’t find the band wearing wigs and fake beards to re-create the Dead experience, unlike Beatlemania. “We don’t strive to play Dead tunes note-for-note,” explains Cubensis guitarist Craig Marshall. “We use the music as a skeleton, and then we flesh it out with our own improvisations. The Dead did that every time they played, and we find it to be a perfect model for our shows. The fans agree...they love hearing and dancing to Cubensis-flavored Dead.” Although the band makes little attempt to sound or act like the members of the group they’re portraying, Marshall asserted, “We do play the music in the spirit of the Dead, the way they might have if they had kept at it!”
Cubensis is drawing national attention with their true-to-life performances, dipping into every incarnation of the Dead, so most fans can experience shows that happened long before they were born. LA Weekly recently raved, "Cubensis plays with the same laid-back mastery as the real McCoy." Big Brother skateboard magazine says Cubensis is "the nation’s premiere Dead tribute" and the OC Weekly declared them "the hottest Grateful Dead tribute act going." OC Register affirmed Cubensis was "the best place to channel Jerry Garcia" and AOL Citybeat stated, “Cubensis is renowned for whipping its faithful crowd into a swirling, psychedelic mass for three hours straight.”
Each night, Cubensis decides on performing songs from the hundreds that the Grateful Dead performed during their 35-year tenure as fathers of improvisational rock. As a chamber orchestra interprets Bach or Mozart, Cubensis presents a completely spontaneous set list, song by song, with uncanny faithful interpretation. Audience members encourage the band by calling out requests for favorite tunes. The band performed their 4000th show during their 2017 summer tour, more shows than the actual Grateful Dead played.
Cubensis has been pleased to find their most enthusiastic supporters are those who never got a chance to see the Grateful Dead in person and wonder what they missed. Seasoned “Deadheads” come out to relive the great shows gone by, and as a result, the band is in great demand, performing over 150 shows a year throughout the Southwest.
Jerry's Middle Finger
Jerry's Middle Finger (JMF), a Los Angeles based band, performs and celebrates the music of The Jerry Garcia Band (JGB)... and is taking the west by storm.
With some of the strongest and most seasoned players and vocalists in the SoCal jam band community on their roster, they have been playing consistently to large audiences all over California, packing venues and getting rave reviews.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Garrett Deloian has toured the world on the blues circuit, but in JMF truly shines and and is able to explore his passion and lifelong love for the work of Jerry Garcia. His guitar tone has been hailed by many of his musical peers, along with Jerry fans around the country, as one of the best “Jerry tones” in the jam band scene today.
JMF’s rhythm section, with original JMF drummer Rodney Newman and bassist Son Vo (of Mother Jones and Freshly Baked), consistently locks in on the perfect grooves, dropping the band into strong, unrelenting pockets. The foundation they set for the songs pulls audiences onto their feet, energizing them to get up and move.
JMF has two outstanding powerhouse vocalists- Halina Janusz (of Mother Jones and Sugar Mountain) and Lisa Malsberger (of Grampa's Grass and The Rumrunners). Their smooth, rich vocal tones and soaring, stellar harmonies place JMF in a category all their own.
Jon Gold (Cryptical Development, Remnants of Eden) rounds out this awesome line up with some of the sweetest, funkiest, piano and "take me ta church!" organ accompaniment and solos you've heard. He manages to masterfully capture the tones of every era of JGB from Keith Godchaux to Melvin Seals.
Together, this JMF line-up has been thrilling audiences all over the west coast with their authentic and passionate tribute to the fantastic music of the Jerry Garcia Band, keeping alive a concert experience that fans hope will last forever.
Garrett Deloian - lead guitar and lead vocals
Halina Janusz - vocals
Lisa Malsberger - vocals
Son Vo - bass guitar
Jon Gold - keys and organ
Rodney Newman - drum kit
Ben Sparaco Band
Ben Sparaco and The New Effect is an up and coming 4 piece Americana soul-rock
band based out of Nashville, TN. Sparaco has made a name for himself as an in-demand and
versatile musician known for his original music, soulful voice, and electrifying guitar playing. A
Florida native now living in Nashville, Tennessee, he is equally influenced by the heroes of his
southern homeland as he is by west coast psychedelic rock pioneers, jazz legends, and
songwriters new and old. Ben has shared the stage and toured with members of the Allman
Brothers Band, Dead and Company, North Mississippi Allstars, The Warren Haynes Band,
Mumford and Sons, Dizzy Gillespie Band, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and many more. His
debut album “Wooden,” featuring some of Nashville’s finest studio and touring musicians, is
available everywhere now.
$12.00 - $15.00
- 7:00 - Ben Sparaco Band
- 8:00 - Jerry's Middle Finger
- 9:15 - Cubensis