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 asserts, “We do play the music in the spirit of the Dead, the way they might have if they had kept at it!”
Moonalice Members: * Barry Sless: lead guitar, pedal steel (Phil Lesh & Friends, David Nelson Band) * Pete Sears: keys, guitar, bass (Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna) * John Molo: drums (Bruce Hornsby, Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends) * Roger McNamee: rhythm guitar and bass (Doobie Decibel System, Flying Other Brothers, Guff, The Engineers)