"The Bay Area's leading Grateful Dead tribute band."-- Modesto Bee
The China Cats have been performing the music of the Dead since 2008 throughout the West Coast. The band has performed with Melvin Seals, Donna Godchaux and others in the Dead's inner circle. The band includes the classic 5-piece lineup of the Dead with two guitars, keys, bass and one drummer. Professional, nice people and smokin' hot danceable Dead tunes.
We are available as an acoustic solo act, duo, trio, quartet or full five-piece band. Acoustic or electric.
The China Cats were awesome! They were very professional and easy to communicate with, and were on time and flexible with our slightly hectic wedding schedule. They put together a perfect setlist of Dead/JGB songs and the playing, singing and jamming were great. The sound and lighting were also very professional and made for a perfect dance party. I would highly recommend them to anyone planning an event and we can't wait to go see them again soon!
The China Cats are show stoppers! They made the experience of arranging, booking and then enjoying a virtual dead show for my husband's 50th go from a dream to a reality. THANK YOU! I started coordinating with them in January and from our first chat to our sound check to our event they were spot on...their performace allowed us to "zoom" to a dead show with friends and family from all parts of the country together and the audio was excelent for all.
My husband was truly surprised as were our dead head guests and ALL of us were blown away by the curated set list and joy with which they played. Thank you China Cats for making the evening an unforgettable celebration! We can't wait to get vaccinated and see y'all in person!! :))
Scott was so patient, relaxed, and flexible. The duo was the perfect and essential addition to our small, outdoor family ceremony. Can’t thank these guys enough. Really made our wedding such a joyous and memorable occasion. Going to be dreaming this to sleep for many days to come.
Response from The China Cats:
Thanks Michael and Lisa. Congratulations and best of luck to you both. May the four winds blow you safely home!
Price Range: To Be Negotiated
Gig Length: 60 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
The China Cat never fail to fill the dance floor. Literally, the band has never played to an empty dance floor. Our audience comes to dance and the China Cats deliver. Furthermore, it's equally as common for audience to walk away awed, inspired and impressed by the band's mastery of the music of the Grateful Dead.
The band is highly professional and easy to work with. The band shows up on time, starts on time, and works well with sound crew.
The China Cats were formed in Santa Cruz, CA in 2008 and since that time have established themselves as NorCal's premier Grateful Dead tribute band. The band features veteran musicians from the Bay Area's music scene. Bandmembers have worked with Donna Godchaux (Grateful Dead), Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Rob Barracco (Phil Lesh & Friends), Rob Koritz (Dark Star Orchestra), Stu Allen, Robin Sylvester (Ratdog), Sunshine Becker (Further) and many others.
Additional Booking Notes
Four vocal mics
three mics for Leslie organ
two mics for guitar amps
two DIs (one for keyboard, one for bass)
sufficient mics for two full drum kits including overheads, kick, and snare
Past Booked Events
|June 12, 2021 • 5:30pm - 9:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|March 13, 2021 • 8:00pm - 9:30pm||Birthday Party|
|October 15, 2020 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 29, 2018 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Birthday Party|
The China Cats, like the Grateful Dead, varies it's set list from night to night and can go as many as five nights in a row without repeating material. However the band only plays material that Grateful Dead performed, augmented with material from the Jerry Garcia Band.
Sample Set List:
Keep on Growing
Friend of the Devil
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Touch of Grey
The Music Never Stopped
The Other One>
The Last Time
Encore: US Blues
Influences & Inspiration
full PA including mains and a minimum of 5 monitors, preferably with multiple mixes, microphone requirements: Four vocal mics three mics for Leslie organ two mics for guitar amps two DIs (one for keyboard, one for bass) sufficient mics for two full drum k