9pm – China Cats w/ Talley Up!
Saturday, February 9 @ 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
Performing for nearly a decade and nearly 200 shows, China Cats continues the musical tradition of the Grateful Dead while throwing a new kind of gasoline on the fire. On any given night the band will play songs from throughout the Dead’s 30-year repertoire. Their joy and enthusiasm for making music together is so contagious that the band has featured guest appearances from Grateful Dead alum, including original member Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay.* Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band has joined the band on numerous occasions since 2013. China Cats performs throughout California including a recent series at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, which belongs to Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Each performance is a new, communal journey. Band members seek out a unique style and sound while paying homage to the spirit of the Dead.
Matt Hartle brings experience from collaborations with Dead-family musicians including Henry Kaiser, Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident), and is a current member of Painted Mandolin with former Garcia-Grisman instrumentalist Joe Craven. Rhythm guitarist Scott Cooper has recorded with members of Little Feat, Galactic, David Nelson Band, New Riders. His debut solo CD reached #5 on the Relix jam band radio charts. Steve regularly plays keys in Stu Allen & Mars Hotel. Roger formerly played bass in David Gans & the Sycamore Slough String Band and has performed with artists such as Frank Wakefield. Michael is an in-demand drummer who is versed in New Orleans, jazz, reggae and African styles.
Talley Up! is a psychedelic New Orleans funk band featuring some of the finest players in Marin County, Ca including bandleader Jim Talley (Bob Weir, Eric McFadden, Karl Denson, Stu Allen) on keyboards and lead vocals, Tom Finch (Big Brother & the Holding Co., Pamela Parker, SF Airship) on guitar and vocals, Michael Pinkham (New Monsoon, Scott Law, Albino) on drums, Jen Rund ( Stu Allen, Mark Karan, The Real Sarahs) on bass and vocals as well as regular special guest Aaron Saul (George Clinton, Soul Ska, Vinyl) on alto sax.
The band has released their first cd entitled “Funky Alchemy”. Recorded 24 track live at 19 Broadway in Fairfax by ace live recordist Bob Cogswell the 9 song 74 minute cd showcases the band’s instrumental songs and their amazing alchemy of funky improvisation and telepathic musical interplay. The current focus in the band are the vocals with 3 part harmonies.
Mixing funky originals by Jim Talley with New Orleans classic hits from the Meters, Dr. John, Neville Bros., Allen Toussaint, Dumpstaphunk, Jon Cleary and Little Feat among others the band constantly stretches the limits of New Orleans funk to find new musical destinations and discoveries. Talley Up! brings together the dance mania that is New Orleans funk with extraordinary improvisation skills to take the music and the audience to higher realms with each successive show!