Cast of Clowns was founded by Craig Wright in April of 2008 and has played regularly up and down the West Coast, and in Hawaii, steadily developing a loyal fan-base and a reputation as part fun machine, part harbinger. Focusing on Wright’s original material and lyrics penned by the Grateful Dead’s Robert Hunter the Clowns songs seek out new approaches flowering into future traditions while staying steeped in the roots of San Francisco.
Cast of Clowns shows feature world-class players, each contributing their unique part to the center ring’s songs and sonic explorations.
At every show Wright is joined by co-founder, drummer and psychedelic settler, Greg Anton, (also founding member of jam band pioneers Zero), whose creative contributions include co-writing with Hunter and Wright.
Regular contributing members include guitarist Jeff Pevar, (Crosby Stills and Nash, Ray Charles, Phil and Friends), Melvin Seals, (Jerry Garcia Band, Master of The Universe), Damian Erskine, (Gino Vanelli), Robin Sylvester, (Ratdog), and Stu Allen, (JGB).
Very special guest appearances have included and often do include Bill Kreutzmann, Barry Sless, Banana, Chip Roland, Futoshi Morioka, Dan Duffin, Matt Hartle, Jimmy Hubbard, Michelle Bellamy, Michael Saint John, Duke Davis, Mikey Stevens, and Paul Branin.
Cast of Clowns is currently producing both a studio and live album while playing select dates over the Spring and Summer of 2011. More info at www.castofclowns.com.