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Cats Under The Stars / Press

“With being tied to the Grateful Dead, I've seen a lot of music and tribute bands come and go. I have yet to come across an authentic re-creation of the music of the Jerry Garcia Band as performed by Cats Under The Stars.”

Glenn Goldstein, CEO Hard Truckers

“I've been recording live music for over 30 years & my first show was JGB 7/24/80. There are a lot of Dead cover bands but only a couple of JGB ones. Cats Under The Stars captures that sounds & energy with a passionate energy to be as authentic as possible & faithful to the spirit that was Jerry! I highly recommend checking them out.”

Shiva Ho, Archival Technologist

“Saw you folks in Plymouth and (as I'm not one to give out false praise) was blown away. Absolutely outstanding. I told my son I would rate the performance by the After Midnight > ER > After Midnight and it was just spot on!!! Keep Going!!!!!”

Jim Van Houten, 86 GD + 14 JGB shows '85 - '95

“I think your band is at the top of the heap of JGB inspired bands. Zach plays more like ol' Jer than anyone I've heard, and you all treat songs very much as we tried to do so many years ago. Best of luck to you all, with respect, David Kemper”

David Kemper, Drummer of Jerry Garcia Band

“The magic of "Cats Under the Stars" stems from the band's inherent understanding of what made Jerry Garcia care as passionately about his band as he did about the Grateful Dead. "Cats" doesn't settle for trying to replicate Jerry's sound, but instead realizes the inspirational beauty and soulfulness of the Motown, funk, ballads, and irrepressible rock tunes that Garcia paid homage to in his various band incarnations. They know the power of this music and play it with the same kind of passion and joy that Jerry did. It's a mistake to call "Cats" a "tribute band." What they really constitute is a unique kind of preservation band made up of dedicated and talented musicians committed to maintaining the unbroken chain of timeless music that Jerry Garcia championed throughout his life and career. ”

Mitch Wertlieb, Host of VPR Morning Edition