Cubensis headlines Saturday; MHS Jazz opens Sunday
Cubensis returns to June Lake Jam Fest for the fourth straight year.
The band’s founder and lead guitarist Craig Marshall spoke to The Sheet on the phone Tuesday morning.
Along with Marshall, the band consists of guitarist Nate LaPointe, keyboardists Tom Ryan, bassist Larry Ryan, drummers Brad Rhodus and Ed Fletcher. There is also manager and producer John Murchison, a four man road crew, artist Darrin Brenner, and taper/archivist Wayne Stielau. Cubensis is a large family. Marshall loves it that way.
He founded the band in 1987, not out of love, but out of frustration that the Grateful Dead skipped southern California on tours. So, Marshall and friends started playing the Dead’s music to amuse themselves, Marshall said.
As a kid he taught himself to play guitar by listening to Grateful Dead LP’s at half speed.