B i o g r a p h y

The China Cats are:

Matt Hartle, lead guitar and vocals

Scott Cooper, rhythm guitar and vocals

Steve Sofranko, keyboards and vocals

Rockin' Roger, bass and vocals

Michael Owens, drums


The China Cats are the premier Grateful Dead tribute band in Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Bay Area.  Formed in 2008 as the band "Dough Knees," by Scott, Roger, Steve, and original lead guitarist Theo Wilson, they regrouped in 2009 as the China Cats, brought Mike Owens on board as permanent drummer, and with Matt Hartle taking over the lead guitar chair in 2010, with the first appearance of the current lineup being on March 27, 2010 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz.  Since that time, the China Cats have played all over Northern California.

Additionally, we've put on shows with many guest musicians, including: Donna Jean Godchaux, Melvin Seals, Burt Lewis, Sunshine Becker, Paul Garcia, Bret Bailey, Jeff Faust, Amy Gabel Berry, Mike Meagher, Rob Wenig, Paige Clem, Neil Hampton, Dave Faulkner, Andy Birchett, Mark Corsolini, Keith Graves, Jimmy Hubbard, Jim Lewin, Will McCosker, and Jerry Brown .

  • w-facebook
  • White YouTube Icon

F E A T U R E D   R E V I E W S

San Jose Mercury News:
“Every time The China Cats play a song, it’s a new experience. We’re not playing the 1973 version of the song or the ’79 or the ’92 version. We’re playing the 2017 version of the song," Hartle said. "On these tunes, anything can happen. There are certain things that are specific, and certain things that are wide open to interpretation. It’s never about going back. It’s always looking to the present moment that we’re having."

E V E N T S​

N O V
27


November 27, 2019
The Ashkenaz
Berkeley, CA

 

N E W S
Check out video of the 2nd set of Melvin Seals with the China Cats at the Sweetwater 2/23/2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeXs_kTwlH4

D E C

06

December 6, 2019
Moe's Alley
Santa Cruz