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Bluelight Cheap Hotel is a Marin County, CA-based Grateful Dead Tribute Band that uniquely honors the music and energy of The Grateful Dead's live sound and merrymaking.  Recently formed, they bring a classic, yet modern and innovative approach from an accomplished lineup of experienced musicians that play Dead music as a foundation for their jam style, described as “high-energy” and “super funky.”


They are a band that harnesses the best of the modern jam band era with lots of pocket, tight grooves and back beat, while delivering the core beauty of the conventional Grateful Dead sound, including beautiful vocal and instrumental harmonies, inspiring rhythms and deep, experimental improvisation.  


Comprised of veterans of Steve Kimock’s Zero, Berklee jazz school grads and seasoned professionals, this band of sharp, tight, well-versed musicians will be sure to steal your face and keep you coming back to see what the next adventurous show has in store !

Band members:

Preston Barnes - Drums
Nate Beltz - Guitar & Vocals
John Farey - Keyboards
Mike Kennedy - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Adrian McCollough - Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals


Bluelight Cheap Hotel gets its name from the following lyrics in the Grateful Dead song, Stella Blue (Garcia/Hunter):

"I’ve stayed in every blue light cheap hotel  

Can’t win for trying
Dust off those rusty strings just one more time
Gonna make ‘em shine”

As professional musicians with a deep respect and love for all things Grateful Dead, we faithfully recreate the sound and magic of the Grateful Dead's live performances from the band's peak periods.

For more information and booking requests, please contact us using the form or email address below

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