Melvin Seals & JGB poised to launch Fall 2018 Tour The longtime keys man of the Jerry Garcia Band will perform in the Berkshires of Western Mass at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA on Thursday 10/11. To submit a story or to just say hello, email us at [email protected] Check out the Live Music News and Facebook page for updates and announcements. From the YouTube channel of gerryjdvideo Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “jamband music.” From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up. They’ll bring all this and more to their upcoming Fall 2018 tour, which kicks off this Friday and Saturday 9/29 and 9/30 at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. The tour will stretch across the nation into the wintertime and caps off on Jam Cruise 17 in mid-January 2019. The Jam Cruise lineup is impressive, boasting not only Melvin and JGB but also Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic, Kamasi Washington, TAUK, and much more. In the meantime, there will be stops at the Brooklyn Bowl, two night runs at the Rusty Nail in VT and the Cabooze in Minneapolis, and an appearance at the Hangtown Music Festival in Placerville CA. They’ll also grace Western Mass with a concert in Pittsfield in the Berkshires. Melvin Seals and JGB have performed in the area recently at the StrangeCreek and Wormtown Music Festivals of years past and will certainly be received with open arms. Melvin and JGB bring an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. With acoustic and electric ingredients and unique combinations of Zach Nugent’s guitar and vocals, John Paul McLean’s savory bass, Pete Lavezzoli’s hearty drums and, of course, a heapin’ helpin’ of the wizard’s magic on Hammond B-3 Organ and keyboards.  Along with Sunshine Becker and Lady Chi on back-up vocals, the result is a most satisfying blend of natural organic grooves that challenges genre boundaries. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create a spontaneous and high art where the sky’s the limit musically. They offer an exciting, often psychedelic musical journey that changes nightly and keeps the audience dancing and smiling (and some staring in amazement) for hours. Adding his rock-gospel-soul-rhythm and blues touch with his funky style of playing, no wonder Jerry nicknamed him “Master of the Universe.” Melvin continues to treat music lovers to his unique brand of melodic flavor with JGB. Come see and hear for yourself! The full list of tour dates is posted below . MELVIN SEALS & JGB’s lineup: Melvin Seals – Hammond B3 Organ, Keyboards & Vocals Zach Nugent – Electric Guitar & Lead Vocals John Paul McLean – Bass Pete Lavezzoli – Drums Sunshine Becker and Lady Chi – Backup Vocals MELVIN SEALS & JGB FALL 2018 TOUR: 09.28 Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael CA 09.29 Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael CA 10.03 Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville VA 10.04 5 Points Music Sanctuary, Roanoke VA 10.05 Salvage Station, Asheville NC 10.06 The National, Richmond VA 10.07 The Hamilton, Washington DC 10.09 Louis S Wolk JCC, Rochester NY 10.10 Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo NY 10.11 The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield MA 10.12 The Space at Westbury Theater, Westbury NY 10.13 The Ardmore, Ardmore PA 10.14 The Warehouse, Fairfield CT 10.15 Rusty Nail Stage, Stowe VT 10.16 Rusty Nail Stage, Stowe VT 10.17 Port City Music Hall, Portland ME 10.18 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn NY 10.19 Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs NY 10.20 Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, Harrisburg PA 10.26-27 Hangtown Music Festival: El Dorado County Fair & Event Center, Placerville CA 10.31 The River Theater, Guerneville CA 11.16 The Cabooze, Minneapolis MN 11.17 The Cabooze, Minneapolis MN 01.15-21.19 Jam Cruise on the Norwegian Jade, boarding from Miami FL To submit a story or to just say hello, email us at [email protected] Check out the Live Music News and Facebook page for updates and announcements.