Tonight: Melvin Seals & Jerry Garcia’s Band

  • Courtesy of Melvin Seals

    Melvin Seals jammin’ on his keyboards.

KILAUEA– Melvin Seals and Jerry Garcia Band pay tribute to the late Jerry Garcia by traveling around the world and staying true to the Garcia sound.

And tonight, Melvin Seals will be at Anaina Hou Community Park with Jerry Garcia Band. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Seals took over the Jerry Garcia Band after Garcia’s death in 1995 and continues the band’s legacy. Garcia was also well-known as the lead singer for the Grateful Dead. Jerry Garcia Band formed before Grateful Dead and continued to play during breaks in Grateful Dead’s schedule.

Seals has been a powerhouse in the music industry for more than 30 years as a performer, recording artist and producer and is known for his soulful Hammond B-3 organ and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. With the help of Jerry Garcia, they were the founders of the Jam Band Music era. They play blues, funk, rock, jazz and chop it up with some R & B and gospel, just to give it flavor.

Seals is excited to come to Kaua‘i because it will be his first time coming to this island. He has been to Big Island and Maui.

“I can’t wait to try the different foods, looking for seafood you have and just get away,” he said.

He loves to fish, and wants to try the different dishes here on Kaua‘i that serve local favorites. On his off time, when he is not in the studio, he gets on one of his two boats and sails away for some fishing time.

Seals says Jerry’s music is different from R & B and his message for Kaua‘i folks who don’t know their music.

“If you haven’t heard of our music please check us out. I hope they walk away with one of the best shows they seen in a long time,” said Seals.

Seals is known for playing the organ different from anybody else and encourages everyone to listen to his music.

But, even with an extensive library of songs he’s been part of, he says there are a lot of songs he wish he could have written.

“There were so many great songs I loved, that could make you happy or make you feel a certain way,” he said.

Seals had some advice for the upcoming generations that wanted to pursue music.

“If someone wants to pursue music, imagine a song you love on the radio and wish you could write it, that’s the thought process of creating a new song,” he said. “But first, put in the time to be great at anything. Take time to study what you are going to share and dish out. If you have a heart you should feel it, if you feel it so will your listeners.”

Tickets available at Eventbrite.

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