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3rd time’s a charm: Melvin Seals and the JGB return to Mo’s

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Melvin Seals and the JGB play South Shore's Mo's Place on Sunday.

Melvin Seals is keeping Jerry Garcia’s spirit alive with his group Melvin Seals & JGB.

An 18-year member of the Jerry Garcia Band, Seals headlines a Sunday night show at Mo’s place in South Lake Tahoe.

Trained in the church, the Hammond B-3 organ player fit in well with the Grateful Dead crowd, once he became comfortable with all of the Dead’s skeleton logos.

Here’s a look at the JGB:

Stu Allen – the guitarist-singer has been in the band since 2004 and appears on the “Keepers of the Flame”‘ album. In the early 1990s, he co-founded the Minnesota-based acoustic-electric jam band, Blue Man Jive. H’s also is a founding member of The Jones Gang , Minneapolis’ premier Grateful Dead tribute band, to which he still lends his talents.

Jimmy Tebeau – the bass also is a member of the Grateful Dead tribute band The Schwag (a.k.a. Dead Ahead). He has played more than 2,500 shows since 1990 featuring the music of Jerry Garcia. He is the owner of Camp Zoe in Salem, Mo., the site of the Schwagstock music festival series.

Pete Lavezzoli – The drummer taught himself to read and play music from age 10, and became a professional drummer and vocalist in his late teens, forming the Grateful Dead tribute band Crazy Fingers. He is a respected music historian with two books to date, both published by Continuum Books of New York & London. “The King of All, Sir Duke” (2001) explores the legacy of Duke Ellington in modern jazz, rock, and R&B music. “The Dawn of Indian Music in the West” (2006) tells the story of Ravi Shankar and Indian music’s impact on rock and jazz.

Shirley Starks and Cheryl Rucker are the singers.

Melvin Seals & JGB played two sold out shows at Mo’s Place last August for the Phish after-parties.

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