The long, strange trip continues...

est. 1987

An amazing, evolving re-creation of the GRATEFUL DEAD experience

We're grateful to Phish for incredible music Friday night! Thanks to those who helped us flyer!

Cubensis Schedule
"Lord, the band kept us so busy, we forgot about the time..."
This Halloween weekend - Two shows with Moonalice
(Moonalice plays kick-ass psychedelic roots-rock, in case you hadn't heard!)
 Please note -- Due to likelihood of inclement weather (Bob flies himself down), book signing at SoHo - Santa Barbara only
We invite you to meet renown photographer Bob Minkin and acquire a personal signed copy of his new book
"LIVE DEAD, The Grateful Dead Photographed by Bob Minkin"
Halloween Costume Ball with Moonalice
Golden Sails Hotel, Fri Oct 31
6285 Pacific Ghost Hwy, Long Beach
(Please remember that hotel guests still must purchase tickets to Cubensis events)
The ONLY performance of our "mystery album"
Costume contest for best of show
DAY OF THE DEAD! Dia de los Muertos!
SOHO with MOONALICE Sat Nov 1, 9pm $15
1221 State St (upstairs, outdoor patio), Santa Barbara, CA
Presale going fast, CLICK HERE
Update - Bob Minkin book signing of "Live Dead" only in Santa Barbara
Sun Nov 2 - Nate & Craig "the Cubensis II " acoustic Dead at the Salvage Bar,
717 W. 7th St, Los Angeles 4:20pm, no cover
Please note: Whenever we have opening bands, Cubensis performs a massive extra-long set,
which is virtually as much music as two sets because we don't take a break once we start!
Do arrive early for the shows, and enjoy awesome up-and-coming bands handpicked from
the finest performers our Southern California music scene has to offer! This Friday it's MOONALICE!!
We've very proud to be able to showcase our friends and give you a great concert experience!
Just added: The Alpine Camp with Cubensis Fri Nov 7 at Golden Sails, Long Beach 9pm
"Alpine Camp - music created with absolutely no limitations, except one; the music will be played on roots instruments"
Cubensis Friday Nov 14 at Golden Sails Hotel, Long Beach 9:30pm
Special visuals by the Blind Spot Project lightshow
Just added: DPX -The Deep Purple Experience with Cubensis Fri Nov 21 at Golden Sails 9pm
"It's your chance to come and see the NEWEST tribute on the scene, flawlessly performing all the hits"
My Woman from Tokyo, Hush, Perfect Strangers, Smoke on the Water, Highway Star, Burn, etc!
Wild Wednesday! Wild Wednesday! Wild Wednesday! Wild Wednesday! Wild Wednesday! Wild Wednesday !
WEDNESDAY NOV 26! Cubensis at the Golden Sails
This is our Night Before Thanksgiving show,
the biggest drinking night of the year...salute!
T'was the night before Thanksgiving,
and all through the Sails,
Not a creature was sober,
neither female nor male!
The coffee was hot,
(let's avoid any jail)
With the knowledge that Wharf Rats
Soon would prevail!
(No show at Golden Sails Friday Nov 28)
Sunday Nov 30 - Our annual family-style Thanksgiving dinner
and Grateful Dead karaoke benefiting the REX FOUNDATION
Sunday, November 30 at The Mint, 6010 W. Pico, Los Angeles. Doors open 2pm, potluck dinner at 3pm, music at 5pm.
Admission to event is $12 adult, $15 for under-21, small children are free.
For an additional $20 (or more) donation to REX, you can sing or play a song with the band!
Song signup sheet for participants will be posted on the Cubensis Facebook page starting Nov 1.
In addition, enjoy a silent auction of Grateful Dead and Cubensis memorabilia and one-of-a-kind collectables (some priceless).
These exciting and highly desirable items with be on display throughout the event for bidding, with proceeds directly benefitting Rex.
Items include rare backstage passes from 1991 tour donated by Cameron Sears (former GDP President),
and various poster art including an authentic Rick Griffin-designed showbill from 1990 Europe tour valued at $500.
NEW YEARS EVE at the GOLDEN SAILS Crystal Ballroom
with very special guests Quactus
Make your room reservations now!
Early bird tickets available Nov 1
(Please remember that hotel guests still must purchase tickets to Cubensis events)
Coming Spring 2015 -- SHROOMAPALOOZA - outdoor concert/camping experience
Cubensis has been your "Minstrels in the Galaxy" for over 27 years!
And a huge debt of gratitude goes out to our fans, who truly are our friends. You have
all taken time out of your busy lives to dance with us, sing with us and rock with us.
 Your kind words and support are greatly appreciated and we want you to know
that we couldn't do this without you!  But the biggest acknowledgment
 goes out to the Dead for all their songs and magic over the years.
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Facebook comments:
"I strongly encourage folk to check out "Cubensis"...fine musicians, good people, and one of the best Dead tribute bands
on the scene. Jerry was a good friend of mine...he would be proud of these guys." - Pete Sears, Moonalice, Jefferson Starship
"When Jerry died, I stopped listening to music.
Cubensis brought me back, not from the Dead, but to the Dead."
"Come out and experience the band's forte, which lies in its faithful rendering of Grateful Dead material,
both originals and covers, and the Grateful Dead's trademark style of improvisation."
"Thank you so much for an AMAZING show last night! There were some really creative and super funky
new jams like I've never heard before. That Loose Lucy bordered on the surreal!  The energy, cohesiveness,
and exciting sense of musical adventure was just brimming over, and to me is what sets you apart from all the rest.”
"Saturday's Lighthouse show was amazing!! A killer show to the 10th power! Wow, a grate set list and the Boys were on Fire...
the riffs between Craig & Nate were electrifying! The place was packed to the gills.. I am almost surprised we didn't get
shut down..!! it was impossible to move in there...The nice part was all the wonderful people there made
it easy and comfortable to get along with no hassles... we are truly a blessed phamily!"
“I'll be honest with you: I have never been a Deadhead. I have never even considered being a Deadhead.
I never understood the Deadhead phenomenon. I can't imagine why anyone would still be a Deadhead
 years after the band stopped being a band. And yet, I enjoyed the scene at Cubensis.
The music was great and the crowd was mellow. People danced together,
and they danced didn't matter. All that mattered was the music.”
Drummer STEVE HARRIS continues his battle with cancer and will be joining
the band whenever his health allows. Please hold him up in love, prayer and positive thoughts.

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Jam Bands Online interviews Craig Marshall

Click HERE to view over 100 Cubensis videos by song on YouTube

OLD! But not in the way! The Cubensis Vault - archives, past show pictures


The custom guitars played by Cubensis are handcrafted by


Cubensis - Stealing your face since 1987!
Cubensis salutes our audio archivist WAYNE STIELAU, who
has recorded over 700 live Cubensis shows.
Since 1987, Cubensis has played over 3800 shows...and counting!

Links, We Have Hot Links!
New photo shoot courtesy of KLM Studios - click here
Cubensis featured on Rex Foundation website - click here
Blog your face right off your head! - click here
View over 100 Cubensis videos -click here!

A Long Strange Trip Indeed! The History of Cubensis

Proudly supporting the Rex Foundation
Americans for Safe Access


view from behind stage, Lighthouse Cafe, Hermosa Beach - photo by David Gans

The live music archive at, now's the time to check out this incredible resource
for over 20,000 free, high quality (lossless) live recordings from over 1100 bands, now including CUBENSIS--
Available immediately are more than 350 splendid Cubensis shows. Listen to individual songs, or stream the entire show.
The Cubensis database is now searchable! We are continuously adding shows.
(Thanks to audio archivist WAYNE STIELAU for diligent taping and making these shows available)

Cubensis on

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The whole crew L to R - Johnny Murchison (sound), Larry Ryan, Nate LaPointe,
Steve Harris, Cece Sherman, Ed Fletcher, Craig Marshall, Tom Ryan

Cubensis headlines the House of Blues

Crowd shot from the stage, House of Blues Anaheim

Group shot Dec 2013 - Band and crew


"Some ask, why play Grateful Dead music??
For those that know, no answer is necessary,
For those that don't, no answer is possible."


Click for pictures of our celebrity guests--


CUBENSIS celebrates 27 years of love, music and Deadication!


Send an email to anyone in the band. Just click on their names. Cubensis is:

Email Craig Marshall - guitar
Steal Your Facebook:

Email Tom Ryan - keyboards
Check out Tom's Facebook here.

Email Steve Harris - drums
Witness Steve's MySpace here.

Email Nate LaPointe - guitar. Explore Nate's Facebook here.

Email Larry Ryan - bass
View Larry's MySpace here.

Email Ed Fletcher - drums
Locate Ed's MySpace here.



"Cubensis plays with the same laid-back mastery as the Real McCoy" - LA WEEKLY.

Cubensis celebrates the Grateful Dead concert experience.
Like the Dead, the band plays a wondrous amalgam of blues, country, jazz, electronic and rock and roll, all in the space of about three hours
on stage. No two shows are alike. As with all improvisational jambands, every Cubensis performance is an ongoing experiment.
All eras of the Dead are represented, plus selections from the Jerry Garcia Band. Truly, there is nothing like a Cubensis show!!


Here's how the band got started-- Click here.

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© Darrin Brenner-Rolat.

For "help on the way," Cubensis salutes our Deadicated and hardworking crew:
merch lady B.J. Kovach, soundman John Murchison, audio archivist Wayne Stielau,
videographer Tibor "Grunzy" Grunsfeld, road dog John Cripe  plus
countless crew/volunteers/friends over the years. Special thanks to our gifted graphic artist Darrin Brenner.
As always, ultimate props to all the members of the Grateful Dead.

Cubensis commentary: The band plays weekly shows that are sometimes only marginally profitable,
all because we believe in the "community" of Deadheads and getting together regularly.
Please support these shows with your faithful attendance whenever you can!


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