Cubensis Keeps the Dead Alive in Long Beach – California News

Cubensis Keeps the Dead Alive in Long Beach – California News

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 7:48 a.m.

Shawn Cunnane (left) and Craig Marshall of Cubensis.

Scott Feinblatt

Golden Sails Hotel

The PCH club bar, at the Best Western Golden Sails Hotel, was sparsely occupied by just over a dozen people as the evening of classic rock worship led by Cubensis began last Friday.
Local progressive rock band Legacy started the entertainment at 9:15 pm. Their performances of Yes, Rush, and Pink Floyd tunes quickly gained the rapt attention of those that had been in attendance as well as that of the throngs of people who had gradually started to pack the place. By the time the band performed an impressive rendition of Rush’s “Red Barchetta,” there were around a hundred people in the bar. When they wrapped their set with a fun, prolonged jam on Yes’s “Starship Trooper,” about an hour later, those hundred people had probably doubled. It took about an hour after that for headliners Cubensis to get fired up, but the experience was well worth the wait.

It was about ten after eleven when the renowned SoCal Grateful Dead tribute band launched into “Jack Straw,” and for the following two hours and twenty minutes, the band would have everyone in the bar, guests as well as security guards and bartenders, swinging to terrific performances of the groovy tunes of the Grateful Dead. The first set continued with some pretty amazing jams, including: “China Cat Sunflower / I Know You Rider,” “Truckin’,” “Tennessee Jed,” and “Bertha.” Nate LaPointe, who essentially plays the Bob Weir guitar role in Cubensis, was replaced by Shawn Cunnane for this…

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