Stella Blue’s Band was founded in 2009 to recreate the experience of being at a Grateful Dead show. We were the first band chosen for residency at the Garcia’s bar at the Capitol Theater in Portchester, NY. Garcia’s at The Cap has become the band’s home base, and regularly hosts Stella Weekends and DeadCenter residencies at the East Coast capitol of the Deadhead world. Stella has opened for Santana at Greenwich Town Party, and was a featured band at TheCapToTheCopa series of Futhur aftershows at The Cap. The band plays regularly at Brooklyn Bowl, Mexicali Live, BRYAC,and venues promoted by CEG Presents and Scenic Presents along with several annual festivals. Guitarist Bill Bonacci has made the list of the best guitarists in the jamband world by Aces Back to Back.
SBB features dynamic jams with lots of improvisation fulfilling the musical magic that the Dead achieved. We play tunes from all stages of the Grateful Dead’s 30-yearrun capturing the unique sound and adventurous spirit of the music. With love and reverence for the music, we create that special feeling and community unique to Grateful Dead Shows.
Stella Blue’s Band is Bill Bonacci (lead guitar, vocals), Steve Liesman (rhythm guitar, vocals), Greg Solomon (bass), Ken Aigen (keyboards), Marc Loponte (vocals), Chuck Black (drums) and Ron Cohen (drums) . Our 7-piece line-up with two drummers and strong, soulful vocals with great harmonies separate us from other Grateful Dead bands. With sound and lights, we strive for a 360-degree experience regardless of the size of the venue we play. Like true Deadheads, all the band members are gear fanatics constantly in search of the best possible sound. Our attention to the details of sound and love of the music are apparent from the first note of a SBB show.
Stella Blue’s Band is a band on a mission. Attracting both talented musicians and kind folks, a project born out of love for the music, and jamming for fun, has blossomed into one of the premier Grateful Dead tribute band in the country.