Cubensis In The News!

"The final act of the night was headliner Cubensis, a Grateful Dead tribute band, which certainly brought out the modern-day hippies, both young and old. If you closed your eyes and just listened, you'd swear you had been transported back in time." -- Ventura County Star

"BEST PLACE TO CHANNEL JERRY GARCIA -- Huntington Beach on a Tuesday night. I'm not even a fan of the Grateful Dead's music, but I had a flashback listening to the band Cubensis perform at this weekly Dead orgy"
--Barry Koltnow, OC Register

"As the tribute to one of the ultimate jam bands, their set lists are as free and frollicky as the crowd" -- LA Times

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

Say the words "Grateful Dead tribute band" and certain images immediately spring to mind: tie-dyed pants, graying ponytails, hippie sensibilities. While Cubensis boasts many of these obvious earmarks, the quintet also has the goods, not to mention a very serious passion for The Dead. Playing from every era of the Dead's catalog, Cubensis is renown for whipping its faithful crowd into a swirling, psychedelic mass for three hours straight. According to both band and fans, they never play the same show twice; not bad for a group that's logged over 2,000 appearances and averages 200 shows a year. Sure, it might sound a bit silly to rehash a band that was once the crown jewel of the hippie's headband. But if all those Elvis impersonators can get away with it, why can't Cubensis? -- Michael Alarcon, AOL

"I enjoyed the scene at Cubensis. The music was great and the crowd was mellow. People danced together, and they danced alone. It didn't matter. All that mattered was the music. " -- OC Register

It felt like I was in 1969, inside some pub where the Grateful Dead would soon go onstage. Except it was Nov. 5, 2006, and the band about to go onstage was not the Dead—not quite—but rather Cubensis, “Southern California’s #1 Grateful Dead Tribute.” All around stood the band’s loyal fans, some of whom, maybe, have followed Cubensis since the band formed nearly 20 years ago. These people were all so nice and warm-hearted—none of them denied me the chance to photograph them. I felt like part of the family, as if I had been partying with them all along.

I met a Cherokee man named “Chief” who spoke about good times and dancing in the fields. The Irish Deadhead bartender gave us free drinks and sang. And when the band started playing, people started dancing and singing along. Soon, I was too, which resulted in blurry photos but many laughs. It was undoubtedly the happiest night I’ve had at a show in a long time, and that’s not just the hippie in me speaking. -- OC Weekly

The Dead Live On

A Deadhead’s comparison of
Dark Star Orchestra and Cubensis

Ventura County Reporter

Santa Monica Daily News

Review - LA

Joseph Voth interviews Craig Marshall

South Bay Daily Breeze

Craig Marshall interviews Bob Weir of the Dead

Orange County Register