Moes Alley Santa Cruz Nightclub
Achilles Wheel + China Cats
Appearing Live at Moes Alley
Thursday, March 8th
CD Release Celebration - Double Bill Dance Party
8:30 PM, Doors Open 8:00 PM, $12 Advance, $15 Day Of Show,

Eat At Moe's

Achilles Wheel make there long awaited return to Moe's Alley for a CD Release Celebration.  This will be a special double bill with China Cats playing first starting at 8:30pm.

Achilles Wheel is a California based rock and roll band that blurs the lines between genres and fuses an infectious blend of Roots and World Music Rockadelia.

Their sound comes across as both Old School and New School and is riddled with great songwriting. The one thing that rises to the surface as you get to know this band is that supporting the benefit of our human condition is foremost in their work. They play hard as a way to break down walls and celebrate life. The idealism that they embraced as younger men has not diminished in the harsh light of the modern world as we struggle to live freely and have a good time, and in the end, hopefully matter. Achilles Wheel fearlessly sings out to these times.

With the release of their third studio recording, ‘Devil In The Yard’, Achilles Wheel is also waving the flag for Ben Jacobs (Poor Man’s Whiskey, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Rusty Stringfield), who came to the AW studio in Nevada City to record a couple of songs, but after playing on every track he left as the new Achilles Wheel keys man. He joins Jonny Mojo Flores on lead guitar and vocals, Paul Kamm on guitar and vocals, Shelby Snow on bass and vocals, Mark McCartney on drums and vocals and Gary Campus on drums and percussion.


The China Cats were formed in Santa Cruz, CA in 2008 as the band "Dough Knees" by Scott Cooper, Roger Sideman, Steve Sofranko, Theo Winston, and Justin Christensen, talented musicians who wanted to play some of our favorite music.  Earliest gigs were at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz and Henflings Roadhouse in Ben Lomond.  In 2009, the band rechristened itself the China Cats.  In 2010, Matt Hartle took over on lead guitar, and Michael Owens took the drum chair, and the current lineup performed its first gig on March 27, 2010 at the Catalyst.  Since that time, the China Cats have played throughout Northern California, establishing themselves as NorCal's premier Grateful Dead tribute band.

Additionally, we've put on shows with many guest musicians, including: Donna Jean Godchaux, Melvin Seals, Burt Lewis, Sunshine Becker, Paul Garcia, Bret Bailey, Jeff Faust, Amy Gabel Berry, Mike Meagher, Rob Wenig, Paige Clem, Neil Hampton, Dave Faulkner, Andy Birchett, Mark Corsolini, Keith Graves, Jimmy Hubbard, Jim Lewin, Will McCosker, and Jerry Brown .

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