Dough Knees is a Grateful Dead cover band comprised of veterans of the Bay Area jam band scene. Unlike some "tribute" band who dress the part and take it to creepy obsessive levels, Dough Knees simply plays the music as the Dead would have, which is to say it will be different every night but it will always sound like the Dead. The band doesn't try to mimic Bob Weir's gestures or grow their hair and beard to look like Garcia, but they do try to sound like the Dead . and do an amazing job of it. Dough Knee's choice of material spans the Dead's entire career including vintage gems such as "China Cat Sunflower" and "Casey Jones," epic masterpieces like "Terrapin Station" and "Eyes of the World," as well as latter day nuggets including "So Many Roads" and "West LA Fadeaway."
Members of the band have worked with members of Phil & Friends, Galactic, the Jerry Garcia Band, Phish, Frank Zappa's Mothers,the Dixie Dregs, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Jefferson Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Doobie Brothers, the David Grisman Quintet, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and many others.
"Dough Knees actually do the legacy proud. . Instead of trying to attempt note-for-note re-enactments, Dough Knees evoke the spirit of the Dead through limber jams potent enough to give even the sober a contact high." - santacruz.com
"The authenticity's in the sound for this local band that plays the music of the Grateful Dead. cover songs from across the Dead's spectrum with extended jams and a sense of spontaneity that ensures every show offers something different."-- Santa Cruz Sentinel