The China Cats were originally formed in Santa Cruz, CA in 2008 as the band Dough Knees and included Scott Cooper, Roger Sideman, Theo Winston, Steve Sofranko, and Justin Christensen, all talented musicians who simply wanted to play some of their favorite music. The band's earliest gigs were at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz and Henflings Roadhouse in Ben Lomond. In 2009 Pat Blizinski took over on keyboards, while Sofranko went on hiatus, and Mike Owens took over on drums and the band rechristened itself The China Cats. In 2010 Winston and Blizinski departed the band and The China Cats current lineup performed publically for the first time on March 27, 2010 at the Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz, CA with Steve Sofranko rejoining them on keyboards and with the addition of Matt Hartle. Since then The China Cats have played steadily throughout Northern California, building a loyal following and establishing themselves as NorCal's premier Grateful Dead tribute band.

Members of The China Cats are: Matt Hartle (lead guitar and vocals); Mike Owens (drums); Roger Sideman (bass); Scott Cooper (rhythm guitar and vocals); Steven Sofranko (keyboard and vocals). Visit The China Cats official website at:

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