A Grateful Dead Tribute serving MD, DC, VA, WV and Furthur since 2002... Come join the party
Marty Pell Keyboards and vocals
Marty Pell has been playing the music of the Grateful Dead for over 40 years, and has been a member of On The Bus since 2007. His roots run deep in the music of the 60’s – rock and roll as well as jazz and blues. In San Francisco, he was a founding member of the legendary Fallen Angel, and played in many other projects as well, including world beat bands Unruly World and The Rhyth-o-matics. He also helped form the seminal acid jazz fusion group, Periphery, in New Jersey in 1978, before moving the whole band to San Francisco the following year.
Marty is an experienced engineer as well as a musician and has played and recorded with many bands and projects in studios on both coasts, most recently here in the DC area. His fiery solos and tasteful accompaniments on the organ and piano lend spirit and depth to any project he’s involved with. As a member of On the Bus, his piano playing recalls the technical proficiency and jazz influences of Keith Godchaux while his organ playing brings to mind the emotional intensity of Dead founding member Ron “Pigpen” McKernan and the musical complexities of ‘80s keyboardist, Brent Mydland. Marty is a driving force in On The Bus when it comes to keeping the music authentically “Dead-like” and musically accurate. Besides On the Bus, Marty also plays in Elikeh, a Wammy-award winning DC-based Afro-pop band, and National Wake, the legendary South African "Punk" Band that helped change the fate of a nation.
Marty's usual stage setup includes a Yamaha CP-33 digital stage piano and a Hammond XK-1 organ channeled through an Allen and Heath ZED-10 mixer and a QSC K10 powered monitor.
Just as symphony orchestras pay tribute to classical composers, Grateful Dead tribute bands around the globe help keep the spirit, vibe and community of the Dead alive and thriving... On the Bus has been paying tribute to the Dead since 2002 playing festivals, clubs, parties, benefits and weddings in DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Furthur! ~ On the Bus ~ Grateful Dead done right! All Rights Reserved ~ Copyright 2012 (~);}