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theCAUSE as The Grateful Dead

theCAUSE is a band consisting of 4 Pittsburgh musicians who have all been around the proverbial block. Playing tunes from Grateful Dead, Phish, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and More, including some very tasty originals, theCAUSE packs a punch while still paying close attention to the delicate touch. The players are Eric “Pappy” Weingrad on guitar and vocals (Double Dose, Pappy’s Blues Junction), David Tauberg on bass and vocals (Powers Run Band, Hard to Handle, Cherylann Hawk), Mike South on drums (Left for Dead, Sticky, Russ Lauf Band) and, joining us in 2008, Pittsburgh blues veteran Jill Paone Simmons brings a whole new dimension to theCAUSE on vocals and continues to rock with us today. Jill also fronts the all-female Dead band Brown Eyed Women . Michael Cerveris is our permanent part time member playing keyboards (when he doesn’t have commitments with his other great band the Sun Champs) with special guests Bill Maruca, Cherylann Hawk and Patrick Higgins.
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