Melvin Seals & JGB have just announced that the group’s vocalists, Cheryl Rucker and Shirley Starks, will be leaving. In their stead, the band has tapped a pair of new singers, Lady Chi and Sunshine Becker.
In a statement the band noted:
As we push forward and grow as a band, we want to sincerely thank Cheryl Rucker and Shirley Starks for their many years of singing and touring with Melvin Seals and JGB. We, as the Keepers of the Flame, strive to be the greatest band we can be. To best serve Jerry Garcia’s music, and with the fans in our best interest, we’d like to introduce the two ladies that will be taking the reins: Lady Chi and Sunshine (Garcia) Becker. We can’t wait to show you how this lineup sounds on our upcoming tour!
As Rucker and Starks move out of their positions as Melvin Seals & JGB’s longtime vocalist, they are leaving the group in good hands. Becker previously sang with Furthur and Lady Chi has collaborated with acts including P-Funk and Con Brio.
Lady Chi and Sunshine Becker will begin their tenure with Melvin Seals & JGB during the group’s upcoming Run For The Roses Spring Tour, with their first performances falling at the end of this month with two dates in California on February 24th and 25th. For ticketing information, head over to the band’s website here.
Melvin Seals & JGB Run For The Roses Spring Tour:
^3.1.18 The Stone Pony – Asbury Park NJ
^3.2.18 The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
3.3.18 Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe, PA
3.4.18 Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME
3.6.18 The Rusty Nail – Stowe, VT
3.8.18 Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center – Plymouth, NH
> 3.9.18 The Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PA *
3.10.18 The Cabot – Beverly, MA
3.11.18 The Haunt – Ithaca, NY
3.12.18 JCC CenterStage – Rochester, NY
3.13.18 The Rex Theater – PIttsburgh, PA
3.14.18 Woodlands Tavern, Columbus, OH
3.15.18 The Vogue Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
> 3.16.18 Park West – Chicago, IL #
> 3.17.18 Old Rock House – St Louis, MO &
3.18.18 Founders Brewing Co. – Grand Rapids, MI
3.20.18 Salvage Station – Asheville, NC
3.21.18 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
3.22.18 5 Points Music Sanctuary – Roanoke, VA
3.23.18 The Cohoes Music Hall – Cohoes, NY
3.24.18 Rock n Roll Resort – Kerhonkson, NY
^ w/ John Kadlecik – Solo Acousti’Lectric
* w/ Toubab Krewe
# w/ Terrapin Flyer
& w/ The Travelin’ McCourys