Melvin Seals joined Cats Under the Stars at The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center for a special performance in Plymouth, NH last Friday, March 11th. The evening was a pre-party celebration for the upcoming Jerry Jam Festival to be held in Bath, NH from July 21-24. Cats Under the Stars includes Josh Dobbs on keys, Brian Harris on bass, Zach Nugent on guitar, and Joe Chapman on drums. Joining them for the evening were Heidi Harris and Devin Noel on vocals. The evening opened with a jamming warm-up-the-audience set by Otis Grove, a band from Boston who will also be performing at the summer fest.When Cats took the stage, the audience was brought back to 1964 with a cover Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is to be Loved by You.” Seals’ fingers danced around the keys as the band brought the venue into party mode for the evening. A slow jam created a calm mood as they eased into “He Ain’t Give You None.” The energy quickly picked up as the notes dove into an organ filled, guitar rollin’ “Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox.” Harris slapped out bass tones, dripping of funky vibes, as Chapman kept the beat moving, taking the audience on a wild ride. Nugent’s smooth voice and sleek guitar slid right into “I’ll Take A Melody,” prompting the angelic vocals of Harris and Noel to be brought to the forefront as they filled the spaces with creamy tones. An upbeat “Strugglin’ Man” kept fans grooving with a sunshine-glow summery feel as Dobbs joined in for his first appearance in the set, before progressing into an easy “The Maker.” “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” was crammed with enthusiasm as Nugent took the crowd on an unrestrained trip through the melody. Seals prompted a playful back and forth with the organ and guitar, building the jam into an ever growing bubble of energy that was ready to burst at the seams. The improvisation took off to insane heights as the song progressed midway. The venue was dripping in sweat from the heat being thrown from the musicians. It was one scorching tune that had the audience reacting with whistles and screams of excitement.“Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)” brought the audience down with a chill vibe. Seals’ keys, once again along with Nugent’s crisp guitar, grasped the song with a melancholy tone. “Dear Prudence” brought Dobbs back to the stage, joining on the piano. This spirited melody had the audience participating fully, with lyrics belted out throughout the venue. This extended tune switched fans into high gear during their electrified performance.Instead of having set break, the band continued on for the evening as they transitioned into “Tangled Up in Blue.” “Midnight Moonlight” had the crowd on their feet, with arms in the air, as this song encored the evening. Tie dye shirts and Jerry Jam paraphernalia were in abundance at this pre-Jerry Jam performance. The evening ended on a high note, as festival tickets were given away to a pair of lucky fans.Any chance you get to see Melvin Seals, make a point to go. His magical presence on stage brings a warmth to every performance that sends fans on a trip back in time to the days of Jerry Garcia. Cats Under the Stars have a tight gig in place. Throw Seals into the mix and the music suddenly transports you to another place. What an extraordinary performance to celebrate the kick off for this summer’s upcoming Jerry Jam. For further information about Cats Under the Stars, please visit their official website. You can listen to full audio of the show below, courtesy of Scott Medeiros: Load remaining images Setlist: Cats Under The Stars w/ Melvin Seals at The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center, Plymouth, NH – 3/11/16Set: How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), He Ain’t Give You None, Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox, I’ll Take A Melody, Strugglin’ Man*, The Maker*, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power) > Dear Prudence*, Tangled Up In Blue*>Midnight Moonlight**Josh Dobbs joined on keysAudio by Scott Medeiros. Words by Sarah Bourque, follow on Twitter. Photos by Jeff Urquhart Photography, full gallery below.