Sunshine Garcia Band Rocks Sweetwater Music Hall

imageI'm checking in here about what a great show it was that Sunshine Becker put together August 9th at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA. The show was a benefit for Jerry Day and featured The Sunshine Garcia Band with many special guests.

The band consisted of Danny Eisenberg on keys, Ezra Lipp on drums, Robin Sylvester on bass, Sunshine Becker on vocals, and myself on guitar and vocals. Special guests included David Gans, Amy Berry, Mark Karan, Jessica Fierro, Pete Lavezzoli, Mitch Stein, and Sam Johnstone.

What a night of music it was! The house was packed from the first song to the last, and the energy was flowing in the air.

Thank you so much Sunshine for everything that you do!

The full show is available for download here:

Spirit of '76 & CRYPTICAL in the same week!


CRYPTICALI'm pleased to announce two exciting events that are coming up in the next week...


First off is Spirit of '76 playing on Wednesday August 17th at 8:00pm at The Ashkenaz in Berkeley, CA. We will be joined by members of the China Cats including Michael Owens on drums, Steven Sofranko on keyboards, and Roger Sideman on bass. Also joining the band will be Michael Berry on pedal steel, and Amy Berry on vocals. This will be a really fun show and is not to be missed!


Next, on Friday August 19th at Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastapol, CA, I will be joining CRYPTICAL for the night, along with another special guest, Sunshine Becker, who formerly sang with with Furthur. CRYPTICAL also features Barry Erde on guitar, Mitch Stein on keyboards, Stephen Ramirez on bass, and the talented Mark Corsolini on drums. We will be recreating the legendary setlist from the August 19, 1980 Grateful Dead show at the Uptown Theater in Chicago...hope to see you there!

Please Welcome A Very Special Guest

I am really excited to be presenting a very special guest this summer:

Donna Jean Godchaux

Donna and JerryLast October I was fortunate enough to be part of the music at a fundraiser for the Town Hall Theater in Lafayette, CA. This event was put on by Tom Stack, of Grateful Dead Merchandising, and featured a band of great musicians from around the SF Bay Area. Joining us onstage both nights was Donna Jean Godchaux of the Grateful Dead.

Onstage the chemistry was great, but what was especially cool was getting to know Donna backstage. She is a very soulful person who realizes that the best music is made by cool people, and that the connections made off of the stage shine through in the music.

Donna especially hit it off well with my wife, Denise. With both of them being from the deep South, the conversation quickly turned to old Southern food recipes and different aspects of Southern culture. Denise and Donna kept in touch throughout the rest of the year and I decided to see if Donna would join us this summer for a couple of shows.

As a result, on July 22nd Donna will be singing with Shady Groove at Don Quixotes in Felton, and on July 23rd she will perform with The China Cats at Club Fox in Redwood City. I look forward to seeing everyone out at these fantastic nights of music!!

For more information or to purchase tickets please CLICK HERE.

A Tribute to 1970's Eric Clapton

I'm stoked to be part of a really cool new project involving Sunshine Becker on vocals, myself and Henry Kaiser on guitar, Pete Novembre on bass, and Bret Bailey on drums. We will be exploring the 1970's music of Eric Claptopn with a variety of twists. Come join us for a night of big fun on July 8, 2016 at Don Quixote's in Felton, CA.

Music starts at 8:30 pm.

Tickets for the show are available HERE.

Santa Cruz's Dead Aug 05 2016 Santa Cruz's Dead

August 5th, 2016

Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz



Santa Cruz's Dead is Matt Hartle, Jerry Brown, Arindam Krishna Das, Mark Corsolini, and Roger Sideman. The ensemble will be celebrating the life of Jerry Garcia by performing two sets. The first set will be acoustic followed by an all electric set. Santa Cruz's Dead will be referencing material from the September & October 1980 acoustic/electric shows at the Wafield Theater in San Francisco and Radio City Music Hall in New York. Tickets are $15.



Matt Hartle to guest on KPIG radio show 

Please Stand By

July 3 at 10:00am Matt Hartle & Henry Kaiser

Host: Wallace Baine

Listen in as Henry and I perform live and discuss our upcoming Eric Clapton tribute!