King Solomon's Marbles

King Solomon's Marbles


King Solomon’s Marbles is dedicated to paying homage to the extensive catalogue of the Grateful Dead. After 15 years, the Marbles continue to recreate that synergy between band and audience through their own expression of those famous lyrics, the beautiful melodies, and the soul thumping rhythms.


Hailing from Richmond, VA, King Solomon's Marbles is celebrating it's 15th year in 2013. Taking a cue from the Grateful Dead's unique and eclectic style, which fuses elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, country, and jazz, KSM creates their own live performance of Dead tunes, each one unique, resulting in an unforgettable experience for the show-goer, also known as the Deadhead.

At the end of the summer of 1998, Sean Hoppe asked fellow friends and musicians Keith "Chewy" Cable and Tom Crosby if they would be interested in getting together to play a party for a mutual friend. Both agreed, and Tom and Chewy joined Hoppe for an afternoon of fun tunes. During one of their breaks, Hoppe asked them if they would be interested in forming a Grateful Dead band, inviting mutual friend and fine guitarist John Leedes to join them. After a few phone calls, a rehearsal was set, and King Solomon's Marbles was born.

Since both Hoppe and Leedes knew the owner of Cary Street Café (Robyn Chandler), they were able to get a weekday gig to showcase the new band. On November 19th, 1998, KSM performed their first gig to much acclaim...
Terry Hugate started as the soundman, and would occasionally fill in on drums when Chewy couldn't make a gig. Sometimes both would play. When Chewy's personal life prevented him from playing all of the time, Terry stepped in full time. Nathan Brown, veteran of many fine local bands, would also sit in with the band, but soon his other musical commitments prevented him from sticking around full time, so Crosby and Leedes enlisted veteran keys man Joe Conner, whom they had played with in the Gary Gerloff Band.

In October of 2008, at their 10th Anniversary Show at Cary St Café, King Solomon’s Marbles introduced Tina Marie on vocals & percussion, and Mark “Fun Dog” Henderson on drums to replace Chewy, who left to pursue other interests. Later, Terry would also leave the band, making Mark the sole drummer in the band, and today’s KSM lineup was set. Many long-time fans of the band have stated that with this new lineup, King Solomon’s Marbles has never sounded better. They consistently remind Dead heads of the magic that was made on so many stages on so many dates.

King Solomon’s Marbles has been performing regularly at various venues in the Richmond area, primarily at their monthly residency at Cary Street Cafe. They have "closed" many a club, namely the defunct Richmond institutions: Boulevard Deli, Charley's, Jewish Mother, and the Fox & Hound. Other appearances include Alley Katz, The National Theater, opening for the Jerry Garcia Band and Jerry Joseph at the Canal Club, opening for Strange Design at the Hat Factory, as well as numerous private functions, one that included the Grateful Dead's own Tom Constanten (T.C.) jamming with the band back in 2003. Constanten remarked to the guys at the time, "That's the first time I've ever played ‘Jack Straw’ as I'd left the Dead by then…"
Just like the Grateful Dead, you can only know the enchantment of a King Solomon’s Marbles live show by experiencing it for yourself.

Set List

1. Aiko Aiko
2. Alabama Getaway
3. All Over Now
4. Althea
5. Around & Around
6. Bertha
7. Big Railroad Blues
8. Big River
9. Birdsong
10. Black Peter
11. Black Throated Wind
12. Boogie On Reggae Woman
13. Box of Rain
14. Brothers & Sisters
15. Brown Eyed Women
16. Cassidy
17. Casey Jones
18. Catfish John
19. CC Rider
20. China Cat Sunflower
21. Cold Rain & Snow
22. Comes A Time
23. The Core
24. Cumberland Blues
25. Dancin in the Street
26. Dark Hollow
27. Dark Star
28. Deal
29. Dear Prudence
30. Deep Elum Blues
31. Dire Wolf
32. Don’t Ease Me In
33. The Eleven
34. Estimated Prophet
35. Eyes of the World
36. Feel Like a Stranger
37. Fire on the Mountain
38. Foolish Heart
39. Franklin’s Tower
40. Friend of the Devil
41. Get Out of My Life Woman
42. Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
43. Good Lovin
44. Greatest Story
45. Hard to Handle
46. Harder They Come
47. He’s Gone
48. Hell In a Bucket
49. Help On The Way/ Slipknot
50. High Time
51. It’s