Funky Americana dance jams ~ happy feet ~ spirit lifting ~ revelry
The Puffball Collective Features: Doug Dirt (The Banana Slug String Band, Slugs and Roses), Lachlann Kane (Rosebud, D.B. Walker, Edge of the West Band), Marc Sveen (Velour), Paul Garcia (Banana Slug String Band, Brotherhood of Freaks), Freddie Rodriguez (Rosebud, Redwood Express) David Hunt Cameron (Fat Grass Corduroy) and a collective collection of talented kick ass musical merry makers!
Based out of Santa Cruz, California, The Puffball Collective consistently performs extended musical journeys crafted to lift you up. We present this music to scintillate your souls, soar your spirits, groove your bodies, and bounce your booties, sending all to “Higher Ground”🎶 "We’ll take you there"🎶 by performing the kickin' music of The Allman Brothers, The new Mastersounds, The Grateful Dead, Peter Rowan, Puffball'ized Bob Dylan, Sly Stone, Billy Preston, The Band, & The Beatles! The Puffball Collective also features an amazing catalogue of original compositions ranging from acid jazz to freaky funk, Americana to bluegrass, rock~a~billy to sweet soul, and blues to psychedelic rockers”.
Bass, vocals / Doug Dirt
Guitar, vocals / David Cameron
Guitar, vocals / Marc Sveen
Keys, vocals / Lachlann Kane
Drums / Paul Garcia
Percussion / Warren Charles Jones
Doug "Dirt" Greenfield: Bass, Vocals
Doug "Dirt" Greenfield is a bassist, singer , dancer and provocateur of joyful noise. Performs in the Banana Slug String Band (31 years), Slugs and Roses(10 years) , & The Intangibillies (5 years)! He has gathered this de-light-full musical collective to help all to reach their highest puffball dancing potential. Doug is the heart and founder of the Puffball Collective.
David Cameron: Guitar, Vocals
David Cameron is a guitarist, composer and educator who recently returned to his native Bay Area after living, working and playing in SE Asia for over a decade. While overseas, David formed the bands Lemongrass and Dhoopstick and toured throughout the region. David is a passionate music educator with hot guitar chops who plays it all from funk to rock to jazz. Best of all, he’s outrageously happy to be part of the Puffball Dance Collective!
Marc Sveen: Guitar, Vocals
Marc Sveen is a seasoned guitarist and audio engineer, he’s been gigging in the music business for over 25 years. His playing is a blended concoction of his formative years in the 70' and 80's, his teen years of punk and folk, his college years of funk, R&B, and the Grateful Dead, his festival days of bluegrass snd jam bands, and his trained ear as a sound engineer. He brings chordal color, pocket drive and an eclectic ambience to all his musical endeavors.
￼Lachlann Kane: Keyboards, Vocals.
Lachlann’s piano style (think Leon Russel and Jerry Lee Lewis) and organ style ( think Garth Hudson) make him a great addition to any rock band.
And the high vocal harmonies are a PLUS! The Santa Cruz native plays with Jim Lewin’s Edge of the West, as well as Scott Cooper’s Barrelmakers and the DB Walker Blues Band.
Paul Garcia: Drums
Paul is living the dream behind his vintage Slingerland drums. Hailing from the rich Southern California music scene, Paul's first bands tended toward the punk/surf variety. Paul's diverse musical tastes pretty much run the entire gamut of the music spectrum, with a specific affinity for the music of the Grateful Dead. After moving to Monterey in 1997 Paul worked with the Santa Cruz based band Phicus for a number of years. Eventually settling near the beach in Santa Cruz, a wide range of musical opportunities have kept him very busy doing what he loves, simply making great music with great people. Paul turns up on the drum chair for such diverse bands as the Banana Slug String Band (doing kids 'edutainment' music) and plays straight-up Grateful Dead tunes with Slugs and Roses and Spirit of ‘76. Paul has also branched into the bluegrass-tinged hybrid styling of Groove Grass and the Intangibillies and Americana with Amee Chapman & the Velvet Tumbleweeds and also West by Southwest.
Warren Jones: Conga, Washboard, Spoken Words
As the most recent member of the band to move to the Santa Cruz area Warren is grateful to have connected with the great group of guys that make up The Puffball Collective. If he can clang, scrape, thump, or shake it then he probably plays it. Bringing a rich background of musical experience from a lifetime of playing with different bands means the percussion meshes and grooves and pops. Musical influences include whatever he’s listening to at the moment plus the sounds of the world around him plus the vibe of the room. When he’s not “Puffballing” he plays with The California Honeydrops, Zorelli, Sometimes Warren, The Jones Reclamation Project & other various groups.