Circles Around the Sun

Los Angeles-based instrumental supergroup Circles Around the Sun is a contemporary instrumental rock band, initially formed with the purpose of creating music for “Fare Thee Well”, a series of reunion concerts played by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead. Those shows celebrated the band’s 50th anniversary and served as their official send-off, while Circles Around the Sun was designed to reflect the Dead's overall spacy and groove-laden feel. After the tour, the group released a self-titled album from the Fare Thee Well gigs, supporting the record with their own road trip. The response was so positive that they continued on with a follow-up project, Let It Wander, in 2018.  This record was less influenced by the Dead and more free-form, delivering on the roots influence of jazz-funk, soul, and fusion. The band underwent a fundamental transition in 2019. After completing the Meets Joe Russo EP and a third album, their guitarist Neal Casal committed suicide on August 26, 2019. He left his bandmates a note asking for them to continue in his absence – to continue recording, touring, and playing together. The band decided to carry on with a rotating cast of guitarists, landing on John Lee Shannon as the permanent replacement.

In this metamorphosis, Circles Around the Sun spans both heartbreak and hope. Doors close; windows open; new directions extend themselves in mysterious ways. But sometimes you know it’s real from the first beat. It just clicks. It’s just how Neal would want it. It’s Circles Around The Sun.

Past Shows


Mar
24
th
2024
Turf Club
Mar
15
th
2023
Turf Club
Mar
15
th
2023
Turf Club

Circles Around the Sun

with Jenny O.
Mar
24
th
2022
Turf Club
Mar
24
th
2022
Turf Club

Circles Around the Sun

with Mikaela Davis
Jun
16
th
2019
Turf Club
Jun
16
th
2019
Turf Club

More Shows

Jun
25
th
7th St Entry

Barely Trev

with Chase Elliott and Izek Rose
Jun
16
th
Turf Club

Emily Nenni

Jun
12
th
Turf Club

Arkansauce

Aug
6
th
7th St Entry

Shallow Alcove

with Hana Eid