Raising The Dead

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Raising The Dead
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Background Information


Allen Park

Yeears Active

2017 - Present


Grateful Dead Tribute Band





Bill Butler - Bass, Vocals
Max Katz - Keyboards
Michael Lang - Drums
Dave Martin - Guitar, Vocals
Jake Vasquez - Lead Guitar


For over 50 years, the music of the Dead has enchanted audiences from San Francisco to Egypt, Denmark to Detroit. Raising The Dead is an ensemble of professional musicians recreating the energy, harmony, and intricate arrangements of the original jam band. The music spans styles including country, blues, rock, R & B, and bluegrass, accented by covers of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Merle Haggard, and more. Raising The Dead shows feature an ideal balance of tribute and original interpretation, with the perfect feel and flow to keep the audience on the dance floor all night.


Bill Butler

Bass and Vocals

Photo: Kristen Hornbeck

Bill started playing the bass guitar professionally at the age of 15, and has made a career of it. Some of the local acts he's played in include Willie and the Whitewalls, Knockout, and Midnight Blue. Bill was the original bassist for The Killer Flamingos. He first became a big fan of west coast bands, especially the Grateful Dead, back in high school. He decided to put this band together to have fun and recreate the feeling of being at a Dead concert.


Max Katz


Photo: Kristen Hornbeck

Max started playing piano at the age of 9 and studied music at Purdue University. He was a member of the touring band Somebody from 1998 to 2000, and has played in various rock and jazz groups before and since. His musical influences include Chick Corea, Brent Mydland and Duke Ellington. His love for the Grateful Dead and their music was realized upon seeing them in concert in 1995. ​


Michael Lang


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Michael has been playing the drums for quite a long time, last performing with a popular Michigan-based Pink Floyd tribute called Echoes of Pink Floyd. Some of Michael’s drumming influences are Elvin Jones, Jeff Porcaro, Billy and Mickey, Bill Bruford and Alan White, Bernard Purdie, (the end is listless) and John Bonham. Michael brings a solid groove and danceable beats, getting people moving to the music.


Dave Martin

Guitar and Vocals

Photo: Kristen Hornbeck

Dave Martin has taught middle school choir in Taylor, MI for over 20 years. Dave performs with The Classics, The Bel Airs, and various rock and jazz ensembles throughout Detroit. The Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church Band has published two albums of his original worship songs. In 2012, Dave was named the Southern Great Lakes Symphony's Downriver Idol. Dave showcases his performances and compositions at shinyheadmusic.com


Jake Vasquez

Lead Guitar

Photo: Times-Herlad

Jake started playing the guitar at the age of ten, inspired by his older brother and father. 15 years later his passion for the instrument still shows every time he picks it up. Jake's style is influenced by his musical heroes, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Satriani, and Jerry Garcia.



External Links

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