Rachel & The JellyCats burst onto the Virginia scene in 2018. This high-energy quintet has established itself with a stellar live show, a professional attitude, and good old-fashioned hard work.
With influences ranging from Ruthie Foster and Nina Simone to Bill Withers and Amy Winehouse the band draws from the last 100 years of American music and are converting audiences one show at a time. Comparable bands would be: Lake Street Dive, Clairy Brown & The Bangin’ Rackettes, Post Modern Jukebox, Pomplamoose, Horse Feathers, Nouvelle Vogue, and Sister Sparrow to name a few. Rachel & The JellyCats shows are filled with a burlesque-like charm and a soul-like swagger. The band is one-part jazz, one-part, soul, one-part rock and all musical jelly.
Led by the songstress, Rachel Micheletti, the band prides itself on its humble yet complex musicianship and comradery. There’s an honesty to the band’s performance and it comes across as they love what they do, and it shows on stage. Micheletti is all sass and seduction one moment which turns into purrs and growls and whispers and wails the next. Her voice is a complex and flexible instrument comprised of sugar and grit. She is raw power but, yet she retains a sweet innocent weakness that compliments the band’s versatile style and prowess.
The band is currently working on recording original material and gigging as much as possible, hitting festivals, breweries, clubs and holes-in-the-walls where purveyors of good times and good music come together that are seeking unique entertainment.
Together, the group has found the right combination of sweet and sinister, of power and fragility, of new and old and is here to help make the celebration of life a little better.