Rachel & The JellyCats popped 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, Nouvelle Vogue, and Sister Sparrow. 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.
The band prides itself on its humble musicianship and comradery as there’s an honesty to the band’s performance and it comes across as they love what they do when they're on stage. Rachel Micheletti is all sass and seduction one moment which turns into purrs and growls and whispers and wails the next. Her voice is a flexible instrument comprised of sugar and grit. She is raw power but retains a sweet innocent weakness that compliments the band’s versatile style and prowess. The band produced a 5 song song-titled EP and are gigging as much as possible, hitting festivals, breweries, clubs, bars, hole-in-the-walls, weddings, and where ever 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 sass, of power and fragility, of new and old and is here to help make the celebration of life a little better.
2022 Veer Magazine EP of The Year Award Winner
2022 Veer Magazine Song of The Year Award Nominee
2022 Veer Magazine Retro Band of The Year Nominee
2019 OutLife757 Magazine Best Band of The Year Winner
2023 OutLife757 Magazine Best Band of The Year Winner