Steven Sofranko: keyboards and vocals
Steven Sofranko plays organ and piano with China Cats. Steve is a veteran of the NorCal jamband scene; he played with Burnt Toast (later MojoHana) in Lake Tahoe in the early 90s - highlights of his tenure with that band include opening for the Jerry Garcia Band at CalExpo and at the Warfield. Also played with the Jah Dogs in Lake Tahoe. After moving to Sonoma County, Steve was a founding member of Zig, and also played with Animal Farm and Noodle, before relocating to Santa Cruz. In Santa Cruz, Steve has been a member of Shady Groove, the Matt Hartle Band, the Gary Gates Band, Time Loves a Hero, the Wheel Co Tribute House Band, Spirit of '76 and many others, and is a frequent guest of Stu Allen & Mars Hotel. Steve was a founding member of Dough Knees, and rejoined the band (as the China Cats) in 2010.
Steve currently plays a Nord Stage 88 and a Hammond XK-2 through a vintage Leslie 142 speaker cabinet.