Tuesday Artist Spotlight: John Kadlecik

John Kadlecik

While CEG‘s website is in transition, Sound Fix is partnering with the New York promoter to publish its weekly editorial content. Each week CEG writes about a standout artist in its upcoming calendar of New York concerts, and this week the spotlight is shining on the one-and-only John Kadlecik.

Often regarded as one the best Jerry Garcia tribute musicians to date, John Kadlecik first gained international recognition as a founding member and lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra. Since its inception 20 years ago in 1997, DSO has approached the recreation of the original Grateful Dead experience with assiduous detail and thorough care. Rather than creating their own set lists and concerts from the prolific Grateful Dead catalog, DSO instead selects a specific concert from the nearly 2,500 Grateful Dead performances, presents the complete set list song-by-song and in exact order, and adapts the precise phrasing, voice arrangements and specific musical equipment used for that particular show.

After 12 years with DSO, John Kadlecik was selected to perform with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Jeff Chimenti, Joe Russo, Jay Lane, Sunshine Becker, Zoe Ellis, and Jeff Pehrson in the band Furthur from 2009 – 2014. Furthur was an improvisational jam band that performed music primarily from the Dead’s extensive catalog, as well as some of their own original music and other select covers. When the outfit disbanded in 2014, Kadlecik filled the void of quality Grateful Dead tribute acts by founding the Golden Gate Wingmen, a super group comprised of former Furthur members Kadlecik, Jay Lane, Jeff Chimenti, as well as Reed Mathis of Tea Leaf Green. Golden Gate Wingmen recently completed a string of four Northeast shows in February, performing at notable venues like the Ardmore Music Hall in Pennsylvania (sold out), Baltimore Soundstage, Irving Plaza in NYC, and the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg, PA. Check out our detailed review of their performance at Irving Plaza here.

The John Kadlecik Band‘s lineup has changed a bit over the years, but the current stack is comprised of Kadlecik on guitar and vocals, Klyph Black on bass and vocals, Nathan Graham on drums, and Benjie Porecki on keys. For the upcoming two-night run at American Beauty, however, the one-and-only Jay Lane of Furthur, Golden Gate Wingmen, and Primus will be featured on the drums. With three preceding performances between now and the then at Jerry Jam (7/21), Infinity (7/22) and the Rustic Barn (7/23), the John Kadlecik band will be in top form heading into American Beauty with the addition of Jay on drums. There are naturally so many different decisions to be made after Phish finishes each show during Baker’s Dozen, but it would be hard to pass up on these two John Kadlecik Band After-Parties given the proximity of American Beauty to MSG, as well as the quality of music this band consistently delivers. Grab your passes here, and learn more about each CEG Phish After-Party at phishafterparties.com.

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