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    Melvin Seals and JGB plus special guest John Kadlecik

    March 7 2015


     JGBCapitol Theatre Port Chester NY

    by Bill Morris

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    I only had short notice about this concert in terms of John Kadlecik (Furthur, Golden Gate Wingmen, Dark Star Orchestra, lead guitar and vocals) playing with Melvin, and I decided that it was too good of an offer to pass up. 

    The opening number was “Cats Down Under The Stars.”  It was played to perfection. Shortly before the song was over, I remember thinking how absolutely superb this version was. After the loud applause, I heard people saying that this was a great opening song. The show got better, still.

    Check out the reviews of two nights of Golden Gate Wingmen featuring John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane and Reed Mathis in Long Beach CA February 6 and 7    Night one:   Check out the review of Long Beach night two here!

    I have seen John Kadlecik play at least 15 times in 5 states. He never has a bad night; it’s always a matter of just how good he will play. His greatness is a non-issue. It was a new experience to see him connect with the great Melvin Seals and his band. (Seals and Kadlecik have a history of playing together in the band The Mix almost ten years ago).  

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    The beautiful female harmony singers were influenced by gospel. (Shirley Starks, Cheryl Rucker)  How do I know? I really don’t but, one of them was wearing big cross earrings, which seems like a pretty big clue. Gospel seemed to ring out of their very essence. They sang “Midnight Moonlight” to utter perfection. Melvin and John were superb, and the lyrical message was not to be missed. Again, it got even better.

    They played “Lay Down Sally” which was a mixture of blues, bluegrass and Jerry Garcia. There were hints of “China Cat.” John really took off and the crowd went nuts. When they played “Dear Prudence,” I could not help thinking that I was listening to John’s multiple influences.

    The last number was “Ride the Mighty High.” It was, one of the best songs I have ever heard any band play. One could not escape the profound message; it was tear inducing. I contend that those of us who have been into this great music for just so long have a connection that isn’t readily explained.

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    Very recently Robert Hunter, in an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, was asked to name his favorite lyric ever written. He quoted the line from “Ripple,” “Let it be known, there is a fountain. That was not made, by the hands of men.”  I for one hear this message. A spirituality does clearly exist and it binds us.

    This concert was a wonderful event and a pleasure in the life that I was given. The entire band connected with the audience in a huge way, and vice-verse. I cannot envision any person leaving this show without being touched by the experience. Most of it is on Youtube, do enjoy!!!

     by Bill Morris

    More on John Kadlecik:

    In addition to his stints as a founding member of Dark Star Orchestra, lead guitar and vocals for Furthur and Phil Lesh and Friends, and his newest project, Golden Gate Wingmen, Kadlecik has been doing runs in Washington DC with a band called DC Mystery Cats.  That band is a Jerry Garcia Band tribute, which does interpretive versions of whole JGB shows.  Fall of 2014 saw a very successful run of sold out shows at Gypsy Sally’s in DC, and just this Tuesday was the first of another six pack of Tuesdays at the same venue.  That show was sold out, next week’s is sold out as is the St Pattys Day show, but the remainder of the run remains on sale.

    March 24th onsale DC Mystery Cats  here.   March 31.    April 7  

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    Golden Gate Wingmen is the band that Kadlecik formed recently with Furthur band mates Jay Lane on drums (Primus, Ratdog) and Jeff Chimenti (The Dead, Ratdog, Furthur) plus Reed Mathis on bass (Billy and the Kids, Tea Leaf Green, Jacob Fred’s Jazz Odyssey).  So far they have performed ten shows all in California and Colorado.  The first east coast dates include June 12th at the Cutting Room (tickets on sale FRI March 13th to the general public) and June 13th at Jam Along the Creek festival in Milmont PA and more shows are likely to be announced for that run.  Tickets for Jam Along the Creek are here.

    April 3 and 4, Kadlecik will be joining Box of Rain for shows in Pennsylvania including at the Ardmore Music Hall on April 3rd.  Tickets here.  April 4th is at Santander Performing Arts Center 136 N 6th Street Reading PA 19602 and tickets are available at the center’s box office and at Dragonfly Studio & Gallery and Althea’s Imaginarium.  Kadlecik will be doing an opening electro-coustic set which will be followed by Box of Rain who specialize in recreating the music of the Grateful Dead’s earliest period, 1965- 1974.  

     

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    Be sure to check out this week’s featured show, DEADBEAT at the Brighton Music Hall, previewed here.

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