The John Kadlecik Band Woodlands Tavern Columbus OH May 19 2016 by Jack Jolieri of Rubix Wheel
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I got there early enough to set up my taping equipment and mingle with the kind folks at the venue. The first set was great, a scorcher just as much as the second set. The band came out swinging, sounding tighter than ever. The first thing I noticed was that Todd Stoops (Raq, Kung Fu) was playing keys. Cleaning Windows, a Van Morrison tune, was the opener, sounding natural and clean. Golden Wings was next (a John Kadlecik original), and that was a great song as well. They Love Each Other came in third, and the audience was really into it by then. Good Shepherd, a Jefferson Airplane song, was played fourth, much to my delight. That song’s vocals are held down by bassist Klyph Black (Zen Tricksters, Jam Stampede). I’d heard it before and knew all the lyrics, but had never seen a band perform it live. An upbeat, somewhat fast Sugaree followed Good Shepherd, and people were singing along enjoying themselves. Upon the Lowland Sea was next, and I really enjoyed this one. John reached all the high notes in the song, singing like a sailor about the Sea. This song is as old as the hills, but made into a modern John Kadlecik Band song. Crazy Fingers and Train to Cry were the closers of the first set, played superbly by a top notch band.