The John K. Experience
Last night I was fortunate to make it out in the bitter cold to see a rare Tuesday night show at the Aggie. The group performing was the John Kadlecik Band, a wonderful collection of talented musicians with years of experience playing the music of one of my favorite bands, the Grateful Dead. Before attending this show, I was familiar with John K. because of his work with Grateful Dead cover groups Further and Dark Star Orchestra in the past. During his time with Further, he played with the music legends Bob Weir and Phil Lesh. I did some more research on his history as a musician and according to his bio on his website, he has been playing in improv groups since the late ’80s and touring around the country for the last 20 years. This show was the first time I have seen him perform with his band.
Although it was a Tuesday and very cold out, there were still far fewer people at this show than I was expecting. It made for an intimate listening experience and made it feel like a private show in a way. The band started out with a cover of the George Harrison song “Any Road.” They followed this with an excellent string of Dead tunes that included “They Love Each Other,” “The Business,” and “Ramble on Rose.” John K. and his band closed the set with a beautiful rendition of one of my top Dead songs “Cassidy” and transitioned smoothly into a jammed-out version of “Box of Rain.” This first set was well constructed and had a great selection of songs that fit nicely together.
Set two was even more Dead heavy with a killer opening “Sugar Magnolia” that flowed into a groovy “Sugaree.” Things got characteristically dark and bizarre in a spacey and otherworldly version of the classic “Dark Star.” In a moment of brilliance, John K. guides us out from the fog and confusion and pulls us back to earth by leading into the opening chords of “Stella Blue.” This had to have been the best part of the show for me. Putting these two songs together evoked a classic Grateful Dead sound. Images of the full sets can be seen below.
I Will Get By
Getting to hear the music of the Grateful Dead is so uplifting for me and it brings new feelings of inspiration, confidence, and optimism to my life. I’m very grateful to have been able to attend this show and to have gotten my necessary dose of the Dead. While I would love to share my personal audio recordings of parts of the show, I am unable to because it requires a premium plan. Instead, I have provided a link to a recent show I found on YouTube. All the credit goes to the user who uploaded it: gerryjdvideo
For more information about the band, here is a link to the JKB Website: http://www.johnkmusic.net/
I’ll be back again soon with more music news and topics! Until next week, happy jamming Phriends!