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  • John K. Band at Quixotes True Blue Denver was a far out west good time (photos/video)

    By C. Alan Crandall

    John K. Band
    John K. Band

    Dark Star Orchestra co-founder and Furthur guitarist/vocalist John Kadlecik brought his band the John K. Band the farthest west they have ever performed for a set of three shows at Denver’s Quixotes True Blue in June.

    The Quixotes event was a three day party with bands both inside and outside on the porch called “Owsley’s.”

    Melvin Seals

    For the first two nights inside the club the band Imagine, featuring Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band and Ray White of the “Mothers of Invention,” warmed up the audience with some fantastic jams and grooves.  It was a real joy to watch the rock veterans Seals and White play with the band and if you weren’t careful you would wander out side to Owsley’s and soon find yourself grooving to the tunes of Larkin Poe.  This Atlanta, Georgia  folk rock, acoustic R&B band fronted by sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell is fun and captivating.  Another band, Spoonfed Tribe followed Larkin Poe on the outside stage.  It was great to have a mini festival all in one place.  Once the John K. Band hit the stage however, it was the focus of most of the club attendees.

    Larkin Poe

    Back east the  John K. Band, created shortly after Kadlecik left DSO and began touring with Furthur, has a good following.   A quick search on You Tube will reveal a number of videos of those shows and now of the Quixotes’ concerts also.   If you watch any of these videos you will soon realize that a John K. Band show is a treat and loaded with fun.  The Quixotes shows June 8th-10th, were just those type of shows maybe  even elevated a bit.  The band had traveled all the way to Denver and only the dedicated fans of Kadleck or the regular fans of Quixotes were the wiser.  The event felt like a private party that you  had invited all of your friends and rainbow family to attend.  Everyone was smiling, dancing and enjoying the great jams.

    John K. Band with Pete Wall and Ray White

    The three day trip culminated with Sunday’s performance by the John K. Band on the outdoor stage at Owsley’s.  This show seemed even more like a private show with the band spending breaks with the audience posing for photographs and signing autographs.   The outside at Quixotes is unique in offering a cool variety of hangouts,  an outdoor grill and cash bar in a relatively small area.  You could dance in the sun, eat in the shade all while grooving to songs like; Bird Song, Hey Pocky Way and Not Fade Away.

    The experience of seeing the John K. Band in action at Quixotes has solidifed my resolve.  I plan to check out JKB anytime they are in town.

    On another note: if your are looking for a fun 4 of July you are in luck.  Quixotes True Blue is hosting a 2 day music festival.  The venue is planing a 3 & 4th of July festival called “Dancin in the streets” with the addition of an outdoor stage and a bunch of bands, patrons will be treated to over 20 performances by bands like: Smooth Money Gesture, the Grant Farm, Poor Mans Whiskey, the Jerry Garcia Band with Melvin Seals, Imagine and Cornmeal, who will play both nights.  For more information visit www.quixotes.com.

     Setlist courtesy of John Kadlecik’s Facebook page:

    John K. Band setlist 6/8/12
    Quixote’s True Blue Denver, CO

    1: Nobody Told Me, What’s Become of Mary, Seen Love, TWLWMYD*, TLEO*, American Spring> It’s Alright, Everybody’s Tryin’*

    2: Second That Emotion*>The Wedge*, Sister Smiles, Desert Trance, Way to Go Home, Mama Help Me, Walking in Your Footsteps>YMMV>Page 43, Will It Go Round In Circles

    John K. Band with Melvin Seals

    E: Good Night Irene
    * – with Paul Murin on guitar

    John K. Band setlist 6/9/12
    Quixote’s True Blue Denver, CO
    w/ special guest Pete Wall on saxophone entire show

    1: Life is a Carnival, Givin’ Me the Business*, Sister Smiles*, After Midnight%, How Sweet It Is%, Wot’s… uh the Deal, Dream #11@, Man Smart Woman Smarter

    2: Feel Like Dynamite, Bean-O, What’s Become of Mary, Stir It Up, New Physics Rant>Outa Space>Free>So Many Roads, Complicated

    E: Three Little Birds>Sisters & Brothers

    Justin Jones

    * – w/ Melvin Seals on Hammond organ
    % – w/ Melvin Seals on Hammond organ & Ray White on guitar
    @ – w/ Indi Riverflow poetry reading

    John K. Band setlist 6/10/12
    Quixote’s True Blue Denver, CO

    1: One Too Many Mornings, Harder They Come*, Seen Love*, Bird Song*, Dweller on the Threshold*, Fast Enough for You*, Any Road>Fire on the Mountain>Any Road*

    2: Good Guys & Bad Guys*, Also Sprach Zarathustra*, Cleaning Windows*, Russian Lullaby, Get Out of My Life*, Lazy River Road*, Desert Trance, Hey Pocky Way*, It’s Alright, Walls of Time*, Not Fade Away*

    E: Sing Me Back Home
    * w/ Justin Jones on saxophone

    John K. Band
    Larry Joseloff

    Katy Gaughan

     

    Check out this great grab of Also Sprach Zarathustra* by :


  • The John K. Band to play three night run at Quixote’s True Blue

    Photos by Gabriel Jones

    John Kadlecik

    Born during the Summer of Love, Furthur guitarist/vocalist and co-founder of the Dark Star Orchestra John Kadlecik has spent much of his life dedicated to music. In school Kadlecik started with the study of classical violin, soon caught the rock-n-roll bug and picked up the guitar and mandolin. His Midwest upbringing landed him in Chicago as a young adult playing in many different bands. After a short stint in college he was introduced to the music of the Grateful Dead and the rest, as they say, is history.

    John K. Band

    While touring with DSO for nearly 12 years Kadlecik picked up the reputation as an amazing guitarist/vocalist and DSO shows sold out regularly around the nation. During this time he also played numerous other bands including a bluegrass band. The Mix with Melvin Seals was maybe his most notable side project, scoring a record contract and touring nationally in 2004. In 2009 Kadlecik scored the guitar vocal position in the former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh’s new band called Furthur.

    John K. Band

    It was at this point that the John K. Band was formed. Playing mostly in the Washington DC area the idea was to “go to a gig, play a concert and that night sleep in my own bed,” said Kadlecik. The John K. Band has a large following back east. They have a rainbow panted VW micro-tour-bus and can regularly be found playing events and shows in the area. A quick YouTube search will reveal dozens of videos of the band lead by who many describe as a really nice guy and very talented musician.

    John K. Band

    The John K. Band will be performing in Denver starting tonight at Quixote’s True Blue. This is the first opportunity for Colorado fans to catch a band that many back east already know not to miss. For more information visit www.johnkmusic.net.

    A special thanks to  Gabriel Jones for the photos in this post.