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Jerry Garcia Birthday Celebration w/ John Kadlecik & The DC Mystery Cats
Saturday 08/01
Jerry Garcia Birthday Celebration w/ John Kadlecik & The DC Mystery Cats @ The Howard Theatre
$20 / $25
John Kadlecik was born on June 28, 1969 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. His father a city manager, and his mother an artist, John's family moved every few years, and he grew up in several mid-western towns. Omaha, Nebraska; Cincinnati, Ohio; and then, in Davenport, Iowa at the age of nine, John began to study classical violin. Moving to Palatine, Illinois in the Chicago suburbs at the beginning of his high school years, John caught the rock-n-roll bug, and, on a quest to understand improvisation, began teaching himself guitar and mandolin. While still in high school, John played guitar in several bands, covering a broad spectrum of American and British "guitar rock" as well as writing songs and learning the rudiments of multi-track recording. John flirted briefly with college life, going to William Rainey Harper College as a classical guitar music major. But, he began living on his own, and found work, school, and his own local bands to be too much on his plate. It was during this time that a friend turned John onto the Grateful Dead. He fell in love instantly, and, shortly thereafter, dropped out of college. By this time, however, John was already playing out a few times a year, anywhere an underage musician could find a gig, and Chicago would be where he called home for the next fifteen years of his life. Once he turned twenty-one, John began playing regularly with several local and regional groups, most notably Hairball Willie and Uncle John's Band. While most of the bands he played with wrote their own music, in 1997 John co-founded the group, Dark Star Orchestra, a band exclusively devoted to playing the well-documented actual setlists of the Grateful Dead. Originally started as a side-project house band for some of the best local deadhead musicians, "DSO" rapidly became a nationally touring band, attracting many guests to join them onstage, including John Fishman, Mike Gordon, Sam Bush, Jorma Kaukonen John Popper, Sanjay Mishra, Tom Constanten, Vince Welnick, Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir to name a few. While spending the better part of twelve years of his life touring with DSO, John also found time for other musical projects, both live and studio. A bluegrass band, numerous short-lived original groups, and then in 2003 John began playing sporadically with Melvin Seals. Out of those shows came a group with Melvin called The Mix, also featuring Greg Anton, Jeff Pevar, and Kevin Rosen. The Mix toured nationally and went on to sign a recording contract, releasing a full length CD in 2004 titled, American Spring, but eventually disbanded for lack time in everyone's schedule to tour. And then, of course, in 2009 John departed from Dark Star Orchestra to join Furthur. John now lives near Washington, DC with his wife, Katy Gaughan, and, when not on the road with Furthur, performs in the DC area with the newly formed and simply named John K Band, as well as solo acoustic and special guest appearances.
Bomba Estereo
Saturday 07/25
Bomba Estereo @ The Howard Theatre
$20 / $23
Bomba Estéreo started in Bogotá Colombia in 2005, as a project led by Simón Mejía, musician and visual artist, in collaboration with other musicians, DJs and video artists. A year later, the band released their first album called Vol. 1, which included the participation of Li Saumet singing in some of the tracks. One of the tracks included in this album was Corinto, which later would become one of the biggest hits of Bomba Estéreo, Fuego. In 2007 after recognition for the innovative concept of the band, Simón and Li decided to integrate two new musicians in the band: Kike Egurrola on drums and percussion, and Julián Salazar on guitar and machines. Together, they came to build a band of a unique musical genre, that would later be baptized by the media as Psychedelic Cumbia. Estalla / Blow Up, the second Bomba Estéreo album, is released in 2008, which led them to win international recognition through their extensive touring. Its live show and eclectic music took the group to perform a tour of over 100 dates across Europe, Latin America and USA, in addition to arriving for the first time to Asia (China and Japan) and Africa. In 2010 Bomba Estéreo is named “Best New Band in the World” by MTV’s Iggy and its single Fuego was used as soundtrack for TV commercials, TV shows, movies and video games across the United States and Latin America. Elegancia Tropical, not only was the third Bomba Estéreo album, but also the point on which Bomba consolidates as one of the most eye-catching live bands in the world. The album was released with impressive media reviews at sold out shows through Colombia, Argentina and Mexico in performances which included large-scale video projections and jungle scenery. Moreover, the album led the band to win recognition as Best Artist of 2012 by iTunes Latin Editor’s Choice and a Latin GRAMMY nomination in 2013 for Best Alternative Music Album. As part of the global promotion for the album, Bomba Estéreo embarked on a two years tour, playing over 200 shows, reaching fours continents (North and South America, Europe, Africa) and participating in the main music festivals in the world including Coachella (USA), Austin City Limits (USA), SXSW (USA), Lollapalooza (USA & CHL), Roskilde (DEN), Outside Lands (USA), Pop Montréal (CAN), Stereo Picnic (COL), Rock al Parque (COL), Vive Latino (MEX) and Glastonbury (UK), amongst others. The innovative approach to live shows was enhanced with Bosque (an audio visual experience around the idea of playing Bomba’s party music in a classic theater with people sitting down) presented at a sold out Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo in Bogota and a “Cultural Exchange Tour” around African countries (Swaziland, Mozambique and South Africa), where they collaborated with local musicians and artists, supported by the Colombian Government and local Authorities. Bomba Estéreo is now working on its fourth album (Sony Music Latin) , which is expected for mid 2015.