John Kadlecik

(L-R) Steve Kimok, John Kadlecik, and Kenny Brooks

John Kadlecik (or John K as he is more affectionately referred to by his fans) co-founded Dark Star Orchestra in 1997.  In August 2009, John K left Dark Star Orchestra to join Furthur with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh.  In 2014, Furthur disbanded.

When John Kadlecik was with Dark Star Orchestra they recreated historic Grateful Dead performances song-by-song.  Now on his own, John Kadlecik primarily recreates historical performances of Jerry Garcia Band (JGB) performances song-by-song. Kadlecik performs JGB originals and JGB covers such  "The Harder They Come" by Jimmy Cliff, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" by The Band, "Dear Prudence" by The Beatles amonh others.  For his JGB recreation performances, Kadlecik does not tell the audience what historic show is being performed and will ask the audience to guess the performance after the set completes.  Despite the pension for JGB songs, Kadlecik still belts out stunning Grateful Dead songs while traveling with his nationally touring John Kadlecik Band.

John Kadlecik lives in the Washington DC Metro Area and is a proud resident of the DMV. He has been spoiling fans in and around the District, Maryland, and Virginia since at least 2014 with his frequent Thanksgiving, Year-End, and residency performances.  Since 2015, Kadlecik uses a portion of the first night of his Thanksgiving Turkey Run to raise money for a Washington Metro Area charitable organization.  

DC Music Review cannot thank John Kadlecik enough for being part of the DMV music family and how he spoils us so much with his frequent appearances.

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Upcoming Performances

Golden Gate Wingmen

Mar. 25, 2017 - Golden Gate Wingmen - The Hamilton - Washington, DC

Past Performances

John Kadlecik Band at Baltimore Soundstage

Dec. 28, 2017 - Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD

DC Mystery Cats - Turkey Run

Thanksgiving 2017 - 3rd Annual Turkey Run - Gypsy Sally's - Washington, DC

Associated Posts

The Days Between Series – Resurrecting the Spirit of Jerry
During The Days Between, the spirit of Jerry was everywhere. The Days Between marks the days between when Jerry Garcia[...]
John Kadlecik & Pals Announce Thanksgiving Gypsy Sally’s Run
There are two things that John Kadlecik is very known for throughout the DMV - his Grateful Gospel appearance with Keller[...]
A Not To Be Missed ‘Days Between’ Concert Series Is Coming To The Hamilton DC
Each year between August 1 and August 9, the dates known as “Days Between,” Deadheads around the world celebrate the[...]
Interview with John Kadlecik
Karin McLaughlin caught up with John Kadlecik shortly after his 4-night Summer Solstice June run at Gyspy Sally's in Washington, D.C.[...]
John Kadlecik’s Four Night Sumer Solstice Recap [Photo/Video/Audio] [Updated: 4 Nights Audio]
DC's own, John Kadlecik, returned to Gypsy Sally's for four nights – dubbed the "Summer Solstice Jam" – with a[...]
WATCH LIVE: John Kadlecik Closes Out 4-Night Summer Solstice Run
John Kadlecik's four-night run of Summer Solstice Jams at Gypsy Sally's comes to a close tonight, and Nora Lyle is[...]
Celebrate The Summer Solstice With An All Star Summer Solstice Jam at Gypsy Sally’s [4-Night Run]
Welcome the first day of the Summer Solstice with a truly amazing four-night run of music at Gypsy Sally’s in[...]
John Kadlecik
John Kadlecik (or John K as he is more affectionately referred to by his fans) co-founded Dark Star Orchestra in[...]
The December Edition
With December comes a spree of holiday shows, including some of our favorites like "A Very Jerry Christmas" with Cris[...]
John Kadlecik Band Rocks the Baltimore Soundstage in a New Year’s Eve Windup! [Photo/Audio]
Updated January 4, 2018:  Audio recording has now been placed in article.On December 28th, 2017 the John Kadlecik Band returned to[...]
John Kadlecik Band Returns to Baltimore Soundstage
Next Thursday, December 28th, at Baltimore Soundstage, The John Kadlecik Band will return to charm city to bring a little[...]
DC Scene-In-Review: The November Edition
November brought some special moments and a ton of great music to the DMV. Get a taste of what DC's[...]
John Kadlecik & The DC Mystery Cats Perform 3rd Annual Turkey Run At Gypsy Sally’s [Video/Audio/Photos]
Updated January 4, 2018:  Added additional audio into article. John Kadlecik and his DC Mystery Cats performed their 3rd Annual[...]
John Kadlecik brings his DC Mystery Cats Back to Gypsy Sally’s for a great cause during Thanksgiving Week
In what has become an annual tradition, John Kadlecik brings The DC Mystery Cats to Gypsy Sally's for several special[...]

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About the author

Jason Herman

A 24x7 member and Photo Editor of DC Music Review. Jason has been passionate about music since his earliest days and is especially excited about the music scene around his adopted hometown, Washington DC. With over 35 Grateful Dead and 80+ Phish shows, and countless music festivals under his belt, you can find him at concerts around the country but especially in his adopted hometown of Washington, D.C. Before turning his lens to music, Jason followed professional cyclists around the U.S. Domestic Circuit to the tallest mountains in Europe.