Critic's Pick: Fly your freak flag at John K. Band show

Critic's Pick: Fly your freak flag at John K. Band show

June 13th, 2014 by Barry Courter in Life Entertainment

John Kadlecik

John Kadlecik

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What: John K Band featuring John Kadlecik.

When: 8 p.m. tonight.

Where: Unum Stage.

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Break out the tie-dye outfits for this evening.

You'll fit right in at the reggae-influenced shows by Earphunk -- which is a great name, by the way -- at 5:30 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage or the Natti Love Joys set on the Unum Stage beginning at 6 p.m.

Catch the Love Joys later in their set, then stick around for the John K Band featuring John Kadlecik, where you can fly your freak flag with pride.

Kadlecik co-counded Dark Star Orchesta, a band dedicated to playing entire setlists of Grateful Dead shows. He did that for 12 years, helping to make the band a national touring favorite in its own right, before leaving in 2009 to join Furthur, which also includes Grateful Dead co-founding members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir.

He also does his own solo acoustics sets and tours with his band, the John K Band, which does originals as well as songs by the Jerry Garcia Band, Phish and more.

Kadlecik earned praise over the years from Dead fans, who are among the most loyal and fanatical anywhere, for his ability to emulate the band's late frontman Jerry Garcia's guitar and vocal sounds.

It promises to be a groovy night.

Contact Barry Courter at or 423-6354.