Fellowship of the Wing feat. John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra, Furthur, Golden Gate Wingmen), Jay Lane (RatDog, Primus), Reed Mathis (Billy & the Kids, Tea Leaf Green) and Todd Stoops (Kung Fu, RAQ)

Fellowship of the Wing feat. John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra, Furthur, Golden Gate Wingmen), Jay Lane (RatDog, Primus), Reed Mathis (Billy & the Kids, Tea Leaf Green) and Todd Stoops (Kung Fu, RAQ)

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$27 Advance/ $32 Day of show (plus applicable fees)

This event is 21 and over

Fellowship of the Wing
Fellowship of the Wing
From the depths of Furthur, Golden Gate Wingmen and Electric Beethoven, emerges John Kadlecik’s Fellowship of the Wing! Formed in 2017 as an off-shoot of Golden Gate Wingmen, with a revolving line-up when one of the Wingmen is unavailable,Fellowship of the Wing features an amazing line up of longstanding musicians that have all performed with original members of the Grateful Dead. The set lists are original for each show and always include a wide variety of originals and covers. From George Harrison to The Who, from Bob Dylan to Van Morrison, their arrangements are both interesting and inventive. And while they enjoy paying tribute to many renowned artists, the song choices are unique and often obscure.

Members of Fellowship of the Wing have a variety of musical backgrounds, who offer an extensive repertoire of songs. On guitar and vocals is John Kadlecik. Heis a singer, songwriter, and musician who is well-known for being a guitar-slinging sideman to Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in the band Furthur. An original member and co-founder of the group Dark Star Orchestra, John has been performing improvisationally-oriented shows regularly since the late 1980's and touring nationally for over 20 years. While Kadlecik is well-known for his love of playing the music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia, his shows always include many of his original tunes, as well.

On drums and vocals is the incredible Jay Lane. Lane brings an energetic and dynamic back-beat for the dancers, along with fantastic vocal harmonies. He and Kadlecik, first played together in Furthur in 2009. Lane had been drumming in RatDog prior to the dawn of Furthur, and with Primus before that. As of late, Golden Gate Wingmen and The John Kadlecik Band have been ongoing projects for Kadlecik and Lane, as their musical brotherhood continues to deepen.

Rhythms are enhanced by Reed Mathis on bass and vocals. Mathis brings his unique style to the stage, along with several original tunes to the repertoire. He weaves his love of jazz and of the music of Bob Dylan into his jams, and raises the vibration with his soulful lyrics and vocals. Mathis, Lane and Kadlecik have been touring together in the Golden Gate Wingmen since 2014, concurrently with Reed’s project Electric Beethoven since 2016, which also includes keyboardist Todd Stoops.

Todd Stoops completes this fantastic quartet with his playful and funky grooves and fills on keys and excellent vocal harmonies. His heady approach has been influenced by greats, such as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Keith Godchaux, along with roots in percussion from his childhood. Stoops and Kadlecik first collaborated in 2016 when Stoops joined The John Kadlecik Band and they continue to excite audiences with their improvisational jams with every Fellowship adventure. Don’t miss Fellowship of the Wing as they embark on another epic escapade at Vaudeville Tent, 12:45 PM on Saturday and another, following Leftover Salmon, late-night Sunday.
John Kadlecik
John Kadlecik
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.
Jay Lane
Jay Lane
Jay Lane is an American drummer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently a member of Primus, Bob Weir's RatDog, Scaring the Children with Weir and Rob Wasserman, the hip hop/jazz fusion group Alphabet Soup, and his most recent endeavor, Jay's Happy Sunshine Burger Joint.

In 2002, Lane was named "drummer of the year" by the California Music Awards.
Reed Mathis
Reed Mathis
Reed Mathis is an American composer, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is highly regarded for his innovative use of effected bass as well as his stylistic versatility. He records and tours with Tea Leaf Green, the Marco Benevento Trio, amongst other artists, and was a founding member of the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, a group he co-led for fifteen years.
Todd Stoops
Todd Stoops
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/