By Mike Forristell

If you are a John Kadlecik fan, then this is your chance to catch a couple of performances. Kadlecik will be playing several shows this week in the state of Florida, with performances in Jacksonville, Boca Raton, Tampa, and Gainesville.  If you aren’t familiar with John Kadlecik, he is a founding member of the Grateful Dead cover project Dark Star Orchestra, and surprises listeners with his ability to emulate the guitar playing and singing of Jerry Garcia.  Also, from 2009 until 2014, Kadlecik toured with Bob Weir and Phil Lesh as Further. In 2010 Kadlecik decided to start his own band, to showcase his original music alongside popular covers and classics.  If you find yourself in Florida this week, grab yourself a ticket and check out the music of John Kadlecik.

Melvin Seals

Melvin Seals, longtime member of the Jerry Garcia Band, will be playing a couple of shows in the area.  Seals joined the Jerry Garcia Band in 1980 and remained a member until Garcia’s unfortunate death.  Wanting to continue the legacy of Jerry Garcia’s music, he and the remaining band members continue to put on live performances showcasing Garcia’s and the rest of JGB’s music. Although the band’s line up has been constantly evolving throughout the years, the mission stays the same. Seals had done collaborations with many of our favorite musicians, such as John Kadlecik, as well as Phil Lesh and Friends and Oteil Burbridge.

If you’re looking to fit a little bit of Phish into your life this week, try checking out Pink Talking Phish or Runaway Gin, two phenomenal cover projects that will blow your mind. Pink Talking Phish will be in Buffalo, NY, Pittsburgh, PA, and Columbus, OH, and Runaway Gin will be performing in Greensville, SC. Also, this week Mike Gordon will be playing a solo show at the Egg in Albany, NY.

Other notable performances this week include:  Toubab Krewe at the 8×10 in Baltimore, MD (03/08), and the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY (03.11) Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY (03/08, 03/09, 03/10), Rumpke Mountain Boys at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH (03/09), and Railroad Earth at Goodyear Theatre in Akron, OH (03/07).

03/07 – Railroad Earth – Goodyear Theatre – Akron, OH

03/07 – The John Kadlecik Band – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL


03/08 – Pink Talking Phish – Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NY

03/08 – Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY

03/08 – Toubab Krewe – The 8×10 – Baltimore, MD

03/08 – The John Kadlecik Band – The Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, FL

03/08 – Hayley Jane & The Primates – The Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC

03/08 – Dr. Slothclaw – Martin’s Downtown – Roanoke, VA


03/09 – Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY

03/09 – Melvin Seals & JGB – The Ardmore Music Hall

03/09 – Pink Talking Phish – Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA

03/09 – Rumpke Mountain Boys – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

03/09 – The John Kadlecik Band – The Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, FL

03/09 – Skydog: Allman Brothers Tribute – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA

03/09 – Sun & Rain – Bube’s Brewery – Mount Joy, PA

03/09 – Goose – Martin’s Downtown – Roanoke, VA


03/10 – Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY

03/10 – Pink Talking Phish w/Universal Sigh – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH

03/10 – Runaway Gin – The Firmament – Greenville, SC

03/10 – The John Kadlecik Band – Skipper’s Smokehouse – Tampa, FL

03/10 – Toubab Krewe – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC

03/10 – Folken Funk Trio – Dante’s Bar – Frostburg, MD


03/11 – Mike Gordon – The Egg – Albany, NY

03/11 – Toubab Krewe – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY

03/11 – Melvin Seals & JGB – The Haunt – Ithaca, NY

03/11 – The John Kadlecik Band – High Dive – Gainesville, FL

03/11 – SOJA – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH