John Kadlecik & the DC Mystery Cats – Tickets – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC – November 22nd, 2017

John Kadlecik & the DC Mystery Cats

Gypsy Sally's Presents

John Kadlecik & the DC Mystery Cats

A benefit for DC Central Kitchen. $10 from each ticket will be donated to DC Central Kitchen

Wed, November 22, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Advance $30/ Day of Show $30 + Fees

This event is 21 and over


All online sales stop at 5PM. Tickets are available at the door at 7PM unless the event is listed as sold out.

John Kadlecik & the DC Mystery Cats
John Kadlecik & the DC Mystery Cats
The DC Mystery Cats featuring

John Kadlecik: guitar, vocal
Larry Joseloff: bass
Nathan Graham: drums
Paul Grepps: keyboards
Jessica Lake: vocals
Mary Lankford: vocals

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.
A benefit for DC Central Kitchen. $10 from each ticket will be donated to DC Central Kitchen
A benefit for DC Central Kitchen.  $10 from each ticket will be donated to DC Central Kitchen
Since our founding in 1989, DC Central Kitchen has prepared 27 million meals for our low-income and at-risk neighbors. That’s a lot of meals – but don’t mistake us for a soup kitchen.

DC Central Kitchen was founded by young nightclub manager named Robert Egger. Frustrated by his experience volunteering with a well-intentioned, but inefficient and ineffective program that fed homeless DC residents, Robert saw a way to rearrange DC’s existing resources in ways that would ultimately liberate hungry and homeless individuals from poverty.

He began operations in January 1989 by picking up the leftover food from George H.W. Bush’s inauguration with a refrigerated van and delivering it to area shelters. A few months later, DCCK secured its own kitchen space and launched a Culinary Job Training program for residents of those shelters. DCCK has always focused on hand-ups, not hand-outs.

The organization continued to grow, breaking new ground in the realm of social enterprise and helping to start more than 60 like-minded community kitchens across the country through the 1990s. In 2001, Robert launched The Campus Kitchens Project, a highly efficient means of replicating DCCK’s core activities at college and high schools throughout the US.

In 2004, Michael F. Curtin, Jr. joined DCCK as its Chief Operating Officer. Curtin focused on enhancing the day-to-day programmatic work of DC Central Kitchen while Robert led national conversations about rethinking the fight against hunger and the role of nonprofits in the US economy. In 2007, Michael became CEO and in 2008, he led the organization’s move into the healthy school food space, a step that allowed DCCK to double in size and impact. In 2012, Robert moved to Los Angeles to start another innovative, but unaffiliated, nonprofit and social enterprise called LA Kitchen.

Two books about DC Central Kitchen are in print and available through online booksellers:

Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient, and Rewarding for All, by Robert Egger (2004). “In Begging for Change, Robert Egger looks back on his experience and exposes the startling lack of logic, waste, and ineffectiveness he has encountered during his years in the nonprofit sector, and calls for reform of this $800 billion industry from the inside out.”

The Food Fighters: DC Central Kitchen’s First Twenty-Five Years on the Front Lines of Hunger and Poverty, by Alexander Justice Moore (2014). “The Food Fighters shows how Robert Egger’s innovative approach to combating hunger and creating opportunity has changed lives and why the organization is more relevant today than ever before. It captures the personal and organizational struggles of DC Central Kitchen, offering new insights about what doing good really means and what we expect of those who do it.”
Venue Information:
Gypsy Sally's
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007