John Kadlecik & the DC Mystery Cats – Tickets – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC – November 25th, 2017

John Kadlecik & the DC Mystery Cats

Gypsy Sally's Presents

John Kadlecik & the DC Mystery Cats

Leslie Mendelson

Sat, November 25, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Advance $20/ Day of Show $20 + 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:

Benjy Porecki on keys.
Larry Ferguson on drums
Mary Lankford on vocals
Larry Joseloff on bass
Jessica Blake on 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.
Leslie Mendelson
Leslie Mendelson
Leslie Mendelson’s Love & Murder is the singer/songwriter’s first new album in eight years. A
stirring work instilled with emotional depth that Glide Magazine declared “one of the best
records of 2017,” the effort is the long-awaited follow up to her Grammy Award-nominated
debut, Swan Feathers. It’s an apropos title, reflecting the dichotomy between the dark and light
she encountered in those years between. Poised for stardom in 2009 with comparisons to
Carole King and Rickie Lee Jones on the tip of tastemakers’ lips, fate as it often does, had
other plans. But perhaps this was actually to the benefit of her art. After losing a record and
management deal and having her friend and producer Joel Dorn unexpectedly pass away,
Mendelson recommitted to herself and slowly but surely penned the songs with her longtime
co-writer Steve McEwan that would become Love & Murder.
Produced by Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams), Love & Murder is a sparse, raw
collection of ten folk songs. Opening with “Jericho,” a haunting number that sets the tone for
what’s to come, it makes clear that the album lies more within darker spaces that artists like
Sharon Van Etten, Lana Del Rey and Dusty Springfield inhabit. Songs like “Murder Me,”
“Coney Island,” and “Chasing the Thrill” find Leslie exploring loss in ways that feel personal
and metaphorical, where the stories within are multifaceted. She also recorded three covers:
the classic-country infused “Cry, Cry Darlin’,” a take on Bob Dylan’s classic “Just Like a
Woman,” played on the ukulele, and a duet with The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir on
Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou.” In fact, Mendelson was unwittingly adopted by the West Coast
jam scene after Weir heard her take on “Friend of the Devil” and recruited her to perform with
On Love & Murder, however, Leslie Mendelson offers a different side of her artistry that isn’t
present in her early work or recent collaborations. “This collection is just about the songs and
my voice,” she says. “That's what people can connect with. It shows where I am right now as
an artist and where I want to go.”
Listen here: murder-1/s- ZZLt1
“Chasing The Thrill” (Official Video)
“Love You Tonight” (Live Performance)
“Jericho” (Live Performance)

"'Love & Murder' marks a poignant return for New York singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson"


"Her first album in eight years, Leslie Mendelson's 'Love & Murder' is also one of the best records of


"This kind of comeback reaffirms the faith that Joel Dorn and so many others placed in her. As such, it
is already a worthy contender for year-end acclaim. Don’t wait for those kudos to emerge,

however—dive in now." - BLURT
Venue Information:
Gypsy Sally's
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007