John Kadlecik & Pals Featuring Jay Lane, Robin Sylvester, Benjie Porecki, Jess Lake, Mary Lankford

John Kadlecik

John Kadlecik is a singer, songwriter, and musician who can play most string instruments but is primarily known for being a guitar-slinging sideman to Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in the band Furthur. Also an original 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 the last 20 years. His work also includes several studio releases of original music, and he is currently touring with his own group, The John Kadlecik Band.

Jay Lane

Jay Lane won "Drummer of the Year" at the 2002 California Music Awards.

Robin Sylvester

Robin Sylvester, born 1950 in Hampstead, London, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is best known for his work with Bob Weir & RatDog. Although primarily a bass player, he plays several instruments, including guitar and keyboards, and has also done arranging and engineering Tangerine Studios.

Jess Lake

Mary Lankford

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.”

Advance $35/Day of Show $40 + Fees


Photo Credit: Jay Blakesberg

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

Ticket sales online end at 5 pm day of show. Tickets available at the door unless listed as sold out.

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