DeadCenter: Jefferson Airplane Edition
145 Westchester Avenue
Port Chester, NY, 10573
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Reverend Jefferson was formed as a tribute in sound and spirit to the music of the legendary Jefferson Airplane. This mission soon became a point of departure upon a musical journey of exploration into terrains both familiar and wholly unknown.
Jefferson Airplane's music originated from San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury hippie community of the late 1960's, but soon evolved into a sound which at once reflected that era's psychedelic ethos while virtually capturing the rapidly expanding revolutionary fervor of the times. Their 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow saw the arrival of Grace Slick- a beautifully irreverent (and often caustic) singer whose siren-song banshee wail propelled “Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit” up the charts. Her beautifully soaring harmonies, blending flawlessly with the voices of bandmates Paul Kantner & Marty Balin, became the foundation of the Airplane's sound- which soon wound its way deep into the consciousness of the American psyche where it's remained for generations.
At the urging of manager David Kramer, Reverend Jefferson was formed by longtime rabid Airplane fans who've conspired to create a
labor of love. Vocalist Joanne Lediger has the power and skill to capture the intensity and nuance of Grace Slick's singing at the height of her powers. Ms. Lediger is able to bring Grace's ice & fire to life like no one else. Guitarist/vocalist David Frye has sung with Ms. Lediger for many years. They know each other's moves and are able to weave their voices together, melding powerfully and effortlessly. Bassist John Cassano (a member of Reflections- the premiere Jerry Garcia tribute band in the tri-state area) studied with the Airplane's dazzling bassist, Jack Casady- and has also performed Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. Casady's influence on Cassano's thunderous tone and approach is evident upon hearing him. Rob Wolfson was inspired to take up the guitar at 9 yrs old in 1964 when The Beatles came to the USA and turned the music world upside down. By the late 60’s Rob was already playing in bands with his friends and learning to play like his early heroes Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen, Jimi Hendrix and the many other “progressive rock” guitarists emerging at the time. In 1969 Rob got to see concerts by both the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane and was floored not only by the individual musicians, but also by the exploratory spirit of their music. This led to an increased interest in jazz and much else, but the music of San Francisco in the late 60’s (and beyond) has always held a special place.
Rob has continued to perform in many bands over the years, most notably the powerful and innovative Joe Gallant & Illuminati orchestra. During the heyday of the Wetlands Preserve club in NY, Rob was asked to curate the Dead Center All-Stars, that periodically brought together different combinations of the best musicians from the Grateful Dead / Jam Band scene. The DCAS was revived several years ago and continues to this day.
Rob has shared the stage with many notable musicians including Merle Saunders, Vassar Clements, Levon Helm, John Molo, Maggie Roche, Vince Welnick, Michael Falzarano, Buddy Cage, Hubert Sumlin, Pete Sears, Tom Constanten, Steve Kimock, DJ Logic, Tony Trischka and many others.
Scott Petry is the rock- the foundation. A passionate and well-seasoned drummer (who has been sharing stages and studios for years with Ms. Lediger and Mr. Frye in the NY-based Americana roots-rock band The Flying Jalapenos), Mr. Petry approaches his kit symphonically while driving the groove- supporting the music as it roars & whispers.
With full soaring 3-part vocal harmonies and improvisational jams that range from thunderously powerful to psychedelically exploratory, Reverend Jefferson delivers the music of Jefferson Airplane like no other. Fly Reverend Jefferson- they'll get you there on time.
Tickets Available at the Door
THIS GARCIA'S EVENT IS 21 YEARS OF AGE AND OVER AND IS GENERAL ADMISSION.