Wavy Gravy's 80th Birthday Celebration (with Wavy in attendance), John Kadlecik & The Terrapin All-Stars, feat. Grahame Lesh & many more

Guest of Honor: Wavy Gravy (82nd Birthday celebration)

Wavy Gravy (born Hugh Nanton Romney 15 May 1936) is an entertainer and activist for peace, best known for his hippie appearance, personality, and beliefs. His moniker (which is the name he uses on a day to day basis) was given to him by B.B. King at the Texas International Pop Festival in 1969.

"It's worked pretty well through my life," he says, "except with telephone operators – I have to say 'Gravy, first initial W."

Romney's clown persona resulted from his political activism. Frequently being arrested at demonstrations, he decided he would be less likely to be arrested if he dressed as a clown. "Clowns are safe," he said. He does, however, enjoy traditional clown activities such as jokes, magic tricks and entertaining children.

Romney founded and co-founded several organizations, including Camp Winnarainbow, the Seva Foundation and the Hog Farm, an activist commune.

He is also the official clown of the Grateful Dead.

John Kadlecik & The Terrapin All-Stars, ft. Grahame Lesh, Klyph Black, Scott Guberman, Nathan Graham

John Kadlecik is a singer, songwriter, and musician based in the DC-area 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. 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 active with his own group, The John Kadlecik Band, as well as "supergroup" the Golden Gate Wingmen and occasionally Phil Lesh & Friends.

Special Guests: Mark Karan + Kenny Brooks (RatDog)

MARK KARAN

Mark Karan is best known for performing with the extended Grateful Dead family. For the last twelve years, he has anchored the lead guitar slot in Bob Weir & RatDog, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans year-round. Before crossing over into the land of the Dead, Mark worked his guitar and vocal voodoo for the likes of Dave Mason, Delaney Bramlett, the Rembrandts, Paul Carrack, Huey Lewis, Jesse Colin Young and Sophie B. Hawkins.

Mark also tours with an array of amazing musicians in his own “Mark Karan’s Buds”, where his soulful blues-based vocal stylings and inspired guitar work meld with the remarkably creative and responsive playing of his friends in a passionate delivery of the psychedelicized sounds of Americana. This is where rock meets R&B and country and mixes with the soul of New Orleans… with healthy portions of reggae, folk, funk and whatever else the muse might bring. In addition to his originals, as well as those of songwriter friends, Mark covers a range of eclectic songs from Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “You Can Stay (But the Noize Must Go)” and Peter Tosh’s “Don’t Look Back”, to the Kinks’ “Lazin’ on a Sunny Afternoon” or Joe Jackson’s “Fools in Love” — his unique musical taste and song choices are the hallmark of these shows, and always crowd pleasers for his nationwide, loyal fanbase.

KENNY BROOKS

Kenny Brooks' story began in Oakland, Ca., where he was inspired to play reed instruments from the age of 9. After graduating from El Cerrito H.S. in 1984 he went directly to the New England Conservatory at age 17. There he studied with master saxophonist George Garzone and other notable faculty including George Russell, Bob Moses and Ken Radnofsky. Brooks received his B.M. in '88 and returned to the Bay Area in '89.

Brooks has toured to Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, England, Germany, Turkey and Holland. He has played and recorded with many notable musicians such as Mike Clark, Ohio Players, Steve Smith, Les Claypool, MMW, Josh Roseman etc. In 2006 he recorded on Chuck MacKinnon's new CD as well as DJ Teeko's "My Soundstation" and appearing with Teeko's 41Funk Jam Band.

From 2000 - 2010 Brooks played no less than 750 shows with Bob Weir and RatDog, where the language of John Coltrane intersected with the language of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead to electrifying effect. ---see YouTube:RatDog

Scott Metzger (JRAD), The Butchy Band (Splintered Sunlight)

SCOTT METZGER

Scott Metzger was born in Trenton, New Jersey and began playing guitar in his teens. By the age of 19 he was playing regionally with the experimental/noise trio F-Hole. The attention this gathered eventually led him to be invited to join Tom Marshall’s project Amfibian which is where Metzger first received national recognition. Metzger then went on to be one fourth of the cult following rock band RANA, touring extensively nationwide throughout the early 2000’s.

After moving to New York in 2001 Scott began making a name for himself, becoming a regular fixture at The Knitting Factory, CBGB’s, and The Wetlands Preserve. After a brief stint with Particle on the west coast in 2006 he returned home to NYC with a newfound sense of direction. Since then he has developed a reputation as a highly sought after NYC-area freelance guitarist / pedal steel player / singer. Metzger has played more than 1,000+ live performances throughout the country, Europe, Japan, and Australia. Scott has performed and recorded extensively with projects of all genres, and is a first call player in genres ranging from singer/songwriter to soul to free form “jazz” to Americana/country. He has performed at esteemed festivals worldwide, such as The Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Bonnaroo, Lockn, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, as well as famous and historic venues worldwide; Central Park Summer Stage, The Fillmore San Francisco, Ancient Belgique (Brussels, Belgium), The Blue Note New York, The Fox Theatre Oakland, Lincoln Center, and The Capitol Theatre.

Scott has performed, recorded, and toured with acts including: John Mayer, producer Mark Howard, Bill Sims Jr, John Medeski, Trixie Whitley, Nicole Atkins, Nels Cline (of Wilco), LaLa Brooks (of the world famous Crystals), Phil Lesh & Friends, Shooter Jennings, Erik Deutsch, Eric Krasno, Grammy award winner Mike Farris, Bob Weir, The Gene Ween Band, Anders Osborne, the Stanton Moore Trio, Joss Stone, Moby, Marco Benevento, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman, Warren Haynes, Trey Anastasio, Chris Harford and the Band of Changes, and others.

Currently, Scott is a full time member of the critically acclaimed, increasingly popular Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Bustle in Your Hedgerow, and fronts the project WOLF! (Royal Potato Family Records), an instrumental guitar trio whose music has been featured on the hit television series Z-Nation.

His approach is to serve the integrity of the song while expressing his unique voice through the guitar. His style combines a lyrical, melodic sound and sensibility that shows a deep understanding of the instrument’s history, while at the same time has an edginess that is unmistakably Metzger’s own.

BUTCHY SOCHOROW

Butchy provides lead guitar and vocals for Splintered Sunlight, the most popular Grateful Dead Tribute band in the Philadelphia. Since forming in 1992, Splintered Sunlight has become a permanent fixture for music in the Mid Atlantic region.

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