John Kadlecik will host the Summer Solstice Jam at Gyspsy Sally’s in Washington, DC from June 21st – 24th. The guitarist, who used to play lead guitar with Bob Weir and Phil Lesh’s Grateful Dead spin-off band Furthur, will join forces with keyboardist Melvin Seals, drummer Jay Lane, bassist Robin Sylvester, and backing vocalists Jessica Lake and Mary Lankford for four shows.In addition to co-founding Furthur with Weir and Lesh, Kadlecik also co-founded popular Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra, though he is no longer a member of the band. These days, he plays with the John Kadlecik Band, the Golden Gate Wingmen, and a variety of other projects.Kadlecik won’t be the only person on stage with connections to the Grateful Dead. Seals, who co-founded The Mix with Kadlecik in 2004, performed with the Jerry Garcia Band for over 15 years and continues to play the group’s music with his Melvin Seals and JGB project. Lane—who is also a member of Golden Gate Wingmen—and Sylvester are both current members of Weir’s post-Dead project RatDog (and Lane was even one of the early drummers for Primus).Tickets for the Summer Solstice Jam are now on sale. Fans can expect to hear plenty of jams and tunes from the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia catalogs. Each night will feature two sets.In related news, Kadlecik was just added to the lineup for the inaugural Waterloo Festival in Austin, TX. He’ll be performing with Oteil & Friends, a group led by Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge.
TWO of the best teams in the Georgetown Zone are expected to battle this evening in the final of the 2017 Limacol round robin/knockout football tournament at the GFC ground.Both teams, the Western Tigers FC and the Guyana Police Force are unbeaten in the tournament so far but that streak will end this evening for one of them.The Police side have so far been reliant on their speed in attack and physicality in defence, a large part of the latter coming from their two centre backs who sweep and cover effectively.Their height as well makes them sturdier defenders than most and their ability in the air has deterred teams in the past from using that aerial method for protracted periods of play.Western Tigers’ Devon Millington scored a hat- trick in the last game, can he repeat for the title?But the Western Tigers have somewhat of an ability to get in even behind the sturdiest of defences, albeit in style. Their ability to produce just the right touches needed in the second and final thirds of the pitch have amounted to being a team who can pounce at any time.However, defence is where their weakness lies and considering that their back three are often left exposed after a counter, Police could have their way in.However, what the Western side have going for them is their set pieces. Devon Millington has shown that he can find the back of the net more than once from set pieces and the Police need to be wary of that.Both teams love to play down the flanks with balls coming into the box though Western have shown the ability to produce build-up plays in the centre of the park.Meanwhile, Petra co-Director Troy Mendonca believes that the tournament format has ensured that teams play to the best of their abilities, adding that “what we have seen is close, competitive action through the tournament”.Nonetheless, fans should get their seats early as the earlier third-place playoff between Santos and Winners Connection is sure to whet the appetite of those football-hungry fans.With a creative midfield, Santos have been consistently producing the goods but it is left to be seen how they deal with the more seasoned and intimidating Winners Connection side.Game time is 18:30hrs.