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Dead Ends Live - Single Tickets Only

Dead Ends Live - Single Tickets Only

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Join Dead Ends Live for their weekend festival on March 17 & 18!

This event listing is for single ticket admission only!

Dead Ends Live has been created by Peter North, the onetime radio producer who hosted the popular program Dead Ends And Detours for 17 years on the CKUA Radio Network. The new live, indoor festival event will be built around the common themes and threads that ran through his radio show. Those common threads are the musical roots and branches of The Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia along with the influences and sounds of The Band and Bob Dylan, as well as mandolinist David Grisman and the inspiring musicians who built the new acoustic music scene.

The weekend of March 17 and 18, 2023, marks the return of Edmonton’s newest music festival Dead Ends Live. Born out of a love for the Grateful Dead songbook and the jam band culture, the inaugural Dead Ends Live thrilled fans of this broad musical canvas last spring! Organizers are thrilled to announce that guitarist and singer John Kadlecik, a prominent and critically acclaimed figure in the Grateful Dead extended family will be headlining the event with both solo and band performances at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel and McDougall Church.

McDougall United Church, 10086 MacDonald Drive NW
Chateau Lacombe Ballroom, 10111 Bellamy Hill Road NW

Single tickets are now available for the following four concerts. Please choose your desired performance(s) from the drop-down menu

Concert #1: March 17, 7:00-10:00PM at McDougall United Church

John Kadlecik is one of the foremost interpreters of the songbook of the Grateful Dead, but he is also a superior guitarist, fine singer and songwriter. Kadlecik’s musical journeys have included his founding member status of The Dark Star Orchestra, his work with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in their Further project and as an ongoing member of JGB with onetime Garcia organ player Melvin Seals. John will be performing solo at McDougall. Opening the show will be the Terrapin String Quartet as led by the McDades Shannon Johnson and the quartet will be performing string arrangement of tunes ranging from The Grateful Dead to The Beatles.

Concert #2: March 17, 8:30-1:30AM at Chateau Lacombe Ballroom

The McGowan Family Band will kick open the ballroom doors with a set of Grateful Dead material that criss-crosses the vast Dead songbook. The evening will continue with some blues basted songs that the Dead and associates covered for years and expect some Dylan and highly danceable tunes to make their way into the mix as the night unfolds with guests ranging from MonkeyJunk’s Tony D to David Gans and Joe Craven.

Concert #3: March 18, 7:00-10:00PM at McDougall United Church

Chris & Sally Jones kick off a special evening of acoustic music with a mix of originals and bluegrass gems. It’s been far too long since Chris has played a concert in Edmonton, and he is one of the bluegrass champions of his generation and this adds another musical dimension to Dead Ends Live.

Closing out the night will be David Gans and Joe Craven who left the first Dead Ends festival as a new duo. The two musicians bring their wealth of experience working with the likes of Phil Lesh and Jerry Garcia and other members of the Dead community, and they’ll roll it all into The Songbook of Jerry Garcia for what is guaranteed to be a rare treat in this part of the world.

Concert #4 March 18, 8:30-1:30AM at Chateau Lacombe Ballroom

Mbira Renaissance Band are a great groove band who are a truly unique local musical troupe. It’s hard not to dance to this crew and the infectious positive spirit of Mbira will immediate once the band hits the stage to open the Saturday night ballroom show.

John Kadlecik will join Dave Babcock’s ensemble for some electric Garcia and Dead material in the second set. Guests will float in and out of the mix as many of the musicians on the Dead Ends bill will also get a shot at dispensing material from the vast catalogues of the Grateful Dead and their peers and heroes.

All Tickets: $31

Tickets are provided for this event. Please select either Mail or Hold at TIX on the Square under Shipping Information at checkout.

The cut-off for mailed tickets will be 11:59PM, March 5! All orders placed on March 6 or later will be able to collect their tickets at the performance.

Paid parking available at Chateau Lacombe as well as various lots in the vicinty. LRT (Central Station) and several major ETS routes are within a 5-minute walk.

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