The weekend of September 13 -14 marks the return of Edmonton’s Dead Ends Live Festival. 

This year, all stages are at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel with no shows overlapping. As we move into year three, we have added a second stage at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel in the Bellamy lounge across from Shakedown Street.

Friday and Saturday evening we will host two opening acts in the Alberta Ballroom, followed by two full bands never seen in Edmonton! Furthurmore is John Kadlecik’s Grateful Dead experience; an ever-evolving collective of world-class musicians paying heartfelt tribute to the legacy of the Grateful Dead. John Kadlecik is one of the foremost interpreters of the Grateful Dead songbook, a superb guitarist, and a fine singer and songwriter in his own right.

We are excited to have Vancouver’s Allmost Brothers, a tribute to the legendary Allman Brothers band. They brilliantly recreate the sounds of 60s and 70s southern rock, mixing blues, jazz, country and rock and roll. This 6-piece band, with their two drummers, are guaranteed to fill the dance floor and rekindle musical memories of Dickie Betts and Duane Allman.

The McGowan Family Band will throw open the ballroom doors Friday with a set that draws from all corners of the vast Dead songbook. All that and a slew of blues-based favourites made popular by the Dead and their friends over the years. Expect some Dylan! Expect to dance!


The Almighty Turtlenecks will set the tone Saturday night and pack the dance floor with classics from the 60s & 70s. A stellar band boasting some of Edmonton’s finest musicians, with much-lauded producer and guitarist Stew Kirkwood at the helm. A special one-time only treat for Dead Ends Live!

Saturday Afternoon Jam, hosted by David Gans from The Grateful Dead Radio Hour will be full of many surprises including a set from The Band Us playing Quicksilver hits from the 70s. 

We are honoured to have veteran musician Lionel Rault, host of CKUA’s popular radio program, Lionel’s Vinyls, presiding over an all-star cast of some of Edmonton’s best-loved performers: Dwayne Hrynkiw, Dana Wylie, Bobby Cameron, Trace Jordan, Gord Matthews and more! Bellamy Lounge Stage, Friday & Saturday from 4-7. 

The Light Psychlone provides amazing psychedelic light shows that will take you right back to the 60s 

Shakedown Street is your festival marketplace for cool merchandise, books, posters and album signings. 

Weekend passes are $75.00 at Eventbrite, Record Collectors Paradise & Blackbyrd Myoozik in Edmonton, Heritage Posters & Music in Calgary.

A short thank-you note from your friends at Dead Ends Live.

We sure appreciated the full house at the Yardbird Suite on April 12 &13 for Secondhand Dreamcar and special guests, Kirby Sewell and Marcus Trummer.

The hot playing of all involved coupled with your enthusiastic response made for two memorable nights.

Kirby Sewell mentioned both nights that he was “flabbergasted” with what was happening on stage and the menu of original material, cool covers from sources like the Grateful Dead, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Little Feat, B.B. King, and John Hiatt, flowed seamlessly.

Thanks to the Yardbird staff and crew who are so easy to work with. We are so blessed to have this venue in our cultural community; there is nothing like the Suite, the perfect venue for both audiences and artists.

Peter & Jayne

Festival Update

The  Dead Ends Live Festival keeps rolling the weekend of September 13 & 14 at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel.

The headliners include the great John Kadlecik and his full band Furthurmore and The Allmost Brothers, Vancouver’s legendary Allman Brothers tribute band. The opening acts are hometown faves The McGowan Family Band and The Almighty Turtlenecks.This year all stages are at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel with no shows overlapping. We are excited to offer a stellar lineup in the Bellamy Lounge hosted by Lionel Rault from CKUA’s Lionel’s Vinyls.

Weekend Festival Passes will be available on Eventbrite, June 02, 2024

Secondhand Dreamcar hosts "Dead Ends Live Presents" at the Yardbird Suite

Press Release
March 12, 2024

Edmonton’s hottest band is set to host two nights of what will be an instrumental inferno on the weekend of Friday April 12 and Saturday April 13 at Edmonton’s premier music venue, The Yardbird Suite.

Secondhand Dreamcar has been percolating for the better part of a year, working at refining their impressive live shows and finding time to record a debut album that will be released in the fall of this year.

It’s not an overreach to call this unit an all-star aggregation or the cream of the crop. Featuring the hard-hitting and passionate vocals of Dana Wylie, the crack rhythm section of drummer Jamie Cooper and bassist Harry Gregg, the instrumental foundation of Secondhand Dreamcar also features keyboard ace Rooster Davis and the guitar work of two heavy hitters, Kyle Mosiuk and Chad Murphy. Then there’s the tight and punctuated sounds of a superior horn section, that being Dave Babcock, Bob Tildesley and Peter Filice.

Gregg speaks for everyone in Secondhand Dreamcar when he says, “We couldn’t be more excited for these two nights at the Yardbird, there’s just so much going into these shows that should make for a spectacular couple of nights. We’re so proud of the music we’ve put down on our upcoming album. We think our originals are a perfect complement to the classic roots and jam band material. We have taken so much inspiration from, sources like the Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Band, the Allman Brothers and Little Feat. Plus we get to work with two incredible special guests from Calgary, guitarist and singer Marcus Trummer and powerhouse vocalist Kirby Sewell. We can’t wait!”

These sounds springboard off the sounds presented at the DEAD ENDS LIVE FESTIVAL a year ago where Gregg, Cooper, Davis and Babcock brilliantly collaborated with ex-Dark Star Orchestra and JGB guitarist John Kadlecik.

DEAD ENDS LIVE PRESENTS at the Yardbird Suite, two nights of heavy playing and wonderful material, injected with improvisational magic.

Tickets are available at

Dead Ends Live presents a jam band extravaganza APRIL 12 and 13, 2024:


You’ll have a great time if you love to shop!
Open to everyone 5-10 Friday, noon-10 Saturday.

Shakedown Street goes back to the early 80s as the vending area of a jam band parking lot wherever concerts would take place and is named after the 1978 Grateful Dead album and song. Items sold have included music, clothing, jewellery, artwork, books, food, drink, alcoholic beverages and more. We’re very pleased to be able to honour that tradition with great offerings in our indoor marketplace.

VOur Vendors page will be updated over the summer as we confirm new vendors.