McDougall United Church -Friday Night, March 17  $30.00

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.


Chateau Lacombe Hotel Main Ballroom – Friday Night, March 17  $30.00

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.


McDougall United Church – Saturday Night March 18   $30.00

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.


Chateau Lacombe Hotel Main Ballroom – Saturday Night, March 18  $30.00

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 immediately energize everyone 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.


McDougall United Church Saturday Afternoon, March 18  $30.00
After last year’s stunning Saturday afternoon set from Joe Craven and friends in McDougall, Dead Ends has expanded the workshop format. Saturday afternoon kicks off with a Fiddle Summit as steered by local fiddle ace Daniel Gervais. Joining Daniel will be the great Calvin Vollrath, Shannon Johnson, Cam Neufeld and Jeremiah McDade and special guests. Expect a freewheeling set that touches on any number of fiddle and violin styles presented by this all-star cast.



A Roots of the Grateful Dead workshop follows the Fiddle Summit in McDougall. Hosted by John Hewitt, the set will pinpoint some of the influential sounds and artists of the Grateful Dead. Everything from New Orleans piano gems to acoustic blues ala Lightnin’ Hopkins and pieces from the traditional folk book of the U.K. will be rolled out by a cast that includes bluegrass great Chris & Sally Jones, cellist Christine Hanson and bluesmen Rooster Davis and Tony D.


Chateau Lacombe Hotel Main Ballroom – Saturday Afternoon, March 18  $30.00


The afternoon workshop schedule concludes in the Chateau with a percussion / rhythm workshop co-hosted by Joe Craven with members of the Mbira Renaissance Band and special guests. We think this is one session Mickey Hart would love!


The Dead Ends Live Weekend Church Pass is a must for fans of acoustic music and instrumental magic that draws on any number of influences and genres. Six sets of music from Friday night through Saturday night, including two matinee / workshop performances. From a solo performance from John Kadlecik who founded Dark Star Orchestra and worked extensively with Bob Weir; Phil Lesh, and the bluegrass sounds of Chris & Sally Jones to an all-star Fiddle Forum, plus a full set of the Garcia Songbook from David Gans; Joe Craven and a “Roots of the Grateful Dead” workshop, the mastery of the participating artists and the brilliant acoustics of McDougall make for a winning combination.


Tickets are also available at BLACKBYRD MYOOSIK: 
10442 – 82 Avenue, Edmonton AB


The inaugural Dead Ends Live weekend allowed fans of both electric and acoustic music to saunter back and forth between McDougall Church and the Chateau Lacombe Ballroom with ease as the two venues are situated side by side on 101 Street and Bellamy Hill Road. Enjoy the stunning acoustics in McDougall for one show and then dance your butt off to the sounds of The McGowans, Mbira Renaissance, and all-star blues, Dead, and roots jams with our house band as led by Dave Babcock, with our headliners David Gans, John Kadlecik, MonkeyJunk’s Tony D and other fine players.


Tickets are also available at BLACKBYRD MYOOSIK: 
10442 – 82 Avenue, Edmonton AB