This spring, Vince Welnick will return to the East Coast for a string of dates in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with NYC funksters Gent Treadly, a band that is amazingly tight, full of energy, and fun. Vince was the keyboardist and vocalist for the Grateful Dead from 1990 until Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. Before that, Vince was a founding member of ‘80s theatrical rockers The Tubes, who recorded several top ten hits.
Late-era Dead fans have been blown away by recent performances by Vince and his group. His band manages to rock hard while also giving sensitive interpretation to the music, always in service of the rich catalogue songs that Vince brings to the table. Gent Treadly is bassist Greg Koerner, who has also toured with Dark Star Orchestra; drummer Tom Kaelin, formerly of The Hatters and Dreamspeak; and Native founder Mike Jaimes on guitar. Anastasia Rene, who has performed and recorded with Reid Genauer and Percy Hill, adds her superlative vocal stylings to the group.
Although all the members of Gent Treadly have performed with many jazz and blues greats in their hometown of New York City, Koerner says, “It is truly an honor and a joy to play with Vince. He is a fabulous performer and a unique talent and the shows we’ve done with him so far have been among my most enjoyable musical moments bar none!"
Although Vince has spent much of his career playing in the shadow of dynamic and iconic front men, as a band leader he truly shines. He performs the songs he wrote and played with The Dead, and his arrangements of classic material by other artists showcase his abilities as both an instrumentalist and vocalist. Recent performances have left satisfied audiences drenched in sweat and tears, as Vince and Gent Treadly play a unique blend of what Vince describes as "rockadelic." He explains, “There's a definite tendency to go towards the sixties with the sound in this band and with the music we do. Not too different from the Dead; we do about fifty percent original music and about fifty percent cover tunes, and a lot of the cover tunes are sixties related. Some of them are actually Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter songs. And others are mostly back there in the sixties zone, you know, everything from The Beatles, The Doors, The Stones, Led Zeppelin. Any song that we really like, it really doesn't matter who wrote it, we'll play it - especially if it gets the people moving. But we always try to create our own art within that medium."
Visit Vince Welnick’s and Gent Treadly’s websites for more information.