The Latin Dead Releases Brassy ‘Shakedown Street’ Cover Featuring John Kadlecik

Watch the video for the first single from the Grateful Dead tribute act’s forthcoming debut album, Eyes Of The World.

By Scott Bernstein Feb 2, 2023 12:20 pm PST

California-based ensemble The Latin Dead pulls equally from Grateful Dead, jazz and Afro-Latino traditions to provide a fresh spin on the music of the Grateful Dead. Out today from the collective featuring guitarist John Kadlecik (Furthur, DSO) and Grammy-winning pianist/composer/arranger/producer Óscar Hernández (Spanish Harlem Orchestra) is “Shakedown Street,” the first single from their upcoming debut album, Eyes Of The World.

Eyes Of The World is set for release on February 14. The 10-piece group reimagined 11 Grateful Dead classics for the LP including the titular track, “Shakedown Street,” “Touch Of Grey,” “Crazy Fingers,” “One More Saturday Night” and more each with a Latin bent. Produced by Oscar Hernández, Brenden Tacon and Dub Sonata, Eyes Of The World was recorded over three days in March 2022 at Los Angeles’ United Recording Studios. Pre-order the album through Bandcamp.


The Latin Dead consists of Hernández (piano, musical director), Kadlecik (vocals, guitar), Andy Vargas (vocals), Rene Camacho (bass), Andy Sanesi (drums), Pete Nater (trumpet), Francisco Torres (trombone), Katisse Buckingham (tenor & alto saxophone, flute), Cha-Cha Charlie Chávez (congas, timbales, bongo, percussion) and Brenden Tacon (bongo, congas, bell). Kadlecik’s Jerry-esque guitar fuses perfectly with Hernández’s vital piano playing and Vargas’ multi-octave vocals on the collective’s horn-driven and percussion-fueled version of the title track from the Grateful Dead’s 1978 studio album.

Watch the video for The Latin Dead’s “Shakedown Street” cover below:

The Latin Dead will celebrate the release of Eyes Of The World with a brief tour of California. The run includes stops in Los Angeles on February 16, Mill Valley on February 18 and Santa Cruz on January 19. Additionally, the ensemble will appear at the Skull & Roses festival in April.

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