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John Kay (Founder, Vocalist, Primary Songwriter of Steppenwolf)
Artist Manager and Booking Agent in 2019-2020
JOHN KAY SOLO
Born To Be Wild and still Going Strong
I met John for the first time in person backstage at the final concert of Steppenwolf as a band on October 14, 2018 in Baxter Springs/KS .
I have had the privilege and honor of hosting John at the 2019 Folk Alliance International conference in Montreal.
Afterwards, I also had the privilege of representing John as a solo artist from Feb 2019 - Jan 2020 as his artist manager and booking agent. It was an exceptional experience for all involved and I appreciated this opportunity very much.
2019 Solo Acoustic Concert Dates
- Sunday, April 14, 2019 - Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ - Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm - The Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA - Monday, August 26, 2019 - 7:30pm to 8:45pm - The Dakota, Minneapolis, MN
- Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 7:30pm to 8:45pm - The Triple Door, Seattle, WA - Friday, September 20, 2019 - Time 8 PM - Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY - Saturday, October 5, 2019 - Time: 3:45 - 4:30 PM - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
2020 Solo Acoustic Concert Dates (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
- Saturday, March 7, 2020 - The Historic Everett Theatre, Everett, WA - Friday, April 17 + Saturday, April 18, 2020 - The Iridium, New York City, NY
Backstage at the final concert of Steppenwolf as a band on October 14, 2018 in Baxter Springs/KS
from left to right: Ron Hurst (drums) - Gary Link (bass guitar) - John Kay - Danny Johnson (lead guitar) - Michael Wilk (keyboards)
February 2019 at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Montreal/Canada
from left to right: Tom Paxton - John Kay - Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal - Bernd Haber - Bruce Newman
Backstage on September 20, 2019 at the Easy Rider Live Event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City
from left to right: John Kay - Bernd Haber - Elvis Costello - T. Bone Burnett
Beppe Gambetta - Master of Flatpicking Guitar
Concert Booking - Fiddler's Dream - Phoenix/Arizona - October 2018
In October 2018, I had the great honor of hosting Beppe Gambetta in Phoenix/Arizona for him to perform at Fiddler's Dream. In addition, he taught a Guitar Clinic to guitar enthusiasts and we arranged for a visit at the Arizona Schools for the Arts to meet the guitar class students. See below for links to concert recordings and the related interview with Radio Phoenix:
Visit to the Arizona School for the Arts on October 4, 2018
Martin Guitar Story
Not very often, fate serves us an opening for influencing history. One only has to realize it when it happens.
Between 2003 – 2005, I was able to open a special page in the book of German - American relationship history.
By October 2005, as a result of my personal intervention and the DAFT-Tour endeavor, Markneukirchen - the hometown of Martin Guitar founder Christian Frederick Martin, finally acknowledged officially its famous son where his name had been neglected and ignored for more than 170 years.
See below for the article ‘Martin’s Return to Markneukirchen’ as it was published in the January 2006 issue (volume #20) of The Sounding Board – the official newsletter of the Martin Guitar Company.
History made! I am very proud of this accomplishment.
Musical Instrument Museum Markneukirchen - October 2005
Special Martin Guitar Exhibition organized by Bernd Haber & Professor Andreas Michel & Dick Boak
The Sounding Board
Martin Guitar Newsletter - January 2006
Organized by WorldStrings Promotion and Laurarecords, the DAFT-Tour (Deutsch-Amerikanisches Folksänger Treffen - German-American Songfestival on Tour) was a roots music & singer/songwriting festival that took place annually in a rotating pattern in both Germany and the United States in 2003 - 2005, an endeavor for all lovers of songs and poetry as well as curious novice listeners.
Artists from the United States and Germany went on respective tours in each country. It was a unique collaboration of musicians providing an exceptional experience for both the audience & artists and presenting art and music as a common language. The DAFT-Tour was endorsed by the folk luminaries Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, the director of the BMW Center for German and European Studies Jeffrey Anderson as well as by PROFOLK, the German Association for Songs, Folk and World Music and supported by organizations like Martin Guitar & Co.
One of the highlights of the DAFT-Tour was the historic concert on November 11, 2004 (Veteran’s Day) at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. - click below link in picture gallery to watch the complete live performance recording.
The mission of the DAFT-Tour was Bringing people together through the Power of Music (the Pete Seeger endorsement). The DAFT-Tour offered an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary music. By 2005, it had been established as a prominent cross-cultural experience. As a combination of concerts and workshops, it enriched the cultural life of colleges and school campuses, attracted new audiences and appealed to a broad audience.
Participating artists were Manfred Maurenbrecher (Germany), Sandy Wolfrum (Germany), Wilfried Mengs (Germany), Ron Randolf (Germany/USA), Larry Hill (USA), Eric Hansen (USA), George Wurzbach (USA), Annie Wenz (USA), Robert Williams (USA), Rik Palieri (USA), Martina Höfer (Germany), Jörg Kokott (Germany), James Durst (USA), Judy Gorman (USA), and Rick Nestler (USA).
In January of 2000, I received a phone call from TEMPEST founder and vocalist Lief Sorbye. During the call, we both realized that we had met before in 1993 when I attended my first TEMPEST concert at STACHE'S, a music club and bar venue in Columbus/Ohio (closed in 1997). The result of our call was a concert date of TEMPEST in June of 2000 in Phoenix/Arizona. At that time, I was booking shows for Fiddlers Dream Coffeehouse, the longest running acoustic music venue in the Valley of the Sun.
In April of 2008, I received another phone call from Lief. This time, he asked me if I would like to introduce the band at a special 4-hour concert two weeks later at the Karfluki Fest celebrating 20 years of TEMPEST and Celtic Rock.
I accepted with honor. Giving this speech was one of my life's greatest music experiences.
The result of this experience was a photo book that I created, called "TEMPEST - 20th Anniversary - The Ultimate Celtic Rock Experience" - endorsed and authorized by TEMPEST. Now, many years later, it has become a rare collectible. It nonetheless can be viewed at BLURB and purchased on AMAZON.
Over the years, I continued to be one the band's super fans and stayed in contact with Lief and the band.
May 2008 at the TEMPEST Karfluki Fest
Shown here is my short speech just minutes before the special 4-hour concert started. The show presented previous and current lineups of TEMPEST over the course of the past 20 years.
2008 TEMPEST Photo Book Front Page
The book that I created documents rare images from the Karfluki Fest events and shows on May 3 & 4, 2008, including backstage moments and the various TEMPEST lineups.
The book can be viewed at BLURB and purchased on AMAZON.