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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).
A Musical Experience that lets you reconnect with Mother Earth
Imagine you want to reconnect with Mother Earth. Then, GAEYA is for you. Rooted in Sweden, she blends Scandinavian mystery - driven by powerful vocals - with sounds of natural ancient worlds and ambient synth-soundscapes by converting them into atmospheric landscapes. GAEYA takes you on animmersive journey to a different place for you to explore the earth by getting drawn into freshly woven webs of intergalactic pop music and deep-rooted Nordic frequencies. GAEYA invokes a desire to return to nature.
Immerse yourself in the ethereal sounds of the music of GAEYA, a captivating journey deeply connected to the Earth and nature. With a grandiose and atmospheric sound, their melodies transport you to the heart of the natural world. Each note resonates with the beauty of the elements, taking you on a sonic adventure through lush forests, majestic mountains, and serene oceans. Experience the harmony between the music and the planet, and let the captivating rhythms of nature guide your soul. Discover a new dimension in music, where the terrestrial and celestial merge in perfect harmony.
Welcome to a world of sound that will elevate your spirit and connect you to the very essence of our planet!
Celebrating Earth Day - 2024 US-Tour Announcement
GAEYA will be touring the United States in the Spring of 2024 and will be performing songs from her current EP “AWAKENING” + the upcoming EP “GROWTH” which will be released inearly 2024. All songs are interconnected as they weave a thread throughout the recordings as they go along with her mission as an artist.
She will have the privilege to present an exclusively authorized version of Ted Ström’s classic song VINTERSAGA - both in Swedish and English – an adoption of one of Sweden’s national anthem-like songs as it describes the cold harsh winter across various cities/places in Sweden but, nonetheless, gives a feeling of kind-heartedness & shelter.
The GAEYA 2024 US-Tour is supported by the Swedish Embassy in the UnitedStates, by the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, and by MALMSTEN– a Swedish company as “The Official WORLD AQUATICS Supplier (former FINA)since 2009 + Exclusive Supplier to all major WORLD AQUATICS events including the Olympic Games – is proud to support the 2024 US-Tour by GAEYA”.
- Triple Door (Seattle/WA) on Wednesday March 20, 2024 @7:30 PM - Tickets- Confirmed - TBD (Portland OR) on TBD @TBD - Tentative - Musical Instrument Museum (Phoenix/AZ) on TBD @TBD - Tentative - TBD (Santa Fe/NM) on TBD @TBD - Tentative - Green Box Arts Center (Green Mountain Falls/CO) Artist-In-Residence – all of April 2024 - Confirmed - Hamilton Hall (University of Denver) (Denver/CO) on Sunday, April 21, 2024 @1:30 PM - To Be Conmfirmed
“As one of the founders and veterans of the Folk Alliance International organization in North America, I have personally seen GAEYA perform at its 2023 conference, which has been the world’s largest gathering of the folk & world music industry and community crossing a diverse array of genres including Blues, Bluegrass, Roots, Celtic, Cajun, Appalachian, Folk, Traditional, World, and Singer-Songwriters for decades. Her performance was indisputably one of the best showcase presentations that I have ever witnessed in my entire career as a music industry professional.” - Kari Estrin @ Kari Estrin Management (Nashville/TN) - Holistic Artist Career Consulting & Acoustic Music Radio Promotion - celebrating 50 years in Roots Music 2022/2023
“It is my distinct honor and privilege to invite and welcome GAEYA on tour in the United States as one of the distinguished and emerging artists from Sweden … As the SACC Arizona Chapter Director of Nordic Relations, as well as an Ambassador for the city of Lidkoping, I am very supportive of GAEYA; she lives near theSwedish city of Trollhättan and both cities are in West Sweden. I therefore especially welcome the opportunity to endorse GAEYA and associated efforts to present her music in North America in the ongoing efforts to deepen cultural and business relationships between Sweden and the United States.”- Tobias Lofstrand, Director of Nordic Relations SACC Arizona
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.