Joe Gallant's Illuminati Orchestra
Joe Gallant's 18-piece Illuminati Orchestra celebrates the 35th anniversary release of the Grateful Deads' "Terrapin Station" album (on this very day!) with a groove-heavy set of bones-shaking Dead tunes and sonic surprises.
Joe Gallant and Illuminati have made some of the most sensual, ambitious and uncategorizable large-ensemble recordings of the last ten years, including full-album interpretations of the Grateful Dead's "Blues for Allah" and "Terrapin Station" which managed to honor the originals and turn them inside out at the same time.
Bluesy improvisational roots rock.GT has gone down countless roads, burst several hundred blood vessels, stormed the gates of heaven and sustained inestimable loss during its 14 years as a band (yikes!). Having toured with the late great Vince Welnick of The Grateful Dead for many years, Gent Treadly continues to carry the flame - a diehard acolyte in search of the ultimate groove.
Since its inception in 1994 Gent Treadly has been a movable feast of some of the finest players in NYC. The lineup consists of one of the slammingest rhythm sections you'll ever hear: Greg Koerner on bass (a veteran of New York bands Uncle Buzz, The Joneses and Crimson Rose and a "phil-in" for the Dark Star Orchestra) and Tom Kaelin on drums (formerly of Gravity, Dreamspeak and Atlantic recording artists, The Hatters). Our beloved brother Mike Jaimes passed ad astra in October 2007 and our good friend David Berg has stepped in to fill some enormous shoes.
The band is frequently rounded out by special guests Craig Dreyer on saxophone (The Dreyer Bros., Keith Richards), Peter Levin on keyboards (God Street Wine, Zen Tricksters), Buddy Cage on pedal steel (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Bob Dylan) and Anastasia Rene (Percy Hill, Assembly of Dust) on vocals.
Gent Treadly is truly a unique act and the players are the real deal who have evolved into one of the most heralded units in New York City - offering a precocious blend of bluesy improvisational roots rock. Four out of five major artists agree: over the years these guys have been joined onstage by members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, Jane's Addiction, Spin Doctors, moe, The Band and many others.
Come on out to a gig and see for yourself - as the purveyors of the best blues-based rock and roll in the Big Apple start casting their net further, a nation of prospective treadheads is called upon to unite!