Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Kevin Kalicki has been recording and touring in Europe for most of the past decade, but his roots are in Niagara County.
The Pendleton native, a prolific musician working under the name “Kevin K,” played some of his first shows at bars in Lockport and Olcott when he was much too young to be a patron.
“I used to play at bars when I was 16, but I looked 12. I wore platform shoes and drew a mustache on myself with eyeliner,” Kalicki laughed. “I’d have to stay outside between sets because I was too young to be in the bar.”
Kalicki and his brother Alan also played school dances at Starpoint High School, of which Kalicki is a 1976 graduate.
The brothers started music lessons, Alan playing guitar and Kevin playing drums, as adolescents, and they went on to found punk/new wave band The Toys (later known as The New Toys) in the mid 1970s. The Toys opened for acts including The Ramones and Pat Benetar.
After moving to New York in the 1980s, the Kalicki brothers formed The Lone Cowboys and later The Road Vultures. They performed together until Alan’s death in 1996.
Kevin Kalicki, who’s been playing guitar in addition to drums since the 1990s, is currently signed to labels in France and Germany. He dedicated his 25th CD release, Allies, to his father Alvin, a World War II veteran.
“My dad was drafted in 1943 and served in the Pacific theater under Gen. MacArthur,” Kalicki said.
Alvin Kalicki was part of several amphibious landings in the area by U.S. troops and was part of the clean-up effort in Hiroshima and Nagasaki soon after United States dropped atomic bombs on those cities. The soldier had no protective gear at the site, and though he is now 89 years old and still active, he has been treated for conditions possibly related to radiation exposure.