Born in Jamaica, Queens but “raised in the swamps of Jersey,” Jeff Gorlechen experienced a night like none other on February 26, 1991.
After driving to the Hershey Arena with his college buddies, fueled by little else but Cheddar Pretzel Combos, Jeff and his fellow Penn State pals proceeded to wait outside for six hours on a bracingly cold day. Why on Earth would they do that? Well, if you wanted to see Neil Young and Crazy Horse at a general admission show, you had to be willing to make a sacrifice. And that sacrifice was worth it because the concert was simply “incredible.” Neil Young was shredding, using volume as an instrument while the feedback-laden jamming from Crazy Horse was on an “insane” level that Jeff had never experienced at that point in any of his 40+ Grateful Dead shows or twelve Bruce Springsteen concerts.
During an enthralling rendition of “Like a Hurricane,” Jeff had an out-of-body experience, watching himself watch the band. That feeling set him off on a quest to see as much great live music as possible, and these days, he tries to fulfill that mission by averaging four concerts per week. Phish, Bruce Springsteen, Reverend Vince Anderson, Wayne Krantz, and naturally, Neil Young are among his favorite live acts, but don’t ask him to pick just one.
If he had a time machine, Jeff would enable himself to see the Beatles play. Otherwise, he has no bucket list because he’s seen just about everyone he’s wanted to see, but he is interested in catching Goose for the first time.
After having founded Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery and building it over the course of twelve years, Jeff created his own company to run events and public relations for the food, beverage, and music industries in his beloved New York City, where he’s consistently enamored with the many different colors of people, the amazing food, and of course, the unparalleled live music scene.
His career dovetails perfectly with volunteering for FAN because with all the effort Jeff puts into seeing live music and building events, it made sense to marry the two together, and FAN gives him a great outlet to do some good while doing what he loves.