KIMOCK  - Satellite City

Western Reserve Folk Arts Association presents

KIMOCK - Satellite City

Thu, November 9, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


KIMOCK - Satellite City
KIMOCK  - Satellite City
KIMOCK Hits the Road with New Record

There’s no better way to celebrate the release of new recorded music (Satellite City, produced by Dave Schools, will be out in October—more on that later) than to go play it.
We’re pleased to announce that KIMOCK will commemorate their upcoming album release with a November tour featuring Steve Kimock, guitar; John Morgan Kimock, drums; Leslie Mendelson, vocals, multi-instruments; Andy Hess, bass; Gov’t Mule, Black Crowes, John Scofield). Initially assembled to perform the music of Steve’s acclaimed solo release Last Danger of Frost, KIMOCK has catalyzed an extraordinary burst of song-writing creativity that has yielded a new record, Satellite City.
It’s gorgeous music, weaving together Steve’s exquisite tone and inspired melodies, John Morgan’s superb time-keeping as well as inventive samples and ambience, Leslie Mendelson’s elegant voice and Hess’s rock-solid bass.
This is going to be special.

11/1 Weds. Daryl’s House, Pawling, NY
11/2 Thur. Highline Ballroom, NYC
11/3 Fri. Swyer Theatre, Albany
11/4 Sat. Flying Monkey, Plymouth, NH
11/5 Sun. The Met, Providence, RI
11/8 Weds. World Café, Philadelphia, PA
11/9 Thurs. The Kent Stage, Kent, OH

Who is Steve Kimock?
With his newest album, Satellite City, due out in October, Steve Kimock’s latest collaboration, KIMOCK, adds fresh elements of pop and electronica in a romantic exploration, to his multi-decade reputation as a blazing psychedelic guitarist versatile enough to touch almost all aspects of American music. Whether with Parliament/Funkadelic co-founder Bernie Worrell, Jorma Kaukonen, all the living former members of the Grateful Dead, Little Feat, the Allman Brothers, Taj Mahal, or his solo acoustic project Last Danger of Frost, Steve Kimock has proved himself a master of fluid improvisation for over four decades, in the process inspiring music fans with his transcendent guitar speak voiced through electric, acoustic, lap and pedal steel guitars.
While one can say that his genre is rock, no one niche has ever confined him. Instead, through the years, he’s explored various sounds and styles based on what’s moved him at the time, whether it’s blues or jazz; funk or folk; psychedelic or boogie; gypsy or prog-rock; traditional American or world fusion.
Threaded through this expansive and highly nuanced musical landscape is Kimock’s signature sound, the prodigious product of his ability to articulate crystal-clear tone, melody and emotion into intricately woven music crafted with technical brilliance. His passion and devotion to performing live is matchless, and his unparalleled ability to embrace and capture his audiences musically is the stuff of legend.
Kimock co-founded the jazz/rock band Zero in the ‘80s and KVHW in the ‘90s; since then, he has recorded and toured in various outfits under his own name. His collaborations with assorted band mates and groups have provided an everlasting wellspring of inspiration for the guitarist, and he has shared the stage with a seemingly endless array of international musical luminaries. After more than 40 years on stage, Kimock is more committed than ever to a jubilant spirit of musical diversity — the same spirit that has fed his desire to pursue an authentic relationship with the guitar since the day he realized his calling.
Born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he was inspired by the instruments that filled the home of his folk-singing aunt, Dorothy Siftar. Then a cousin showed him some licks on a beautiful Gold Top Les Paul. Soon Steve got his own guitar, a $10 acoustic that he began playing 12 hours a day, every day. He’s still at it.
After playing in a series of high school bands, Kimock moved to northern California in 1974. His first home was directly behind the Ali Akbar Khan School of Music, and every morning he awoke to the sound of sarods and sitars, sparking his interest in the music of other cultures that colors his own compositions to this day. After being part of various bands, including the short-lived Heart of Gold Band with former Grateful Dead members Keith and Donna Godchaux and drummer Greg Anton, in 1984 he and Anton co-founded Zero, an instrumental psychedelic jazz/rock/blues band that also had saxman Martin Fierro, bassist Bobby Vega, keyboardist Pete Sears and Nicki Hopkins (who were eventually succeeded by Chip Roland), and former Quicksilver Messenger Service guitarist John Cipollina. It was during the Zero era that Kimock would define his fluid style of melodious improvisation. By 1992, Zero was regarded as one of the marquee Bay Area bands and architects of the infant jam band genre.
While still performing with Zero, Kimock began to explore new terrain with the looser, bluesier Steve Kimock & Friends, an ever-evolving project that continues to feature a cast of acclaimed singer- songwriters, Hammond B-3 players, rock guitarists and numerous other serious players Kimock has befriended along the way. Late in the century it was succeeded by KVHW, a much lauded though short-lived quartet comprised of himself, Zero bassist Vega, drummer Alan Hertz, and former Frank Zappa sideman Ray White. In February 2000, KVHW morphed into the Steve Kimock Band, which featured Kimock and Vega along with a rotating crew of guitarists and drummers. In 2009, he formed the upbeat, gospel-influenced, soul-rock band Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, which featured legendary Hammond B3 player Melvin Seals and Kimock’s son, John Morgan Kimock, on drums.
Once touted by Jerry Garcia as his “favorite unknown guitar player,” Kimock has also performed as part of Bob Weir’s Kingfish and toured in both 2007 and 2014 with Bob Weir’s band RatDog and recently as a featured member of Bob Weir’s Campfire Band, in addition to post-Grateful Dead ensembles including The Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends, and the Rhythm Devils featuring Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.
In 2014, Kimock followed with the return of a rollicking, revamped Steve Kimock & Friends, widely regarded as the most exciting iteration of Kimock’s rock/dance band outfit since its inception. The ensemble, featuring bassist Vega, Dead & Company keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, drummers Bill Vitt, Jay Lane, John Morgan Kimock, Wally Ingram, guitar ace Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, and singer/multi-instrumentalist Leslie Mendelson, hit a joyous crescendo during the Dead’s 50th anniversary year, thrilling music lovers with great grooves and carrying on a musical legacy in a jubilant atmosphere. Kimock continues to elevate audiences with SK&F and more recently, has been a leader for Voodoo Dead, a project that has included a who’s who of the Grateful Dead extended family with sold-out shows from New Orleans to the East Coast.
In 2015, Steve holed up in a barn/studio for a winter with an engineer and a fair number of acoustic guitars. The retreat yielded Last Danger of Frost, an introspective and brilliant record. He organized the band KIMOCK (Steve, Bobby Vega on bass, John Morgan Kimock on drums, Leslie Mendelson on vocals and various instruments) to perform that music. As they played, their creative juices began to flow, and soon they (Steve, John Morgan, and Leslie) were writing new songs. The end result, Satellite City, will release in October 2017, and KIMOCK will resume the road in November.
Dubbed “The Guitar Monk” by Relix magazine, Kimock is driven by the knowledge that there is always more to discover – that and the fact that he loves guitar too much to do anything else.
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240