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STEVE FEELIN IT!!

STEVE FEELIN IT!!

Steve Kimock Residency: Night III @ Sullivan Hall

Steve Kimock – Guitar
Andy Hess – Bass
Pete Sears – Keys
John Molo – Drums

For the last three weeks, Steve Kimock held residency at New York City’s Sullivan Hall on the Lower East Side. The beauty of a residency is the opportunity to experience your favorite musician/group in various musical positions. Each week, Kimock was supported by a different line-up of musicians bringing us a dense Dead/New Orleans vibe his first week,  creating vibrant jams with a younger generation of musicians the second week and finally destroying the audience with a fusion laden performance the third week.  The guests were as follows:

Night I:

Henry Butler (Acclaimed NOLA Keyboardist)
Andy Hess (Govt Mule, Black Crowes, John Scofield)
John Morgan Kimock (Crazy Engine)

Night II:

Marco Benevento
Marc Friedman (The Slip)
Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Breakscience)

Night III:

John Molo (Bruce Hornsby, Phil & Friends)
Pete Sears (Hot Tuna)
Andy Hess (Govt Mule, Black Crowes, John Scofield)
w/ opening act Moonalice

Wednesday night’s performance capped off what was truly a magnificent run of music.  The heavy fusion style was deeply evident throughout the night’s performance as Steve Kimock delivered the audience what I am boldly going to have to put into my “Top 10 Favorite Steve Kimock Shows” list.  I can hear the gasps now but to be fair, I have only seen him maybe 35 times!! BUT STILL…how many can say that they have seen Steve Kimock sing, let alone sing a Beatles song?

I’ve been seeing Kimock in various iterations (Zero/TheOtherOnes/KVHW/SKB) since 1997. I have NEVER witnessed him singing… Mind = blown.. ~ Evan S.

The rock solid rhythm duo in John Molo (Bruce Hornsby, Phil & Friends) and the phenomenal Andy Hess (Govt Mule, Black Crowes, John Scofield) with the gorgeous ivory talent of  Pete Sears (Hot Tuna)  provided a support for Kimock that allowed him to showcase his talents effortlessly, to an extent that a fire RARELY seen in our wonderful Mr. Steve Kimock burst through over the progression of the night.  Steve Kimock truly shined about as bright as I have ever seen him shine!

Kimock Residency!

Kimock Residency!

John Molo!

John Molo!

When I arrived at the intimate Sullivan Hall, Kimock and friends had just began a Kimock original, It’s Up To You. The placed was packed!  I was drawn to the stage immediately as Andy Hess’s bass lines wrapped themselves around my heart, pulling me closer.  Nang Chalk Pipe, an Ernest Ranglin cover followed.  Jamaican guitarist and composer Ernest Ranglin is someone I had never heard of until Kimock began covering this song.  There is a guitar style found in nearly all ska music called “scratching” that some people might suggest was created by Ranglin.

If Eric Clapton is God, then Steve Kimock is the holy ghost ~ Josh  W.

Kimock’s slow, calculated intro into the Jimmy Cliff tune Many Rivers To Cross was an audience favorite. Sadly, there was a large group of people talking in this small space and for the first time at a show in a while, I heard a large portion of the audience “shhhhh” the other portion.  I LOVED that! Personally, I want a shirt that reads “Shut The Fuck Up While The Band Is Playing” on the front and back.  Kimock utilized his Hawaiian lap steel to create the draw that defines the song.  It was sullen and romantic at the same time. Couples swayed and smiles abounded on the audiences faces.

The jam into Baby Baby, a cover of Ronnie Shannon’s Baby, I Love You which was a hit for Aretha Franklin in the late 60s (thank you for this clarification, Mike), was wicked with Steve lifting off his seat and on to his feet with a smile creeping out from the sides of his generally stagnant lips.

Andy Hess’s bass line locked it down. Andy Hess’s bass line ALWAYS locks it down.  For those of you not familiar with Andy Hess, I suggest seeing him immediately.  He is an artist in our community who is criminally slept on, providing a solid foundation in every project he plays participant and is rarely given credit when credit is due.  The ability of an artist to hold back is just as important in certain musical scenarios as raging through with your instruments. Musicians need to remember that and sometimes they do not.  When musicians play with artists like Steve Kimock or John Scofield, they must remember to allow these guitarist to shine and not overpower them for any reason.  It’s a skill you learn over time playing with different artists.  Andy Hess can back any musician, allowing them to shine and still be dripping with sweat holding down his spot on stage with a fury. SOLID!

First Set: You’re the One, Nang Chalk Pipe, Many Rivers To Cross, Baby Baby

Andy Hess & John Molo

Andy Hess & John Molo

John Molo!

John Molo!

The second set was KILLER! A personal favorite, Tangled Hangers, had Steve dropping the fusion-y solos and John Molo’s rocking the audience out.  However, it was when the first note of Tongue In Groove hit that made me so happy as it is my favorite Steve Kimock tune.  As I inhaled the gorgeous beginning of this song, I looked around at the room which was filled almost solely with older men.  The masculine beauty of this song was not lost on a single man 0r women in there.  It’s the ultimate love song.  Half way through, Pete Sears destroyed a solo that elevated the jam immensely.  So tight!  I am going to let the video speak for itself.

Steve Kimock

Steve Kimock

Golden Road‘s upbeat, dancing vibe brought out some hoots from the audience before people fell into their own dancing worlds. Peter Sears, yet again, showing his stellar ability on the keyboard without over shadowing Kimock. Another seasoned musician who knows how to withhold until given the window to let loose. John Molo holding down the rhythm with Andy Hess was such a pairing, the two melded seamlessly together.  At times, I kept thinking they should be recording this for a live cd release.

I believe that many people’s disconnect with Steve Kimock possibly come from his lack of stage presence.  I feel you on that.  Tthere are times where he literally disappears off the stage for me but he never falters in his sound.  The new generation of music lovers enjoy a hype show, that rager performance, the necessity of dancing and lights, the Chris Loftlin banging his head, Skerik raging in our faces. But with Kimock, well, he just sits on his stool with his glasses propped at the end of his nose dressed in all black, making it look effortless (almost boring as I know some feel).  What you fail to see with this opinion is that he is pulling things off that other guitarists only dream of doing. So, when I watched as Steve Kimock walked to the microphone, busted out a killer smile and began singing Slow Down, which I believe is a Beatles tune, my jaw fell to the ground.  YES, Steve Kimock sang. I couldn’t understand a word he said and that didn’t matter.

Last night’s show was the only time I’ve ever seen him say anything to the audience besides band introductions, and certainly the first time I’ve seen him sing (out of maybe…20 shows?). Even during interviews, he’s incredibly reticent, giving either two word answers, or near-nonsensical ramblings, punctuated by nervous laughter. ~ Josh W.

Second Set: Tangled Hangers, Tongue in Groove, Golden Road, Slow Down

This third and final performance of Steve Kimock’s residency had a distinct flow of comfortableness as a result of the musical experience that radiated off his musical support for the evening. Andy Hess, John Molo and Pete sears showed us how to do things right, putting Kimock on his well-deserved pedestal as they all shined along with him.  And for someone who lacks stage presence during most of his performances, it was a wonderful treat to see Steve Kimock so spirited.

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April 2011 Music Calendar

Calendar updated daily!

Friday, April 1st, 2011

  • Rock and Roll Resort Music Festival, Kerhonkson, NY
  • (Free with meal) Juan Maclean @ Le Bain
  • ($31-$43) Amos Lee & The Secret Sisters @ Irving Plaza
  • ($43-$123) Anne-Sophie Mutter and Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony @ Avery Fisher Hall (8pm)
  • ($50-$63) Elvis Costello @ Gramercy Theater
  • ($55-$69) The Strokes @ Madison Square Garden

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

  • Rock and Roll Resort Music Festival, Kerhonkson, NY
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nick’s Pub (late night)
  • ($8) Assembly of Dust and Moonalice @ Brooklyn Bowl
    • ($5) Van Ghost feat. Jennifer Hartswick @ Brooklyn Bowl (11pm – late night show)
  • ($10) New York Funk Exchange @ The Bitter End (10:30pm Set only)
  • ($10) Turbine @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($10-$12.25) Daedelus @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($11-$34) Young People’s Concerts: The Ages of Music – Modern @ Avery Fisher Hall (2pm)
    • For Children Ages 6 to 12 Years of Age
  • ($31-$43) Amos Lee & The Secret Sisters @ Irving Plaza
  • ($32-$112) Anne-Sophie Mutter and Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony @ Avery Fisher Hall (8pm)
  • ($50-$62) LCD Soundsystem @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($62-$74) A Prairie Home Companion and Garrison Keillor @ Town Hall

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

  • Rock and Roll Resort Music Festival, Kerhonkson, NY
  • ($10) Avishai Cohen Project w/ Mark Guiliana @ Nublu (10pm set)
  • ($ 30) Chico O’Farrill and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Band @ Birdland NYC
  • ($35-$55) Chamber Music with Anne-Sophie Mutter @ Avery Fisher Hall (3pm)

Monday, April 4th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall (late night)
  • ($30) Lee Ritenour @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($32-$133) The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in Yiddish Theater@ Avery Fisher Hall (7:30pm)

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

  • (Free) Gent Treadly @ 11 Street Bar
  • ($10) Apollo Run @ Union Hall
  • ($15) Rebirth Brass Band @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) Younger Brother @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($30-$42) Toad To Wet Sprocket @ Irving Plaza
  • ($95-$295) Sondheim’s Company @ Avery Fisher Hall (7:30pm)

Friday, April 8th, 2011

  • ($25-$30) The Hold Steady & Murder By Death @ Terminal 5
  • ($42-$48) Edie Brickell Introduces the Gaddabouts @ Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall 10:00pm)
  • ($55-$60) Loudon Wainwright III: Naked Soul @ Rubin Museum of Art (7:00pm)
  • ($95-$295) Sondheim’s Company @ Avery Fisher Hall (8:00pm)

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nick’s Pub (late night)
  • ($8) Kung Fu @ Trash Bar
  • ($45-$60) David Grisman Quintet @ City Winery
  • ($63-$74) A Prairie Home Companion & Garrison Keillor @ Town Hall
  • ($95-$295) Sondheim’s Company @ Avery Fisher Hall (2pm & 8pm)

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

  • ($10) Avishai Cohen Project w/ Mark Guiliana @ Nublu (10pm set)
  • ($10) Benefit for Japan: Jamie Mclean Band (8:30pm)
    • SPHINX (7:00pm)
    • Things They Carried With Them (7:45pm)
    • Jamie Mclean Band (8:30pm)
    • The New Gallery Band of New York (9:15pm)
    • Alan Merrill of The Arrows (10:00pm)
  • ($12) Club d’Elf w/ John Medeski @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($25) The Taj Mahal Trio w/ Fredericks Brown @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Band @ Birdland NY
  • ($50-$200) Rush @ Madison Square Garden

Monday, April 11th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($20-$25) Very Young People’s Concerts – Treble and Bass @ Merkin Concert Hall (10:30am)
  • ($27-$32) KT Tunstall @ Webster Hall
  • ($35-$195) Itzhak Perlman and the Philharmonic@ Avery Fisher Hall (7:30pm)

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall (late night)
  • ($20) Ben Allison Band feat Jason Linder Trio @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Dave Mason @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($ 200-$5,000) James Taylor at Carnegie Hall: A Gala Celebrating 120 Years of Carnegie Hall
    • Special Guest Artists: Barbara Cook, Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Sting, Dianne Reeves, Members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus
    • Honorary Artist Committee : Emanuel Ax, Calista Flockhart, Harrison Ford, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, Kelly Preston, Tavis Smiley, Regina Spektor, John Travolta, Jay Z

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

  • ($7)  Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery
  • ($20) Ben Allison Band feat Jason Linder Trio @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($32-$37) John Oates band feat. Sam Bush @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($32-$117) Masur Conducts Liszt, Gubaidulina, and Brahms @ Avery Fisher Hall (7:30pm)
  • ($50) Tedeschi & Trucks Band @ Highline Ballroom

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

  • Wanee Music Festival, Live Oaks, FL
  • (Free) Gent Treadly @ East Side Billiards
  • (Suggested Donation) Tall Tall Trees @ Pete’s Candy Store (9:00pm)
  • ($5) Papadosio @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) Apollo Run @ Union Hall
  • ($32-$117) Masur Conducts Liszt, Gubaidulina, and Brahms @ Avery Fisher Hall (7:30pm)
  • ($42.50) The Disco Biscuts @ Best Buy Theater

Friday, April 15th, 2011

  • Wanee Music Festival, Live Oaks, FL
  • (Free) Tall Tall Trees @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) NY Funk Exchange @ Southpaw
  • ($5) Ryan Monteblu Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) Japan Benefit with Eric Krasno DJing @ Thompson Hotel (9pm) – scattered amongst other DJ slots
  • ($10) Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($10-$12) O’Death @ The Knitting Factory
  • ($15-$18) Future Rock @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($42.50) The Disco Biscuts @ Best Buy Theater

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

  • SUSHIOKE!!!! Two Year Anniversary – Who’s Ragin???
  • Wanee Music Festival, Live Oaks, FL
  • (Free) Ryan Monteblue Band @ Rockwood Music Hall 2
  • ($5) Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band and Brother Josephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10-$12) Spiritual Rez @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($28-$32) Punch Brothers @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($32-$117) Masur Conducts Liszt, Gubaidulina, and Brahms @ Avery Fisher Hall (8:00pm)
  • ($62-$74) A Prairie Home Companion w/ Garrison Keillor @ Town Hall

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

  • Wanee Music Festival, Live Oaks, FL
  • ($10) Avishai Cohen Project w/ Mark Guiliana @ Nublu (10pm set)
  • ($20-$25) Very Young People’s Concerts – Treble and Bass @ Merkin Concert Hall (12:30pm and 3:00pm)
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC

Monday, April 18th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall (late night)
  • ($10 suggested donation) Mark Guiliana @ Kush NYC
  • ($5) Jam Stampede & Friends @ Brooklyn Bowl
    • Featuring members of the Zen Tricksters: Klyph Black, Tom Circosta, Dave Diamond plus Mike Mizwinski and Freeman White, Special Guests: Mark Karan (Jemimah Puddleduck, Ratdog) and Kenny Brooks (Alphabet Soup, Ratdog)
  • ($20-$25) Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$45) An Evening with Cake @Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($45) Blue Note Jazz Benefit for Japan featuring Ron Carter, John Scofield, Michel Camilo, Kenny Barron

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

  • ($12) Rubblebucket @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($20-$25) Easy Star Allstars & John Brown’s Body @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($20-$25) Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($24-$150) James Taylor: Roots @ Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Thursday, April 21th, 2011

  • ($10) Apollo Run @ Union Hall
  • ($20-$25) Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($35-$42) An Evening With Cake @ Terminal 5

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

  • ($10) John Popper and the Duskray Troubadours @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20-$25) Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

  • (FREE) Caravan of Thieves @ Erie Basin Park (Earth day Event!)
  • ($10) Beats Antique @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20-$25) Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($20-$30) New Mastersounds @ Irving Plaza
  • ($35-40) Jorma Kaukonen + Jack Casady @ Hiro Ballroom

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

  • ($20-$25) Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($25) Tiffany @ B.B. Kings
  • ($ 30) Chico O’Farrill and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Band @ Birdland NYC
  • ($35) “Impulse! Nights”: Ray Charles – Genius + Soul = Jazz Curated by Henry Butler
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir @ B.B. Kings (morning show)
  • ($50-$200) Neil Young and Bert Jansch @ Avery Fish Hall

Monday, April 25th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($20-$25) Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($50-$200) Neil Young and Bert Jansch @ Avery Fish Hall

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall (late night)
  • ($5) Greensky Bluegrass @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($5-$10) New York Funk Exchange @ Club Groove
  • ($10) Jason Linder Trio @ Zinc Bar
  • ($20-$25) Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($25) Femi Kuti  & The Positive Force @ Highline Ballroom
    • W/ Nutritious (opener)
  • ($30-$40) Steve Kuhn Trio with Eddie Gomez & Joey Baron @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40) Emmylou Harris @ Bowery Ballroom

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

  • (FREE) Nutritious @ Bembe
  • ($10) Jason Linder Trio @ Zinc Bar
  • ($10) Apollo Run @ Union Hall
  • ($20-$25) Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($25) Femi Kuti  & The Positive Force @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($30-$40) Steve Kuhn Trio with Eddie Gomez & Joey Baron @ Birdland NYC
  • ($35-$81) Rush Hour: Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 @ Avery Fisher Hall (6:45pm)

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

  • ($10) Apollo Run @ Union Hall
  • ($10) Jason Linder Trio @ Zinc Bar
  • ($20-$25) Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($24) Buffalo Tom @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($25) Charlie Hunter Duo featuring Bobby Previte @ Jazz Standard
  • ($30-$40) Steve Kuhn Trio with Eddie Gomez & Joey Baron @ Birdland NYC
  • ($35-$123) Alan Gilbert, Emanuel Ax, and Mahler’s Fifth Symphony@ Avery Fisher Hall (7:30pm)

Friday, April 29th, 2011

  • (Free) Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall (midnight)
  • ($10-$12.50) American Babies with Joe Russo and Hollis Brown @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($15) Greyboy Allstars @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20-$25) Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($25) Max Creek 40th Anniversary with Union Street Preservation Society @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($30) Charlie Hunter Duo featuring Adam Cruz @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30-$40) Dark Star Orchestra @ Irving Plaza
  • ($30-$40) Steve Kuhn Trio with Eddie Gomez & Joey Baron @ Birdland NYC
  • ($35) Pee Wee Ellis, Larry Willis, & Christian McBride @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($35-$123) Alan Gilbert, Emanuel Ax, and Mahler’s Fifth Symphony@ Avery Fisher Hall (2:00pm)

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

  • ($10) Fundimensionals w/ Timbre Coup @ Crash Mansion
  • ($15) Greyboy Allstars @ Brooklyn Bowl (3 sets)
  • ($20-$25) Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston @ Village Vanguard
  • ($22) Alejandro Escovedo and The Sensitive Boys @ The Bellhouse
  • ($25-$30) Of Montreal @ Webster Hall
  • ($30)Charlie Hunter Duo featuring Eric Kalb @ Jazz Standard
  • ($30-$40) Steve Kuhn Trio @ Birdland
  • ($35) Shpongle @ Best Buy Theater
  • ($35-$123) Alan Gilbert, Emanuel Ax, and Mahler’s Fifth Symphony@ Avery Fisher Hall (8:00pm)

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