Steve Kimock is hitting the road in 2012 under his own moniker. For his first large-scale touring project in two years, he will bring along for the ride, Wizard of Woo Bernie Worrell on keys (Parliament Funkadelic, Talking Heads), drummer Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow, David Lindley), and bassists Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule, Black Crowes) and Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green, SKB). The band will be debuting new material and celebrating Kimock’s rich catalog of music more than 30 years in the making.
Steve Kimock & Friends
Whenever Kimock puts a couple of his “friends” together for this improvisational side-project, you know magic is in the air. Since it’s inception in the early 90′s, the ever-evolving project has featured a cast of characters second-to-none including singer-songwriters, Hammond B-3 players, hard rock guitarists and a list of musicians so long it could have it’s own page on this site. You never know what’s to come next, and that’s the beauty of Steve Kimock & Friends.
The quintessential San Francisco jamband, one of the first of it’s genre, ZERO is a hyrbid of experimental psychedelic rock with classic rock undertones. Kimock and Greg Anton formed ZERO in 1984 and for the next two decades the project would feature some of the best talent on the California circuit including legendary guitarist, John Cipollina, Bobby Vega, Martin Fierro, Pete Sears, Chip Roland, Judge Murphy and Liam Hanrahan. Later inceptions also included Grateful Dead vocalist, Donna Godchaux. Together they released four highly-collected albums, hundreds of live recordings, and occasionally appear out of nowhere in select continental cities.
PRAANG was born in December of 2006, due to the most unusual circumstances. Thanks to the legendary blizzards in Denver, which closed local airports for consecutive days, four unlikely musicians came together to save an almost snowed out show with no notice, no plan and no rehearsal. Featuring Michael Travis and Jason Hann of EOTO and String Cheese Incident fame, and Jamie Janover of Zilla, this project is purely experimental, instrumental and continues to play occasional performances, rain, snow or shine.
THE EVERYONE ORCHESTRA is a revolving cast of stellar musicians conducted by founder Matt Butler. EO performances are designed to span musical genres and break the boundaries of how an audience experiences music. It’s a celebratory, interactive, improvisational experiment orchestrated by a mad scientist conductor! Kimock has performed with Everyone Orchestra on numerous occasions and has this to say about his experience:
“It’s just fun,” said Kimock. “The thing that the Everyone Orchestra is about for me is the conducting. Obviously, there is whatever chemistry between the individual players. But the success of the concept in my head is how the conductor is doing, how he’s managing to communicate with the audience – the audience is part of the performance, which I think is totally cool – and how he’s relating to the band. I’ve performed with the Everyone Orchestra a few times now, and every time we’ve done it, it’s just become more and more fun. It’s easier to do, and the conducting has gotten more sophisticated, more musical, and more humorous. I think at that last performance at 10,000 Lakes, I was just totally stoked on the direction. It’s a real pleasure for me to participate in that format.”
Steve Kimock Crazy Engine
Crazy Engine toured in 2009-2010 when Kimock teamed up with legendary Hammond B3 player Melvin Seals, known for his twenty years with the Jerry Garcia Band, as well as his son, John Morgan Kimock on drums. Rounding out the quartet is accomplished singer-songwriter and cello player, Trevor Exter, who was plucked out of the NYC indie music scene to fill the roll of bass and vocals.
Kimock has also performed in a number of nationally touring projects including with Bruce Hornsby, the Other Ones, Rhythm Devils, Heart of Gold Band, Ratdog , Phil & Friends, Missing Man Formation, Little Women, Kingfish among others. From 1998-1999 he toured with KVHW. From 2000-2006 he toured with the Steve Kimock Band. For a complete list of projects, check out the Press Room.