LIVE: Kimock @ The Egg, 11/3/17

December 6th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Guitarist and bandleader Steve Kimock has been on the national music scene for over 40 years. He is considered by many to be a musician’s musician on the strength of his compositions and playing style, which is filled with fluid guitar lines and a mastery of dynamics and the groove.

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Though vocal tunes seam to be a secondary pursuit in Kimock’s personal writing style his songs as instrumentals have an emotional spectrum that keeps the listener engrossed in the playing process of his creative works. No compositions played live sound exactly the same night after night in clubs, concert halls or music festivals.

Some audience members in the intimate atmosphere of The Egg’s Swyer Theatre last month remember Kimock as the frontman for the seminal ’90s rock band Zero. Others were there because they saw him perform as part of Bob Weir’s Kingfish or RatDog groups and many of the other Grateful Dead member’s individual bands and ensembles.

With his revolving (and evolving) collective through the years, Steve Kimock & Friends (now known simply as Kimock) continually chart new musical territories ranging from jazz-laden romps and jam band jaunts through blues and psychedelic rock numbers that run from the familiar to the experimental. He’s always inventing and re-inventing himself as a musical artist.

In support of his new album, Satellite City, Kimock brought a quartet on stage at The Egg and bantered with the audience as his band members – keyboardist Leslie Mendelson, bassist Andy Hess and drummer John Kimock (Steve’s son) – made final adjustments to their gear. Exchanging glances, they launched into a mesmerizing night of tunes that flowed effortlessly off the stage, filling the room with smiles.


One thought on “LIVE: Kimock @ The Egg, 11/3/17”

  1. Stan Johnson says:

    Good to see Andy Hess, one of Gov’t Mule’s former bass players, back in the area.

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