Steve Kimock & Friends Plan String of Bay Area Dates

photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Legendary guitarist Steve Kimock returns to his northern California roots for a run of mid-March dates with a line-up featuring several longtime friends and as well as a few fresh faces. Boasting an All-Star cast, with Melvin Seals (JGB) on the B-3 and keyboards, Steve's prodigal son John Morgan Kimock on drums, veteran bassist Hutch Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt), and Billy Goodman (Goodman Brothers) handling vocal duties, the latest incarnation of SK&F marks a first of firsts. Not only will this be the first time Hutchinson has participated in SK&F, but this is also the first time a Goodman has joined Kimock onstage under SK&F moniker.

It was 1974 when The Goodman Brothers plucked Steve Kimock out of his native Pennsylvania to handle axe-work for their folk rock outfit. Impressed by his uncanny guitar prowess, Frank and Billy tabbed Kimock to round out their Goodman sound and headed to California. Kimock enjoyed stints in the salsa band the Underdogs as well as the Heart of Gold Band, before forming the psychedelic rock ensemble, Zero, in 1984, and was later touted as Jerry Garcia's "favorite unknown guitar player," Now, Billy Goodman and Steve Kimock's journey comes full circle as the two are united onstage once again in this ever-evolving project.

With over three decades of touring under his belt, Steve Kimock amassed a strong national audience through his blistering guitar runs and inspired lyrical improvisations. Following five focused years of composing, recording and touring with the Steve Kimock Band, Kimock spent the last two years working on new projects. Collaborating with such artists such as Mickey Hart and Bill Kreuztmann of the Grateful Dead (for the Rhythm Devils) and Keller Williams for his recent title Dream, Kimock has remained a rather busy musician. After a successful reformation of the band Zero which included Melvin Seals, Kimock toured with Bob Weir's Ratdog through 2007 and also had the chance to join the Allman Brothers on stage for a few memorable performances during their summer tour.

In 2002, Steve Kimock returned to his home state of Pennsylvania with his family, where he is now preparing new songs and arrangements with this year's incarnation of SK&F. With Spring rapidly approaching, fans old and new can anticipate the group dusting off traditional Kimock standards and covers, as well as a full recipe of brand new collaborations and arrangements.

Mar 11- Red Fox Tavern: Eureka, CA
Mar 13- Great American Music Hall: San Francisco, CA
Mar 14- Great American Music Hall: San Francisco, CA
Mar 15- Forestville Club: Forestville, CA
Mar 16- Forestville Club: Forestville, CA

Kyle Hollingsworth & Friends Warm Up Denver

After the disclosure that String Cheese Incident founding member and guitarist Billy Nershi would be leaving the band this year, many fans were left to wonder what might become of the remaining band members.  Could they tour without Billy, or would this truly be the end of the Cheese? Likely it will spell the end for the popular jamband; however, the talent that each musician possesses will hopefully give way to new and exciting endeavors.

Most members of the band have already been experimenting with side projects and solo efforts.  Nershi collaborated with his wife Jillian to form Honkytonk Homeslice, drummer Michael Travis performs often with the improvisational outfit Zilla, and keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth released the well-received album Never Odd or Even in 2004.

Fresh off the announcement of The String Cheese Incident's final Winter Carnival at the Fillmore, Hollingsworth rallied his solo project band mates last Friday night for an intimate performance at Denver's own Cervantes Ballroom to prove that these guys are going to be all right in a post-Cheese world.

Though the audience was not as numerous and energetic as they would be at a SCI show, that did not undermine what was a superb evening full of rock, jazz, Latin, and funk inspired original and cover songs.  Kyle, along with supporting cast Ross Martin (guitar), Matt Spencer (bass), Dave Watts (drums), and Dominic Lalli (saxophone/drum machine) performed their first set with precision and vigor.

The aggressive, instrumental jazz compositions of "Merry Go Wrong" and "Play it Back" were integrated around the String Cheese favorites "Yo Se" and "Boo Boo's Pik-a-nic", as well as an exceptional cover of the Talking Heads tune "Crosseyed and Painless".  Hollingsworth has cited the Talking Heads as a major influence so it is no surprise that he and his band played this song so well.

Following a very short set break, the band returned to the stage to deliver two heavy funk tunes "The Crusade" and "Skin It Back", complete with jazz interludes similar to the style of The Greyboy AllStars or Tower of Power.  These songs led to the Kyle-penned "Don't Say", a song long played in the live SCI repertoire and recorded on Never Odd or Even.  It began slow and low, like a ballad sung by a heart-broken man, but then quickly changed gears into one of the hottest jams of the evening, clocking in at nearly ten minutes long.

Hollingsworth's pension for playing his influences and favorites continued as the band performed an excellent cover of Beck's "New Pollution", drawing exuberant cheers from the rollicking audience.  This gave way to the set closing rendition of "Bam!", also a String Cheese fan favorite.  Kyle was pounding away on his Hammond while his band helped lay down the funk.  An extended jam with "Shakedown Street" teases left the Colorado faithful reeling with excitement.

The band had time for two encore songs, the first being an excellent cover of George Porter, Jr.'s "Metered Man", which was proceeded by their version of the longtime SCI gem "Galactic", a feel-good instrumental tune that properly sent the audience home with smiles on their faces.

Overall, it was a very well performed show by all members of the ensemble, and gave fans a Cheese-tease for the upcoming Winter Carnival, which is no doubt going to be a serious party as the band prepares for their final run and for what lies ahead.  For Hollingsworth, it will likely be smooth sailing as he has continuously shown he has the skills to pay the bills.

Phil and Friends | Boca Raton, FL

On a beautiful balmy Thursday evening on the second official day of summer, the solstice just a day prior… the longest day of the year brought to Boca Raton, Florida a scene you don't see every day.

Friends of Cheese (August 2000)

- for the Grateful Web

Who is The String Cheese Incident?

  • Michael Kang electric mandolin, acoustic mandolin, violin
  • Bill Nershi six string acoustic guitar
  • Keith Moseley five string electric bass, four string acoustic bass
  • Michael Travis drums, congas, djembe, talking drum, percussion
  • Kyle Hollingsworth piano, organ, Rhodes accordion

    Masters of improvisation, The String Cheese Incident has reached the cusp of an explosive national breakthrough through outstanding live performances and a dedication to touring. Now averaging over 160 shows a year, the band has attracted fans of all genres by mixing high energy fun with rigorous musicianship and impassioned artistry.

    The String Cheese Incident crafts undeniable masterpieces from an astonishing mix of roots musics, with intricate mountain bluegrass, transcendent Afro-pop rhythms, sensuous Latin melodies and breezy Calypso grooves that branch from a trunk of traditional American rock. The String Cheese Incident not only weaves together these incredibly diverse musical elements, it creates an entirely new sound in the process.

    This Boulder, Colorado based quintet has leapt into the collective conciousness of several grassroots scenes at once. Fans of bluegrass, reggae, jambands and other roots genres have strongly embraced the creative milestone that is SCI's music, as well as the band's ability to create a relaxed, fun environment at every show, or Incident, as they are better known.

    The symbiotic, audience-band relationship that develops into a rich atmosphere at each Incident lead the band to provide a new level of fun and music to their fans in 1998 through several international Incidents, in both Negril, Jamaica, and Akumal, Mexico. More international shows are currently being planned.

    Pioneers of both music and the business of music, The String Cheese Incident has steadfastly refused to compromise any amount of creative control over its music by signing with a major label. Applying the grassroots ethic that has made the band into successful touring artists,The String Cheese Incident instead chose to launch a full-scale label, Sci Fidelity Records. The band now continues to build its grassroots empire with a website that attracts one million hits a month, an in-house ticketing service and a travel agency designed to cater to their fans.

    While the band's Incidents have become the stuff of legend, it is in the studio that The String Cheese Incident distinguishes itself in craftsmanship. Buoyed by the 1998 release "Round The Wheel," which has become the band's best selling album to date with its mix of richly textured arrangements and tight, ear-catching pop tunes, Sci Fidelity Records and The String Cheese Incident are currently choosing tracks for a live double album that will be released in early fall.

    The String Cheese Incident received the honor of opening and closing the 1998-99 New Year's Eve Celebration at the Kaiser Auditorium in Oakland, CA, with remaining members of the Grateful Dead and Hot Tuna. The band's success on a massive U.S. tour in the spring of 1999 culminated in three sold-out shows at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, and a string of sold out shows along the east coast.

    In June, The String Cheese Incident returns to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival as a headlining act, where they stole the show as the opening act in 1993, just six months after their official formation. This summer, the band will also headline both the High Sierra Music Festival and the Oregon Country Fair. Looking towards the millennium, The String Cheese Incident will host a two-night New Years extravaganza in Portland, OR that will encompass a "world-music" theme on a scale of grand proportions.

    The creative and musical foundation that constitutes the essence of The String Cheese Incident is always evolving with the band's musical tastes and their interaction with the fans in the live setting. The albums speak volumes and the critical acclaim rises, but there is no substitute for a live "Incident".

    - Image and text from The String Cheese Incident official website,