Steve Kimock will host a special tribute show to Jerry Garcia in several Northeast cities featuring an all star cast of musicians from the Grateful Dead universe including Zero bassist Bobby Vega, Jerry Garcia’s drummer Bill Vitt, Furthur/RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, Dan Lebowitz of ALO on guitar, and Kimock’s own son on drums, John Morgan Kimock. The band will focus on the roots and R&B wing of Garcia’s vast repertoire.
When he first arrived in the Bay Area in the mid-‘70s, people thought he sounded a bit like Garcia. Actually, Kimock hadn’t really listened to the man at that point. He reflected, “I wasn’t trying to sound like Jerry, I was failing to sound like Roy Buchanan.” So hearing Garcia’s own debt to Buchanan in the Keystone material suggested a special run to pay homage to Garcia and those that came before by playing the material of Garcia and Saunders (along with Kimock’s own catalog) – something Kimock is ordinarily quite careful to avoid.
These venues may not offer the same funky, grungy ambience the Keystone bars offered, but the music will most certainly be up to standard and fill it with the spirit of Jerry Garcia.
Wednesday, March 11th – Gypsy Sally’s, Washington, D.C.
Thursday, March 12th – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
Friday, March 13th – Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
Saturday, March 14th – The Met, Pawtucket, RI
Sunday, March 15th – Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA