Bobby Vega, longtime bassist and friend of Steve Kimock has decided to discontinue his run with the Steve Kimock Band in pursuit of a different set of musical explorations. Bobby left SKB this past weekend with a no-show at the High Sierra Music Festival. A message posted to the official Kimock website states:
Dear Family & Friends,
About 5 PM on July 4th, I received a call from a third party informing me that Bobby Vega would not be performing at the High Sierra Music Festival. No explanation was offered and repeated attempts to contact Bobby met with no success.
I found Bobby's decision to terminate his long-standing and mostly joyous and productive musical relationship with me, the band, crew and fans, in this fashion to be deeply disturbing and bizarre. A feeling I'm sure many of us, including Bobby, share.
Bobby Vega quit with no notice. So be it. Nevertheless, I wish him the best in the future and hope he moves on to a better place. I hope the same for everyone involved.
Goodbye for now Bobby Vega. We love you.
Bobby will be hitting the road with the Dawn Patrol featuring Pete Sears on keyboards, Davey Pattison and Rich Kirch on Guitars and Ernest Carter on drums.
The tour kicks off Thursday 7/12 at Six Rivers in Arcata, CA and continues up the coast to Bellingham, WA at Wild Buffalo on July 14, Quixotes in Aurora, CO on July 17, the Half Moon Café in Vail, CO on July 18, the Redfish Grill in Boulder, CO on July 19 and the Lazy Daze Fest in Strasburg, CO on July 21.
Bobby Vega's bio From Kimock.com
Photo by Mac
Accomplished bassist Bobby Vega began his professional career at age 16 with Sly and the Family Stone. With more than 100 albums to his credit, he continues to explore new ground; first co-founding KVHW in the late 90's and now teaming up with Kimock once again in the Steve Kimock Band. His musical craft continues to develop into a complex and heady blend of rhythm & blues, rock, funk and improvisational jazz. He is instrumental in laying down thick grooves as well as being a driving force in the projects he's involved in. Born in San Francisco, Vega has significantly contributed to the city's rich musical heritage. Originally acclaimed for his funky style, Vega's reputation as a creative force has taken him into many other musical arenas. A connoisseur of the instrument, he has been called "the Jaco Pastorius of the 90's".
Vega has performed worldwide and recorded with such greats as Billy Preston, Paul Butterfield, Baba Olatunji, Joan Baez, Bob Weir, Kitaro and many, many others. In 1984, Zero invited Bobby on board and he performed with them for 16 years, while continuing to work with other artists including Etta James, Mickey Hart, Jefferson Starship, Santana, & Jerry Garcia. An accomplished composer, he collaborated on various movie soundtracks, including the documentary film, "Vietnam, a Television History," the Francis Ford Coppola Film, "One from the Heart," and even appears on Sega's video game, "Sonic, The Hedgehog III." In 1997, Vega released a solo album titled, "Down the Road", with special guest performances by The Turtle Island String Quartet, David Giribaldi, Airto Moreira, & Steve Kimock. Laying down a solid foundation for whatever the future may hold, Bassist Bobby Vega is as solid as a rock.