Steve Kimock Band
Levelz | Steamboat Springs, CO | 12.27.02
About half the people at Levelz in Steamboat Springs had never seen or heard the Steve Kimock Band perform. A couple mentioned seeing a bumper sticker about Kimock that had them wondering. The sticker read: “Who is Steve Kimock and why does he keep blowing my mind?” By the end of the night, everyone in the audience had a much better idea of who Steve Kimock is, and what would cause someone to make such a bumper sticker.
A short while after 10:00 the band assembled the stage, greeted with relatively sparse lighting effects. Although they first seemed a bit cramped onstage, any discomfort was shaken off after the opener “Kissing the Boo Boo.” My first reaction was that the band seemed incredibly crisp, and the musicians were complementing each other quite well. It was obvious that Steve Kimock was likely the ringleader of the group, but it must be noted that the rest of the band did an incredible job of creating jams and steering songs in new directions as well. Rodney Holmes in particular was on-point in adding emphasis to Kimock’s lead. Indeed, Holmes and Kimock are an interesting dynamic: the exploratory guitar riffs are reigned in with a simple snap of the snare drum to maintain the integrity of the beat and further propel the jam.
One thing that struck me about the show was that each song was performed with outstanding musicianship. While there was a noticeable lack of segues in either set, the band played with a patient confidence that escapes many other acts. Another aspect of the band that sets it apart is its ability to jam as a unit, having all four members working around a specific beat or melody, and then having the rhythm and bass hold down the beat while Holmes and Kimock lead the band through jams.
The first highlight of the Grammy-winning Holmes was his brash, descending display on the drum kit before the band jumped into “Elmer’s Revenge.” One of the longer jams of the evening emerged which showcased each member’s prowess. The next song “Why Can’t We all Just Samba” provided Steve Kimock with a springboard for his first truly remarkable soloing of the night, which worked the crowd into a frenzy. The band then ended the first set with a bang: “Avalon.” This is probably my favorite out of their arsenal, and they delivered one of the finest versions I have ever heard. The band found itself exploring a number of facets within the song before taking it over the top and back again.
Steamboat Springs was just one stop on the Steve Kimock Band’s trip to the Rockies. The band plans a run at the Gothic Theatre in Denver, culminating in a New Year’s Eve show that promises to deliver the goods. Don’t miss out on seeing some incredible music being created on the spot - clear your calendars and catch some Kimock!
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