Steve Kimock by Jeremy Scott
The Steve Kimock Band defies simple categorization. Its players are renowned artists with diverse musical influences and a shared love of stretching sonic boundaries. Their music is a kaleidoscope of innovative compositions and dazzling improvisations that range from the rush of exploratory fusion and funk, to the roar of psychedelic rock, to the whisper of a ballad so haunting and sweet that audiences fall silent under its spell. Their live performances are incendiary marathons of musical creation and on-stage chemistry that are unlike anything else in music today.

From East to West, the Steve Kimock Band make their rounds on yet another international pre-spring tour. Stretching out with a couple new additions to their all-star line-up and a number of new original compositions, SKB is sure to share their boundless enthusiasm for improvisation in a town near you.

Rodney Holmes by Jeremy Scott
Audiences come to experience the vivid musical imagination of the players, celebrate the power of sound that moves the soul, and share in the sheer thrill of new music created nightly. Widely admired for the quality of its live sound engineering, SKB is one of the most frequently recorded touring acts today.

SKB guitarist Steve Kimock has dedicated his life to the mastery of his instruments and the exploration of new paradigms of rhythm, tone, and melody. Kimock has been at the leading edge of guitar-driven improvisational music for more than 25 years, consistently reinventing his art through hard work, imagination, and the creation of a new musical vocabulary.

Kimock's compositions and playing style are truly unique, drawing upon a variety of influences, from jazz to Indian, blues to folk, African to psychedelic rock. His tone is distinctive and his sound is incomparable--the result of endless experimentation with customized equipment, amplification, and speaker design.

Mitch Stein from
Joining Steve Kimock in the current lineup of SKB are Rodney Holmes (drums), Mitch Stein (guitar), Leo Traversa (bass), and Jim Kost (keyboards). Holmes is a 13 Grammy award-winning drummer, recognized for his explosive power, graceful touch, and an unparalleled ability to play multiple rhythms simultaneously. He has performed with a diverse and talented mix of world-class musicians--from the Brecker Brothers to Santana to Wayne Shorter--and his unique approach to drumming is hugely influential in creating SKB's signature sound. Guitarist Mitch Stein's rich musical heritage and imaginative style provide the perfect foil for Kimock's fat-toned phrases. Schooled in jazz, classical, and rock guitar, Stein is a creative player who has performed with the likes of David Sanborn, Chaka Chan, George Benson, and Steve Gadd. Leo Traversa, considered one of the world's top bassists, has performed and recorded with a wide range of internationally known artists, including Tania Maria, Ben E. King, Elaine Elias, and Claudio Roditi. Jim Kost was trained at the Berklee College of Music, studied with jazz master Jaki Byard at The New England Conservatory, and has played with such greats as Philly Joe Jones, Woody Shaw, and Branford Marsalis.

After its widely anticipated release, The Steve Kimock Band: Live at the Gothic Theater DVD has also made its way to the merchandise booth along this tour. This incredible 13 camera DVD production, filmed and recorded on New Years 2003, features a number of Kimock classics as well as footage of the epic New Years Parade, "Rodney's Drum Moment," and exclusive backstage interviews offering nearly four hours of audio/visual delights.

For more than 25 years, guitarist Steve Kimock has astounded audiences with his soul-stirring sound, extraordinary creativity, and unparalleled mastery of his instruments. Isn't it time you came to see what all the buzz is about?

Upcoming Tour Dates Include:

3.04 | Mexicali Blues | Teaneck, NJ
3.05 | Funk Box | Baltimore, MD
3.06 | Starr Hill Music Hall | Charlottesville, VA
3.19 | State Theatre | Falls Church, VA
3.20 | Trocadero | Philadelphia, PA
3.27 | BB King Blues Club | NY, NY
4.29 | Showbox | Seattle, WA
4.30 | Crystal Ballroom | Portland, OR
5.01 | Six Rivers Brewing Co. | Eureka, CA
5.02 | Mystic Theater | Petaluma, CA
5.05 | Great American Music Hall | San Francisco
5.06 | Great American Music Hall | San Francisco
5.07 | Great American Music Hall | San Francisco
5.08 | The Catalyst | Santa Cruz
5.09 | Belly Up | Solana Beach
5.11 | The Orpheum | Flagstaff, AZ
5.13 | Cervantes | Denver, CO
5.14 | Cervantes | Denver, CO
5.15 | Cervantes | Denver, CO

More dates to be announced soon!


5.25 | BIG CAT | Osaka, Japan
5.26 | BOTTOM LINE | Nagoya, Japan
5.28 | O-EAST | Shibuya (Tokyo), Japan
5.29 | BAY HALL | Yokohama, Japan

If you plan on attending any of the upcoming shows on this tour, Cascade Travel and Entertianment is offering travel accommodations and late night parties for the fans of SKB. For more information check out

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[Published on: 3/4/04]

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