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Steve Kimock, Bernie Worrell, Henry Kaiser + more @ Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz CA 7/22/12

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Published on Jul 31, 2012

I finally got around to taping one of my favorite artists, Steve Kimock. Guest appearance from Henry Kaiser. Live at Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz CA, on 7/22/12. Top notch band with Kimock this time around, with Bernie Worrell from Parliament, and it shows with a sellout crowd in Santa Cruz on a Sunday night.

Steve doesn't always open a can of whupass when he plays, but I think you'll find this version of 'Up To You' with Henry Kaiser to be easily as good as the one Kimock did with Tom Coster at the Great American Music Hall on 12/28/00, and that one is hard to beat. This one is very Dark Star-ish, transcendental.

First time I saw Steve was '88 when the original Zero with John Cippolina played in Golden Gate Park with Jerry Garcia. I believe this is the only time Kimock and Garcia played together live. I didn't really know who I was seeing at the time, other than seeing Cippolina in the bands Fish and Chips and The Dinosaurs and his background, and the Fat Man of course, and kind of filed Zero in the back of my head. Later in '88 I was given a dead tape with a short first set, so as filler on side B they had 'Here Goes Nothing', Zero's first album. After it grew on me from a few listens, I decided I needed to check this band out again. They were opening for Stephen Stills at the Fillmore in March of '89, so I decided to go for it. The original band lineup at that point was Steve Kimock on guitar, Tony Saunders (Merl Saunders Son) on bass, Banana (keyboardist from the Youngbloods) on keys, Gren Anton on drums, Martin Fierro on Sax, and Hadi Al Saadoon on trumpet. I remember Steve was playing Greg's Eggs, and he paused halfway through his solo, laughed, and said he was playing the wrong solo, and changed keys and did the solo over again. The fact that he was lost in the moment and playing the wrong song actually made me even more hooked. Since I was only 20 at the time, I had to ask Zero's manager (big dude with a beard, forgot his name) to sneak me into the clubs Kimock was playing. So I would see Kimock around the Bay Area a lot, he played San Rafael tons at this little bar that broadcast it's own low output radio signal of the live music going on in the bar (think it was called Radio Cafe or some such), it was down the street from New George's, which he also played. He'd play 19th Street Broadway in Fairfax, Cotati Cabaret in Cotati, Sweetwater in Mill Valley, Last Day Saloon in San Fran, and Starry Plough or Ashkenaz in Berkeley (I saw Zero with Henry Kaiser at Ashkenaz back in the early '90s, it was just as good then too). I remember seeing Zero in very out of the way places back then, I was living in Bolinas back in '89 and even saw them at the community rec center in Bolinas, with Paul McCandless (my neighbor across the street) the reed player from the band Oregon coming out and doing the whole second set with them. Also the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes, Lagunitas Brewing in Lagunitas, The Mystic theatre in Petaluma, or the Powerhouse Brewery in Sebastapol. I'd even drive down to the Catalyst or Palookaville (later on) in Santa Cruz to see him. Anyway, lots of good memories back then, Zero did some amazing new years shows at Last Day Saloon back in the early '90s with Nicky Hopkins on piano, and they played a rec center up the street from 19th street fairfax one night and just destroyed it, all the high school kids didn't know what to think. One of the most unusual shows I ever saw, Zero played Kresge Days which was a bacchanalian fest put on by Kresge college at UC Santa Cruz back in '90. I'm pretty sure everyone there was out of their minds, including me. Also, seeing Steve play in the 'Once A Year Band' back in 89 and 90 at Cotati Cabaret, where they just played dead songs all night, showed me why Kimock was the -only- one for me who could pull off Garcia licks without sounding pandering or trite. Some of the best times i've ever seen Steve play were guest appearances with the band Renegade Saints from Oregon, he has a strange habit of playing his best at concerts that are not his own. Fond memories of hanging out with Liam Hanrahan the bass player in '91 getting red eye in front of god knows who's house behind Starry Plough in Berkeley. Or that one time we crashed Pete's birthday party where he had hired Zero and Merl Saunders to play three sets, that was a good night, we even made a tray of brownies and Liam passed them around to everyone in the band, laugh.

Kimock is one of the few guitarists, if not the only that has the grace, finesse, tone, and humility to pull off playing Garcia licks.

Many thanks to Charlie Miller for putting up with my silly camera this evening and all his hard work making Archive.org the treasure trove it is.

My old channel with many good uploads is here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/phyuckyeu

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