Steve Kimock & Friends Hold Multi-Night Stand At Sweetwater Music Hall

Guitarist Steve Kimock held a series of Steve Kimock & Friends shows at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California Thursday through Saturday nights. Each of the shows saw a core band composed of keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, bassist Bobby Vega, drummer Jay Lane and multi-instrumentalist Leslie Mendelson. As expected, setlists were mixed with songs from the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia’s repertoires with additional covers and selections from Kimock’s other projects. Thursday’s concert saw the addition of guitarist Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz throughout the show highlighted by a second set opening of the Dead’s “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!” followed by a segue into “Kiss” by Prince.

Dead guitarist and Sweetwater proprietor Bob Weir was on board for parts of Friday’s concert. Among Bobby’s contributions were leading takes on Bob Dylan’s “Queen Jane Approximately” and Martha & The Vandellas’ “Dancing In The Street” as well as Dead classics such as the first set closing “Bird Song” > “The Other One” > “Bird Song” sequence. Friday’s show also included guests Matthew Kelly on harmonica for “Dancing” and Sunshine Becker adding vocals on “Ancient Astronauts.”

Saturday’s concert was a family and friends affair as Steve’s son Miles Kimock joined in on guitar for the second set and Leslie’s sister Erin Mendelson also sat-in during the show, supplying additional vocals on “Bell Bottom Blues.” Last night Steve Kimock & Friends reconvened at Sweetwater for the 80th birthday celebration of counter-culture legend Wavy Gravy that also saw performances by ALO and Doobie Decibel System. Photographer Susan Weiand was at the show Saturday night, view her gallery followed by audience-shot videos from the run below:


Setlists (via Deadheadland)

Thursday, May 12

Set One: Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright> (SK & Lebo) Positively 4th Street> (SK & Lebo) Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright (SK & Lebo) Lebo, Wild Horses (SK, Lebo, LM) Lebo, My Sisters & Brothers (Full Band) LM, That’s What Love Will Make You Do Lebo LM, He Ain’t Give You None Lebo, Deep Elem Blues DL LM JL, Living In The Palace Of The King

Set Two: Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Kiss (Prince) LM, Brass in Pocket (Pretenders) LM, The Harder They Come Lebo, Ship of Fools Lebo, After Midnight > Lebo, Eleanor Rigby (instrumental) > After Midnight, Mystery Train LM

Notes: Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Jeff Chimenti, Bobby Vega, Jay Lane, Leslie Mendelson

Friday, May 13

Set One: Ice Cream (instrumental), You Never Can Tell (C’est La Vie), Queen Jane Approximately (BW), Dancing in the Street* (BW, LM), Bird Song > (BW) The Other One > (BW) Bird Song (BW, LM)

Set Two: Blue Bayou (LM, BW), Nana’s Chalk Pipe, Hillbillies on PCP, To Love Somebody (LM), Psycho Killer (LM), Ancient Astronauts** (JL, SB), Five B4 Funk

Encore: Waiting for a Miracle (LM)


  • Steve Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, Bobby Vega, Jay Lane, Leslie Mendelson, Bob Weir
  • *with Matthew Kelly
  • **with Sunshine Becker

Saturday, May 14

Set One: Careless Love, Maria Quiet (Maria moite), Philadelphia Mambo, Tongue and Groove, Tangled Hangers, Get Back

Set Two: You’re the One > Pusherman > You’re the One, Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie, Bell Bottom Blues**, Many Rivers to Cross, Shakedown Street >I Feel Love >Shakedown StreetDon’t Let Me Down

Encore: Call Me the Breeze


  • Steve Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, Bobby Vega, Jay Lane, Leslie Mendelson
  • *with Miles Kimock (Steve’s son)
  • **with Erin Mendelson (Leslie’s sister)