The first annual Sweetwater Music Hall Festival
Sweetwater in the Sun
Bob Weir, Steve Kimock & Friends, The Skiffle Players with Neal Casal & Cass McCombs, Jennifer Hartswick Band, Maggie Rose, Jerry Joseph, Little Folkies Family Band, Irena Eide, Arann Harris & the Farm Band
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Doors: 11:00 am / Show: 12:00 pm (event ends at 7:00 pm)Stafford Lake Park
$120 VIP/$85 Adults/$35 Children 12 & under (plus fees).
This event is all ages
Join us at beautiful Stafford Lake Park in Novato for a full day of live music, food, drink, & family fun with:
Bob Weir, Steve Kimock & Friends
The Skiffle Players
Jennifer Hartswick Band
Jerry Joseph & Steve Kimock Duo
Kids Grove Stage with music from:
Little Folkies Family Band featuring Irena Eide
Arann Harris & the Farm Band
plus face painting, magic, and arts & crafts!
Rain or shine. Lineup subject to change.https://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/event/1734190/
In 2007, the Grateful Dead, one of the first cult acts in music, was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The peace-loving, daisy-smelling youth that once swarmed Dead shows, a.k.a. "Deadheads," have become the stock-broking, suit wearing, SUV-driving dads, moms, and grandparents who come see Weir to remember the days of freedom and hope, if just for a couple of songs.
In a review of one of Weir's recent solo acoustic performances in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, The Times-Leader raved "the audience cheered wildly at the first few notes of the instrumental intro, then heartily sang every word. Weir may have been the only one in the entire theater still seated as the first tune rang out." Jambands.com noted in a review of Weir's concert in Phoenix last year that "the solo form brought out new depth and parable."
Threaded through this expansive and highly nuanced musical landscape is Kimock’s signature sound, the prodigious product of his ability to articulate crystal-‐clear tone, melody and emotion into intricately woven music crafted with technical brilliance. His passion and devotion to performing live is matchless, and his unparalleled ability to embrace and capture his audiences musically is the stuff of legend.
Kimock co-‐founded the jazz/rock band Zero in the ‘80s and KVHW in the ‘90s; since then, he has recorded and toured in various outfits under his own name. His collaborations with assorted band mates and groups have provided an everlasting wellspring of inspiration for the guitarist, and he has shared the stage with a seemingly endless array of international musical luminaries. After more than 40 years on stage, Kimock is more committed than ever to a jubilant spirit of musical diversity — the same spirit that has fed his desire to pursue an authentic relationship with the guitar since the day he realized his calling.
Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1955, as a preteen Kimock spent plenty of time at the home of his aunt, Dorothy Siftar, a folk singer who played the Philadelphia Folk Festival with Pete Seeger and had an abundance of stringed and percussive instruments in her home. Around this time, Steve’s cousin Kenny returned from military service overseas and taught Kimock his first rock ‘n roll licks on a beautiful Gold Top Les Paul (which, incidentally and decades later, Kimock now owns). It wasn’t long until Kimock got his own guitar, a $10 acoustic that he began playing 12 hours a day, every day, and it changed his life forever.
After playing in a series of high school bands, Kimock joined the Goodman Brothers Band, which first moved to northern California in 1974. Steve’s first home was a cabin in Marin, directly behind the Ali Akbar Khan School of Music. Every morning he woke to the sound of sarods and sitars, sparking his interest in the music of other cultures that colors his own compositions to this day.
Kimock fell in with the Bay Area’s local music scene and began playing in a variety of outfits, including the salsa band The Underdogs (with flautist/saxophonist Martin Fierro). In 1979 he joined the short-‐lived Heart of Gold Band with Grateful Dead members Keith and Donna Godchaux and drummer Greg Anton.
In 1984, Kimock and Anton co-‐founded Zero, an instrumental psychedelic jazz/rock/blues band that also included former Underdogs bandmate Fierro, bassist Bobby Vega, keyboardist Pete Sears (who was eventually succeeded by Chip Roland), and former Quicksilver Messenger Service guitarist John Cipollina. It was during the Zero era that Kimock would define his fluid style of melodious improvisation.
By 1992, Zero was regarded as one of the marquee Bay Area bands and architects of the infant jam band genre. The band began working with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and added vocalist Judge Murphy before going on an extended hiatus in the late ‘90s. During their initial time together, Zero released five albums including 1987’s debut Here Goes Nothin’; 1990’s Nothin’ Goes Here; 1991’s live effort Live: Go Hear Nothin’; the band’s 1994 major label debut, the live album Chance in a Million; and 1997’s self-‐titled studio album, along with hundreds of live recordings.
While still performing with Zero, Kimock began to explore new terrain with the looser, bluesier Steve Kimock & Friends, an ever-‐evolving project that continues to feature a cast of acclaimed singer-‐ songwriters, Hammond B-‐3 players, rock guitarists and numerous other serious players Kimock has befriended along the way.
Kimock spent the end of the century with KVHW, a much lauded though short-‐lived quartet comprised of himself, Zero bassist Vega, drummer Alan Hertz, and former Frank Zappa sideman Ray White. KVHW toured nationally from January 1998 through December 1999, playing a repertoire that consisted of original compositions and songs from Kimock’s previous bands, as well as a number of Frank Zappa covers.
In February 2000, KVHW morphed into the Steve Kimock Band, which featured Kimock and Vega (who was succeeded by Alphonso Johnson in 2001), along with a rotating crew of guitarists and drummers. Eventually, the lineup solidified with drummer Rodney Holmes and guitarist Mitch Stein. In 2001, they released Live in Colorado, followed by the 2002 double live album, East Meets West (culled from shows in San Francisco and Japan); and in 2004, the double live album, Live in Colorado, Vol. II. In 2005, the Steve Kimock Band released the lauded studio album, Eudemonic and toured nationally, anchored by Kimock and Holmes with keyboardist Robert Walter (20th Congress, Greyboy Allstars) and bassist Reed Mathis (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Tea Leaf Green).
In 2009, he formed the upbeat, gospel-‐influenced, soul-‐rock band Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, which featured legendary Hammond B3 player Melvin Seals; Kimock’s son, John Morgan Kimock, on drums; and accomplished singer-‐songwriter and cello player, Trevor Exter, who was plucked out of the NYC indie music scene to fill the role of bass and vocals. In 2010, Steve & John Kimock continued their collaboration for the 10th anniversary of the sold-‐out New York Guitar Festival, where they scored a silent film (Buster Keaton’s Cops), sharing the bill with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver).
Once touted by Jerry Garcia as his “favorite unknown guitar player,” Kimock has also performed as part of Bob Weir’s Kingfish and toured in both 2007 and 2014 with RatDog, in addition to post-‐Grateful Dead ensembles including The Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends, and the Rhythm Devils featuring Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. The guitarist has recorded and toured with Bruce Hornsby and worked extensively with Merl Saunders. Additionally, he has shared the stage with The Allman Brothers, Angélique Kidjo, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Miles, Derek Trucks, Elvin Bishop, George Porter Jr., Grace Potter, Grace Slick, Joe Satriani, Jorma Kaukonen, Keller Williams, Little Feat, Nicky Hopkins, Norton Buffalo, Papa John Creach, Peter Frampton, all members of Phish, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Stephen Perkins, Steve Winwood, Taj Mahal, Todd Rundgren and Warren Haynes, among many others.
While Kimock’s curiosity and openness to the array of great musicians with whom he surrounds himself is nothing short of astonishing, the music he made with his brothers in Zero feels like a return to the comforts of home. In 2006, Kimock and Anton reunited Zero, touring until the death of Fierro in March 2008. In March 2011, the band reunited for the 20th anniversary of the Chance in a Million recording sessions at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, as a benefit for Murphy, who was battling a grave illness. After more than 30 years since forming, Zero carries on today, as the band plays select shows and benefit performances in the Bay Area.
In 2012, Kimock took the helm once again and hit the road with a new lineup, including Parliament Funkadelic/Talking Heads, Hall of Famer Bernie Worrell, drummer Wally Ingram, and bassist Andy Hess. The band played new original material while celebrating Kimock’s rich catalog of music. Kimock released a digital free live EP of the band.
After taking some time away from his own band as part of Bob Weir’s Ratdog from 2013 to 2014, Kimock followed with the return of a rollicking, revamped Steve Kimock & Friends, widely regarded as the most exciting iteration of Kimock’s rock/dance band outfit since its inception. The ensemble, featuring bassist Vega, drummers Bill Vitt, Jay Lane and John Morgan Kimock, Dead & Company keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, guitar ace Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, and singer Leslie Mendelson, hit a joyous crescendo during the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary year, thrilling music lovers with great grooves and carrying on a musical legacy in a jubilant atmosphere.
Though he still devotes countless hours to refining his craft, playing his instrument has never been enough for a man coined “The Guitar Monk” by Relix magazine. The result onstage is the culmination of Kimock’s dedication to the technical intricacies of both guitars and amplifiers. Going all the way from the fundamentals of musical theory to the most scientific details of the sound-‐production process, there are few stones Kimock has yet to turn. Driving him forward is the knowledge that there is always more to discover – that and the fact that he loves guitar too much to do anything else.
These five Skifflers have found a common bond in the belief that handmade music is in short supply these days. Made by the people, for the people and delivered to the people via an astrological and metaphorical horse and buggy that skiffles through the cosmos direct to your turntable. What you hold in your hands was founded in a land of enchantment in fall 2013, cultivated in design and conception throughout 2014, and performed live in the studio with no digital trickery in 2015.
Barrel aged to perfection, we present to you the straight skifflin’ extract. Pure unadulterated, non-filtered west coast golden goodness. With some ballads old, some brand new, and the whole history of the human condition in song to draw from, The Skiffle Players show no sign of relenting, for they have tapped into something great and mighty and true... a roaring river of living memory , always flowing, waiting there to be discovered when we, humankind, need it most.
So come Skiffle with us. Give yourself to the Great Story, the voices of the land in the grand pageant of all times and places, living memory imprinted into the songs themselves...The skiffle has always been and shall endure, and is here once more.
Jennifer's live performances are renowned as spontaneous, joyful and contagious. Her natural charisma and sincerity shines through, and each performance is a celebration of musical collaboration; the camaraderie between Jennifer and her band mates is always visible. And whether she is wailing on the trumpet or singing an intimate vocal solo, her performance is all part of a single seamless instrument, one that is played not only with astounding technical proficiency, but also with sensitivity, conviction and heart.
The full-length LP will feature 12 songs, 12 live music videos, a 60 minute documentary and a sound that is best described by the following quote from 'Rolling Stone':
“Maggie Rose has come into her own with this current earth-conscious, trippy country-soul stage of her ever-evolving musical persona...Rose's performances [during CMA Fest and Bonnaroo] showed her embracing her inner soul diva, belting with fire on ‘It's You’ and the pulverizing ‘Pull You Through.’ Just to drive the point home, Rose and her band even stretched out on a swinging cover of ‘The Letter,’ doing a more-than-respectable impression of the funky Mad Dogs & Englishmen arrangement originally sung by Joe Cocker.” -ROLLING STONE
Joseph's current foursome, the Jackmormons, is the latest chapter in his long, strange musical journey that flows like glowing quicksilver through the modern psyche, where war and disaster wrestle with hope and faith. The Jackmormons currently feature Joseph (guitar, lead vocals), Steve Drizos (drums, backing vocals), Steve James Wright (bass, backing vocals) and Jeff Crosby (guitar, vocals).
Joseph first came to prominence in the mid-1980s with still-beloved cult band Little Women, a reggae-rock proto-jam band that dominated the Rocky Mountain club scene for nearly a decade, and notably helped break jam giants Widespread Panic, who looked up to Joseph and opened for his band before rising to prominence. In fact, Joseph wrote many of Panic's favorite concert staples, including such blazing epics as North, Chainsaw City and Climb to Safety.
Steve Drizos and Steve James Wright are also musical lifers working steadily for decades both as sparring partners to Jerry Joseph and elsewhere. Drizos was a member of acoustic Dexter Grove from 1995-2004, a band that performed over 1,500 shows nationally. Drizos produced the live Jackmormons record Badlandia and co-produced Happy Book, as well as performing and recording with such luminaries as Dave Mason and Jim Capaldi (of Traffic), Widespread Panic, The Decemberists, moe., Merle Saunders, Eric McFadden, and dozens of local Portland artists.
Steve James Wright has been a complement to Joseph since almost Day One, as the guitarist for Little Women and an outstanding player in his own right. After taking some time off, James graciously and expertly moved over to bass to bring back a slinkier, funkier and more psychedelic mood to the Jackmormons sound. His deep knowledge of the material and his more melodic style now combine to challenge the band to find its finest grooves.
The more recent addition of young stud guitar player/singer/songwriter Jeff Crosby (Jeff Crosby & The Refugees) has proved another prescient move by Joseph. A couple of Crosby’s songs from the 2013 album, Silent Conversations, were featured on the hit FX series, Sons of Anarchy. Crosby helps brings out the Americana sensibility of the Jackmormons sound, and his crisp guitar work proves an admirable counterpart to Joseph’s open-minded approach. And a Crosby tune or 2 has become a welcome part of a Jackmormons’ set.
Joseph’s influences are many and varied. “Columbia Record Club used to have 20 records for a penny and I filled out form after form, and these boxes of records came to my house and my parents would flip out. Those were my influences,” says Joseph. “I was a kid, so I was as into The Monkees as I was The Beatles. Then, my mother would tell you, it was all over on my 9th or 10th birthday with [Black Sabbath's] Master of Reality and Steppenwolf Live. Then at 12, it was jazz. I saw every jazz act that toured in the 70s…Herbie Hancock and Tower of Power after we went to see Steely Dan. All that and then my older babysitter bought me Exile on Main Street and I saw [Bob Marley and] The Wailers in 1976 and moved to New Zealand. And then The Clash came out and changed my life. But I also loved ZZ Top and all those guitar bands. When I lived in New Zealand, I sat in my window and read Lord of the Rings while listening to prog like Gentle Giant and Camel. Later, I learned a lot from Chris Whitley touring around Europe with him.”
Meanwhile, Joseph is steadily extending his global reach, taking advantage of the Internet's ability to find audiences worldwide with tours in Southeast Asia, Europe, Central America, Israel, Lebanon, Ireland, England and elsewhere. Joseph is a hyper-gifted American singer-songwriter finding appreciation beyond his own country's borders, an endlessly insightful rabble-rouser and back street shaman. His creative tendrils extend beyond the Jackmormons into everything from extensive solo work to rangy rock juggernaut Stockholm Syndrome (where Joseph plays with Widespread Panic's Dave Schools, Bay Area guitar marvel Eric McFadden, Gov't Mule's Danny Louis, and percussionist Wally Ingram), and a host of unreleased work.
Despite the sort of roadblocks and turns of fortune that usually crush most musicians, Joseph survives, and in fact, thrives in a way that's heartening and stirring, as anyone who has seen a live show can testify.
“I'm lucky. I work. I've never had to play in a cover band. I've never had to wear a funny hat, “ says Joseph. “Perhaps because of the lack of traditional success, I've put out about a record a year, plus all the stuff that's never come out, and it's kept me creatively honest. I don't rehash my past. I don't repeat any of my old hits because I don't have any big hits.”
Little Folkies Family Band will be spreading holiday cheer by performing Little Folkies original songs, a collection of traditional folks songs for children, and sweet sing-along arrangements of holiday tunes. Creator Irena Eide will be accompanied by bass player Danny Vitali and fiddler Emily Mann, playing a repertoire of joyful and spirited tunes enjoyable for children & grown-ups alike.
The Little Folkies song collection spans four volumes (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall) of amazing, original, and old time folk music for children. Recordings feature bluegrass legends such as Peter Rowan (Bill Monroe, Old And In The Way), Blaine Sprouse (Bill Monroe, The Osbourne Brothers, Jimmie Martin), Paul Knight (Peter Rowan Bluegrass band) and more. You can purchase the books and CD's at the show or click here to order them in time for the holidays!
Irena was born and raised in Bergen, Norway, and she has been living, writing, playing and performing in the Bay Area and throughout the US since 2006.
Her songs carry elements of folk, bluegrass, Americana, rock, country and soul, and draws on inspiration from artists and bands such as Bob Dylan, Town Van Zandt, Lucinda Williams, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Gillian Welch, The Band, and many more.
She won "best song of the month" at the Freight and Salvage West Coast Songwriters competition in April 2015 for her song "Moon In The Mirror", and has co-written two songs with grammy-award winning Peter Rowan. These songs will be featured on her upcoming solo debut album, coming soon!
Stafford Lake Park
3549 Novato Blvd
Novato, CA, 94947