Steve Kimock’s 2012 Spring Tour made a stop in Buffalo this past Wednesday Night (05/16/2012) at Buffalo’s “The Tralf Music Hall.” Along for this tour was former Gov’t Mule bassist Andy Hess, drummer Wally Ingram, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, founder of Parliament Funkadelic and touring member of Talking Heads, Bernie Worrell.
Kimock lead the band through various sounds throughout the night, including some really stellar funky jamming and slower more jazz sounding jams, as well as more rocking, energetic pacing at times, over two long sets. He changed guitars frequently as the mood changed during the night and we got the chance to see Kimock really tear into the pedal steel a few times. Steve and Bernie seemed to have great communication throughout the night with Kimock letting Worrell go off quite a few times on great keyboard solos, and even a Melodica solo during a Beatles instrumental cover that weaved in and out of a few Kimock originals.
Worrell even sang on a few songs throughout the night, showing that even at 68 years old, this legend still has so much life left in him, and even Kimock was absolutely in awe at times watching the funk master at his craft. At one point, Kimock was smiling ear to ear, while Worrell was ripping a keyboard solo towards the end of the show. The rhythm section in this band, Ingram and Hess were on point, with Hess in the zone all night long bringing so much funk, and drumming phenom Wally Ingram just an amazing locomotive-like backbone all night. The night came to an end with an amazing rendition of Funkadelic classic, Red Hot Momma, from 1974’s “Standing on the Verge of Getting It On,” Worrell on vocals, and each member taking their turn at great solos finishing the night on a high.
As Worrell said to the crowd after the show, in reference to Kimock’s amazing talent, “Keep spreading the word!” We will Bernie, We will! Another amazing show in Buffalo, with many many more to come this summer, and BuffaloJams will be covering as many as we can!