The Group Supporting the Famous Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California hosted the Sweetwater In The Sun Outside festival at Stafford Lake Park in Novato, California on Sunday. Steve Kimock & Friends headlined the event with a collection that included appearances from Jerry Joseph along with Bob Weir.
Stafford Lake Park is a gorgeous and state park located within Marin County. The weather fully cooperated which made for a joyouslive music experience. Jerry Joseph began the festivities after noon supported by Kimock on guitar along with percussionist Wally Ingram. The trio started with the intense “Beautiful Child Of The Sun” worked “Will We Go Down” into the fitting “Good Sunday. ” Joseph’s abilities as a storyteller came via both in his songs and his banter including the tale at the night which led him to write “Giraffe. ” The Arcata, California native closed out the set by top Steve along with Wally on his Wisconsin Death Trip,” finish with a few verses and choruses of all Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed. ”
Next up was a “gospel dance party” courtesy of on-the-rise musician Maggie Rose along with her seven-piece band. Rose & Co. began with a concentration on material from Change The Whole Thing, a record she released two days earlier. Maggie’s powerful pipes were on screen throughout soul-filled covers of Aretha Franklin’s “Baby I Love You” along with “The Letter” by The Box Tops. Talking of powerful pipes, Jennifer Hartswick presented a set full of powerful vocals. Hartswick’s ensemble for its short-but-sweet functionality showcased the abilities of Eric Krasno and Nick Cassarino on guitar, Bobby Vega on bass and drummer Scott Amendola. Among the highlights was a heartfelt rendition of all “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” by The Band.
The penultimate set of the afternoon proved to be a rare performance from The Skiffle Players. Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs is joined in the group by guitarist Neal Casal, multi-instrumentalist Farmer Dave Scher, bassist Dan Horne along with drummer Aaron Sperske. Casal returned to the stage just a couple of days earlier after health issues resulted in the rescue of late-August Circles Around The Sun reveals and Greg Loiacono to sub on quite a few recent Chris Robinson Brotherhood dates. Neal was in fine form both. Standout minutes from the hour-long set contained the Skiffle Strut” the group opened , the gorgeous Casal-led “Los Angeles Alleyway” and hilarious McCombs-sung “The Law Offices of Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe. ”
The Skiffle Players Full Set Video Captured by Deadheadland
What will be the first of Sweetwater In The Suns reasoned with the Steve Kimock & Friends set. Kimock took the stage with bassist Robin Sylvester, drummer Jay Lane, keyboardist Mookie Siegel along with Wally Ingram to kick off the 90-minute performance with his It’s Up To You. ” The group worked throughout the classic out of Steve’s repertoire as star Wavy Gravy viewed from the face of the stage. Joseph then appeared to direct the group Toots & The Maytals’ “54-46 Was My Number” and “It’s All Over Baby Blue” by Bob Dylan.
Weir, a partner in Sweetwater, came out about halfway through the set. First, Bob showed his slide abilities off on a slow-paced variant of blues regular “Little Red Rooster. ” What followed was a rendition of “Stella Blue” containing Weir on vocals and also Kimock on lap steel. The following came a surprise as Bobby led the ensemble through the Jerry Garcia Band repertoire staple “Don’t Let Go. ” While “Don’t Let Go” is an uncommon choice for Weir, he did well with the tune both vocally and on guitar. Steve Kimock & Friends with Bob Weir brought the festival to a close with a The Other One” along with the “Sunday Sermon” of “Samson & Delilah. ”
Steve Kimock & Friends (w/ Bob Weir & Jerry Joseph) Full Set Video | Captured by Deadheadland
Steve Kimock & Friends Setlist
Set: It’s Up To You, 54-46 Was My Number (w/ Jerry Joseph), It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (w/ Jerry Joseph), Little Red Rooster (w/ Bob Weir), Stella Blue (w/ Bob Weir), Don’t Let Go (w/ Bob Weir), The Other One (w/ Bob Weir), Samson & Delilah (w/ Bob Weir)
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