in simple terms:
(boombox, nailed down the back room of the house,on sunday night as well)(new place: owsley;s golden road, in LODO)
There may be a DVD out soon,I guess, check http://www.kimock.com for details as to when and how it may be released.
ps: photos from show are posted HERE:
A DVD? Of what? Of Joan telling Kimock that there's no way that she's going to allow herself to be filmed playing with a band that she met 15 minutes earlier?
I caught the first night.
The ensemble was quite dynamic, with Bobby Vega and John Molo kicking up the intensity and Kimock played flawlessly, even while taking chances, in my view. Best of a half-dozen Kimock performances I've caught. "Arnie" (?) took most vocals and delivered nice rhythm chops. Melvin Seals provided the right touch of B-3 to what otherwise was a power trio of jazz jammers.
Based on the room's layout, the sound was quite good, but few if any could see the band. (More below.)
The venue, sad to report, was overrun by smoke -- the greener type in the band area and cigs on the 'porch,' which was more like a gas chamber. Overall, the effect wasn't good.
The stage was tucked into a corner of the room and because it was close to the level of the floor, about 10 people standing in front of it precluded all others from seeing the players at all -- with the exception of the front man. When you hear Kimock doing some of his most interesting licks, on lap steel, on slide, or 'straight' electric guitar, you're naturally curious to see his hands and guitar. No such luck.
This is the proprietors' sixth (I believe) emporium in Denver and it kinda showed. The place is in a half-state of disrepair and the guy who answered the phone said Kimock would come on at 10:30 pm. Instead, he went on around 10, 45 minutes later than actually scheduled (by someone else).
In short, great show, fair beer prices, kinda scuzzy joint, all of 10 people 'saw' the show. It reminded me that, although I'm 'all ears,' it was frustrating to not see anything at all. The same show at The Gothic, or even Cervantes, woulda been rated very highly by me. Still, we managed to enjoy what we could.
I won't go back to this one. If you're there strictly to talk and socialize through the music, you're gonna love it.
The friday show was especially bad with the chatting, didn't help at set break when the pa music was turned up and the disco ball was spinning...it was more nigh club than set break. Saturday was much different...definitely helped that we realized the venue limitations and showed up early to get a good spot up front...
I agree, great show, unfortunately poor venue.
Gotta say, the disco ball needs to go away forever. Too distracting without adding anything. If you need it, just point a flashlight directly into your retina -- oughta do the trick.
When Kimock returns, let's hope it's to the Gothic or Cervantes, etc. "Owsley's Golden Road" sucks, in a word. I don't get why the brothers opened it. Six venues could take 'em down.
Yeah, that disco ball was blinding, the ceiling is way too low for it to be appropriate. It was off on Saturday, like they really were courting the after work social club scene on friday.
I was wondering why Kimock was playing the Golden Road in the first place, I expect he would have a good draw at a larger venue. The nearest we could come up with was to get some name recognition for the new club.
In any case, next time I'm in Denver for music, it won't be at the Golden Road.
If that venue is as close to the LoDo/Ballpark bar area as I think it is, you'll probably always have a chatty crowd. That location would also be my guess as to why the folks that run it bothered to open it up.
One of the good (& bad) things about Cervantes & Quixotes (same owners) is that they are not in one of the "nightlife" areas. There's some effort involved to get there, you aren't just walking in because you couldn't get into another bar.
But at the same time, IMHO, the neighborhood where Cervantes & Quixotes resides, is less than stellar. It's an area where I feel less than comfortable...until I'm inside either venue.
Even so, I've found some very chatty crowds at Cervantes, to the point that for most shows, I'll be near the stage.