The Everyone Orchestra invades The Hall At MP in Brooklyn, NY this Thursday, November 19th for a jam session of epic proportions, and Conductor Matt Butler has selected a terrific lineup for a proper blowout. (Tickets are available here)
Set to feature Steve Kimock (guitar), John Kimock (drums), Cris Jacobs (guitar), Todd Stoops (keys), and Ashish Vyas (bass), anything is possible during a night with EO. The entire night of music is truly organic and 100% original. It’s essentially one of the purest, most improvisational-driven projects you’ll ever find. Fueled by a couple of dry erase boards, a conductor who looks like a psychedelic version of the Mad Hatter, and an all-star cast of musicians, this sure to be an excellent night of music.
Take a look at the lineup below and some video highlights from previous EO performance:
With the premise of total improvisation and unpredictability, Everyone Orchestra conductor Matt Butler can never go wrong giving Steve Kimock a call. The transcendent guitar player from the 1980’s instrumental jazz/rock/blues band Zero and the 90’s KVHW has also played in many post-Jerry Garcia Dead projects, including Bob Weir & Ratdog, The Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends, and the Rhythm Devils featuring Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.
Stylistically, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more well-rounded and diverse guitar player. Kimock has explored an array of different sounds over the years with the various groups he’s played in (Steve Kimock & Friends, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, Everyone Orchestra), everything from blues and jazz, to fusion and funk, to rock and gospel. With such a wide variety of sounds to offer, Kimock is sure to elevate EO to the next level when they take to The Hall At MP.
Here’s a jam session from 2012 with Kimock playing with Everyone Orchestra at Quixotes True Blue in Denver featuring members of Kimock & Friends, Crazy Engine, Mike Gordon Band, Hot Buttered Rum, moe., Jazz Mandolin Project, Tea Leaf Green and The Motet:
John Kimock (Mike Gordon)
Drum prodigy John Kimock produced and released his first solo album when he was only 18 years old. The son of Steve Kimock, John has been a mainstay in the scene over the past handful of years, earning himself a spot in the latest formulation of Mike Gordon’s band. Kimock is no stranger to the Everyone Orchestra setting either. He’s played a number of shows with the Orchestra alongside his father as well as some of the most prominent musicians around. Check out Kimock finding the pocket during this jam on Jam Cruise 11 featuring Steve Kimock, Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic and The Talking Heads, drummer Wally Ingram and former Gov’t Mule and Black Crowes bassist Andy Hess:
Cris Jacobs (The Bridge)
Frontman for award-winning Baltimore jam band The Bridge, Cris Jacobs brings an eclectic musical background to Everyone Orchestra, having explored a variety of different genres, including folk, bluegrass, funk, rock, blues and soul. As apt to shred on guitar as he is to belt out a wonderfully soulful lyric, Jacobs is as earnest of a musician as you’ll find. He explains, “I’ve always just accepted and respected that evolution is part of the creative process. But I’ve made sure that throughout my work, I’ve always been honest. That’s the end goal, writing music that is meaningful to me.”
Check this video of Jacobs playing with Everyone Orchestra earlier this summer at the All Good Music Festival alongside members of Turkuaz, Railroad Earth, Cabinet, and The Word:
Todd Stoops (RAQ)
Anyone who’s been paying attention to the jam band community over the past six months has undoubtedly seen RAQ keyboard player Todd Stoops elevate his game to a whole ‘nother level. Besides his duties in RAQ, Stoops stars alongside String Cheese Incident/EOTO percussion player Jason Hann in Oktopus, a very funky jamtronica project, and recently spent some time out on the TWERK Tour with Twiddle and The Werks this past fall.
Throw in the cool Grateful Dead-inspired supergroup he’s played with, Without A Net, featuring Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine/Stratosphere All-Stars), Scotty Zwang (Dopapod), Haley Jane and Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green/Billy & The Kids), or is set to play with, like this All-Star Tribute To Led Zeppelin at The Hall MP in Brooklyn on on December 5th, and you’d probably ask yourself where Stoops finds the time to create all this great music!
Check out Stoops with Oktopus and Haley Jane at Gathering of the Vibes earlier this summer playing a cover of Portishead’s “Glory Box”:
Ashish Vyas (Thievery Corporation)
Supplying the groovy low-end notes in DJ-duo Rob Garza and Eric Hilton’s Thievery Corporation live band, Ashish Vyas is an absolute force on bass. Influenced by bands like Sonic Youth and Nirvana, Vyas would go on to form San Diego post-punk band Gogogo Airheart in 1995. After releasing five albums over a period of ten years, Vyas turned his primary focus to Thievery Corporation in 2004 and has been aiding in the creation of some of the most far-ranging and full-bodied jams around.
Check out this clip of Vyas playing with the Everyone Orchestra at the Ardmore Music Hall last year alongside members of Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, Trey Anastasio Band, as well as Cris Jacobs of The Bridge who will join Vyas once again tomorrow night.
The Hall At MP features delicious, quality food from Michelin star chef Michael Psilakis, so come hungry!
Tickets for the performance are available here!