Incident at the Cal Neva instigated by Kyle Hollingsworth and his friends from the Motet
Before we get to the preview of the Kyle Hollingsworth Band’s all-ages concert Sunday at the Cal Neva Resort, we need to pass along some information: The String Cheese Incident is reuniting full time.
The hugely popular band last month played three shows in its hometown Boulder, Colo., and that presumably is when they came to the decision.
“I guess I’m allowed to say it because we are getting near summer,” said Hollingsworth, the String Cheese keyboard player. “We are playing Bonnaroo (Manchester, Tenn., June 9-12) for sure and (our festival) now called Electric Forest (Rothbury, Mich., June 30-July 3), and we’re talking about a run in the fall. Nothing’s confirmed.”
More on that later, but in the meantime, Tahoe will experience the Kyle Hollingsworth Band – KHB – one of the many configurations Hollingsworth has been a part of since String Cheese pulled apart.
Two members of the Motet, a funk-based band with an afro beat from Boulder, Colo. – drummer Dave Watts and guitarist Dan Schwindt – two years ago joined Hollingsworth and bassist Garrett Sayers to comprise KHB, which has released the album “Then There’s Now.”
Sunday will be the first time Hollingsworth will bring this band to North Shore.
“It’s an incredible lineup, a band of people people may or may not know,” Hollingsworth said from his Rocky Mountain home. “I’ve been playing with Dave for, since I’ve lived here, 12 years. Garrett Sayers is the new hotshot bass player in Boulder.”
The KHB is similar to String Cheese in that it might break into any musical style at any time. Hollingsworth said he might make a special arrangement for the casino once owned by Frank Sinatra.
“String Cheese fans may know me as the pure funk instrumentalist style,” Hollingsworth said. “At least half of the show (is like that) but the other half is kind of more Beck “Odelay,” G Love Special Sauce sort of vibe. There’s definitely a chance we’ll work up some tunes. This band is pretty smokin.’ “
In addition to playing smokin’ music, Hollingsworth celebrates drinking too.
He has been a home brewer since he was 16 and this summer is coming out with his own brand, Hoopla Pale Ale.
“I thought it would be really cool to connect my love of brewing with fans,” said Hollingsworth, who gives demonstrations at festivals and breweries all over the country. “I didn’t want to make something that was over-the-top hoppy although I’m a huge hop head,” he said. “And I didn’t want to make something that was just water, like Budweiser or something. So I made a pale ale that has a little bit more hop attitude but not over the top.”
Hollingsworth has collaborated with some of the nation’s great musicians. The Remarkable Elba Kramer includes Watts, Ross Martin, Dominic Lalli and Matt Spencer, and featured Robert Randolph and Joshua Redman. D.N.A. has Schwindt and Damien Hines. And the Pearl Street Allstars is a septet which includes Steve Kimock, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Alan Evans of Soulive and George Porter of the Meters.
He said a highlight was when he “got to hang with Paul Simon,” playing piano while Simon sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
Of course, the most popular band for many is the String Cheese Incident.
“It will be all of us,” Hollingworth said. “It’s never been anything but all of us. Billy (Nershi, guitarist-songwriter) was ready to be away from the String Cheese, I don’t know, I’m going to say, machine. But there’s a lot of people depending on String Cheese; we felt a little overwhelmed. With the ticketing company and everyone involved with String Cheese, the merchandise company and the record company. … He called attention to it. We saw the wisdom to take a break away from it for a couple of years.
“We’re all back, super psyched. There was never any problems between the members. It was more of like the organization. When I’m gone away for two years I’ve been doing all this really cool stuff. You realize how much bigger and better everything can be. I think we make each one of our own projects kind of shine on its own, too.”