Kyle Hollingsworth Band 11.3.12
Words By Kevin Hahn
Photos By C Alan Crandall
To say that I was “just excited” for this show could be the understatement of this decade. I was going to have the opportunity to see my favorite musician (Kyle Hollingsworth) in my favorite venue (Boulder Theater) and most of my funky friends were going to be by my side moving and grooving until those final notes had been played. The weeks before this concert went by with a “tortoise-like” speed, as my body itched and mind craved for some good ole-fashioned funky good times. Reviewing the previous shows set lists from Kyle’s recent tour through California with John Brown’s Body, I knew we were in for a treat as the band sounded confident in their abilities and the funk was flowing… hard. But this night was not all about Kyle and his Motet friends, as we had two opening bands that truly got the energy going and the crowd buzzing.
Up next was the energetic, dance-party
With my excitement increasing and general scene inside the Boulder Theater getting restless for some funk de Kyle, I decided to get as close to the stage as humanly possible in order to get the best view of my musical hero. What a good choice this was, as shortly thereafter the band took their places and the crowd was ready to go. "Peregrino," a Motet staple and just downright dance party number started off the show and from the get go it was evident that Kyle and his friends came ready to rage. Garrett Sayers, Dave Watts, and Dan Schwindt made up the rest of the band and our Kyle/Motet dance fest had begun in full swing. "Let’s Go Outside" and "Can’t Wait Another Day," two String Cheese Incident staples, rounded out the first three songs of the show in a happy/smile-inducing sort of way. Kyle’s raspy vocals were beautiful for these songs and whatever he was sipping on (Probably his new beer Hop Bam!) kept him smooth and silky for the entire night. One of my personal favorites "Too Young" came next and Kyle went to work with incredibly funky keyboard prowess and his band didn’t drop a beat. A new song, "World Girl" was introduced next and I will wait until the Cheese gets their hands on this one before making a true judgment. "Racer X" created crowd frenzy as Garrett kept increasing his bass pace to lightning-like speed and Dave Watts followed suit to perfection. The band was on fire!
Tears of joy could be seen throughout the crowd as the David Byrne staple has become a world-wide fan favorite (no matter who the band playing it is) and Kyle’s band does it better than most. After a beautiful ten minute version/jam, "Ordinary" came blasting into the Boulder Theater with a ferocious guitar solo sandwiched in between Dave Watt’s ever-changing tempos and Garrett’s just downright funktastic-ness. As 1:00 a.m. quickly approached, I feared the show was coming to an end, but we still had some time to finish off those Hop Bam!’s and give our dancing shoes one last workout. The crowd pleasing and favorite "Rosie" hit the speakers and again the audience went nutty. The Cheese-like sandwich of "Rosie > Bonafied Lovin > Rosie" was a great way to end their set and the band did not disappoint with their electro-funk beats and enthusiastic smiles beaming from the stage. But what would Kyle and his incredibly talented band give us for the encore? Going with the night’s theme of his new beer creation with Sierra Nevada, the Kyle Hollingsworth Band gave us a "Bam > Taxman" encore, which will go down in my mind as a perfect ending to a downright funktastically perfect night.
As I was ushered out of the Boulder