Kyle Hollingsworth Band Feat. Jason Hann 2.27.15
The Fox Theatre
Words & Photos By Kevin Hahn (Split Open & Shoot)
Birthdays are usually truly joyous occasions. Feasts are had, toasts are made, and cakes are eaten all in the honor of one human being's existence on this very planet we inhabit. Our pet’s birthdays are even sometimes celebrated here in America, and in a few of my friend’s cases, more so than their very own. But when it is a local musician’s birthday party you are attending, and said musician happens to be one of your absolute favorite keyboard players on planet Earth, one has to imagine that my excitement was hard to contain. Bringing us Coloradans together on a snowy Friday night is not the most difficult of tasks, but to do so in such an entertaining and immensely fun fashion proves that Kyle Hollingsworth has become one of our true hometown heroes. For this show at the always-pleasing Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado, Kyle brought along some of his favorite musical friends (Kim Dawson, Dan Schwindt, Paul McDaniel, Brian McRae) to form a tremendous version of his own evolving solo project. Joining the core group on this night were three members of Kyle’s main gig The String Cheese Incident (Jason Hann, Keith Moseley, Michael Travis) only furthering the fact that Kyle’s “28th” birthday would be a show to remember.
Along with the newer material Kyle decided to show off on this particular night, us Boulderites were treated to some funky covers with McRae and McDaniel providing a stellar rhythm section on each and every tune. “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder and “Wanna Get Startin' Something” from the late Michael Jackson had Kim Dawson and Dan Schwindt heavily featured on both. “Moose” (Keith Moseley) treated us screaming fans to his rendition of Jerry Garcia’s hit “Tore Up Over You” while staring directly at his wife who was dancing the night away along with Kyle’s wife, Tania, and Michael Travis in the front row. It felt like a real hometown throw down inside the Fox Theater, with numerous familiar friendly faces beaming directly up at Kyle in his frightening “Paws” shirt. Hollingsworth even started out the night by serving the audience (semi) gluten-free beer infused chocolate cupcakes, which came from Kim and Jake’s Bakery out of Boulder, which were delicious! String Cheese Incident fans were ecstatic when “Boo Boo’s Pic-a-Nik” and “Way That It Goes” came blaring through the Fox’s sound system, while Jason Hann showed off his immense percussion talents on both of these numbers.
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