Kyle Hollingsworth, of the String Cheese Incident, returns to Steamboat this weekend with his side project, the Kyle Hollingsworth Band. The show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday and features a beer he brewed with Breckenridge Brewery.
Kyle Hollingsworth returns to Steamboat with free beer
Steamboat Springs Kyle Hollingsworth’s outlook on life is fairly simple.
“I play music, and I brew beer, and that’s what I do,” he said. “And I have to show up.”
But the String Cheese Incident keyboardist and Boulder resident hasn’t been thinking much about either of those things in the past month.
Mostly what’s on his mind is a little bundle of joy, the 4-week-old Isabel Bleu Hollingsworth.
His second daughter (Zoe is 4 1/2), little Isabel has added a boost of artistic inspiration into the musician’s life.
He puts the same near-obsessive passion into his beer brewing that he puts into his improvised jams. To him, his two artistic outlets are invariably intertwined.
“There’s an obvious connection,” Hollingsworth said in an interview with Explore Steamboat last week. “I do think alcohol helps people loosen up for sure, that’s one connection between beer and music. But the connection for me is kind of the spirit of how I brew and how I play music and the chances I take. It can come out good or bad, but you’ve done it.”
A crowd of Steamboat music fans will have the chance to sample a bit of both Saturday.
Hollingsworth will play Old Town Pub with his side project, the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, joined by Afro-Beat funk band Euforquestra and jamtronic Digital Beat Down playing opening sets. The show starts at about 9 p.m.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the show and are available at Old Town Pub and All That Jazz.
This isn’t just a performance for the ears. Hollingsworth will be accompanied by a few kegs of beer he brewed in collaboration with Breckenridge Brewery for the four-night BrewSki Tour of mountain towns.
The first keg of the specialty beer will be free for the first hour while supplies last.
Hollingsworth helped design the beer, though he wasn’t there for the actual brewing process because of the birth of his daughter.
The beer is a light-bodied darker beer that will resemble an IPA. They plan to use a nontraditional yeast and plenty of hops.
“We’re dry-hopping the heck out of it,” Hollingsworth remarked.
Hollingsworth said he was looking forward to his return to the mountains with his band, which comprises Garrett Sayers, of the Motet, on bass, Dan Schwindt on guitar and Brian McRae on drums.
They’ll be playing songs Hollingsworth wrote for String Cheese, originals for the band and a few unexpected covers in his smooth and funky world music style.
The Kyle Hollingsworth Band last played in Steamboat Springs for the OktoberWest beer festival in fall 2010, and he’s looking forward to coming back.
“A: I can go skiing, which is nice,” he said. “B: I love the atmosphere and the energy of the crowd. It’s the mountain crowds. String Cheese doesn’t play small clubs, so to have that right in your face, it makes the show super fun from Note 1.”
The String Cheese Incident, which rose to jam band fame in the 1990s, came off its fall tour months ago, allowing its members to dive deep into their respective side projects. But the band will be back together in the spring to rehearse for a recently announced summer tour that includes a three-night stand at Morrison’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
“On stage, that’s where I feel comfortable,” Hollingsworth said.