Jamband Spotlight: String Cheese Incident

Words By Greg Molitor (ReMIND Photography)

Make no mistake... the world is a better place when The String Cheese Incident is playing shows. The incidents have become less common since the group’s return from hiatus in 2009, but the reduction of shows that the band performs each year has yet to diminish its significance within the jamband community. How could it? Considering the time, energy, and positivity that SCI has put into scene, there will always be an audience for the group that has touched so many through the years...

For this week’s jamband spotlight, I’ve selected two different shows that are made special by guest performances. The first show is a classic soundboard recording of February 6th, 2000, that features the members of Leftover Salmon sitting-in for a raging second set of explosive bluegrass. This old-school performance is a great example of the band’s sound when it was primarily focused on its bluegrass-influenced music.

String Cheese Incident Live at Galaxy Theatre on February 6, 2000.

Set 1: Ms. Brown's Teahouse, Pirates, Barstool, All Blues*$, Smile*, Bigger Isn't Better > Jam*$%@ > Johnny Cash*$%@

Set 2: Nine Pound Hammer#, Minor Swing#, Molly and Tenbrooks&, Remington Ride@%, Come As You Are, Sing a New Song* > Rhum 'n' Zouc* > Percussion* > Jam > I Know You Rider*@%$

Encore: Stir it Up*$%@

* with Jeff Sipe of Leftover Salmon.
$ with Tye North of Leftover Salmon.
% with Mark Vann of Leftover Salmon.
@ with Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon.
# Kang, Billy, Tye North, Mark Vann, Drew Emmit only.
& Kang, Billy, Keith, Mark Vann only.

The second show I’ve selected is a masterful performance from June 19th, 2004, at Horning’s Hideout in Oregon. The show is stellar throughout, but the real treat is the 4th set’s 56-minute throwdown labeled “Tye North Conducted Jam”. The friends that joined SCI onstage during the marathon jam were Scott Law on guitar, Jamie Janover on percussion, Aaron Holstein on guitar, Keller Williams, and all members of Sound Tribe Sector 9. This show has become one of the most talked about in SCI history and exemplifies the band’s output that has meant to so much to so many...I hope you enjoy, and see you next week!

String Cheese Incident Live at Hornings Hideout on June 19, 2004.

Set 1: One Step Closer, Rhum 'n' Zouc, Rhythm of the Road > 45th of November, Water, Sweet Melinda^ > Orion's Belt

Set 2: This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) > Jam > Desert Dawn, Joyful Sound, Miss Brown's Teahouse, Boo Boo's Pikanic, Dirk, Rivertrance¹

Set 3: Round the Wheel Intro > Valley of the Jig > Jams > Round the Wheel

Set 4: Drums > Tye North Conducted Jam > Search

Encore: Salt Creek > Black Clouds



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