Say Cheese: 4.20.2000

Lincoln Theater, U. of Hartford
Hartford, CT

Words By Nicholas Stock

In addition to being national "smoke a fatty day," 4-20 is also drummer Michael Travis’ birthday. The combination of both has made for some stellar String Cheese Incident shows throughout the years. Perhaps the best of which came in the Lincoln Center at The University of Hartford in 2000. The show began with a fashion show where each member of the band was introduced one by one and modeled their attire. The show began with a shredtastic version of "100 Year Flood" into "Dudley’s Kitchen."

String Cheese Incident Live at Lincoln Theater, U. of Hartford on April 20, 2000.

SET I: 100 Year Flood> Dudley’s Kitchen, Hey Pocky Way, White Freightliner*#, Blue Bossa*> Jam*> Smile*

SET II: Happy Birthday Travis*> Missing Me*> Jam*> Lonesome Fiddle Blues*^, Black and White, Cottonmouth, Come As You Are> Drums> Whiskey Before Breakfast*

ENCORE: Boogie On Reggae Woman*

*with Darol Anger on fiddle
^with Land’s End Tease

First off this recording is crisp and clean. It’s gems like this that make all the time I put into digging through the Archive worth it. The show features what Kang calls “Their Ultra-Secret Weapon,” also known as Darol Anger on fiddle. It’s a snapshot of a band almost at their peak, playing classic tunes with a solid energy. In particular the "Missing Me" into "Jam" into "Lonesome Fiddle Blues" is simply incredible. Everything about this show is impeccable and the combination of the special date with the excellent playing makes for a great look back at some classic Cheese.


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