July 21st, 2014
Photos and words by Natalia Samman
Quick! Think of your top five favorite things: if bluegrass, dancing, beaches, moonlight, and adorable fiddle players aren’t on that list, then we probably aren’t friends, and you’re probably on the wrong website. If they were on the list, then the bluegrass get-down falling coincidentally on the rare “Supermoon” last Saturday night was heaven on earth. On Saturday, July 12th, 2014 Railroad Earth and Yonder Mountain String Band with Allie Kral rocked the final night of their nearly three week tour in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.
The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom is a historic site whose rustic wooden beams and floorboards have vibrated with the chords of such legends as Led Zepplin, B.B. King, Janis Joplin, and Phish. Through the open doors, one could see beyond the boardwalk to the ocean waves and the epic Supermoon glowing luminously above it all.
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July 8th, 2014
Grateful to be Cheesy
Welcome to the ocean of my head… the Rainbow Serpent sings as I’m Untying the Knot as we get One Step Closer. There are Good Times Around the Bend and soon we’ll be drinking Whiskey for Breakfast as we Climb our Way Back Home into the beautiful Colorado Bluebird Sky. I’ve travelled through the Ring of Fire and the Cold Rain and Snow. I’m ready to Pack it Up and feel the Rhythm of the Road, leave my Footprints and Sing a New Song. We’ll be On The Road to Las Vegas, we’ll see the Desert Dawn, and if we hear Sirens, well…we Can’t Stop Now. Can’t Wait Another Day to be in San Jose looking out our Hotel Window as the Rain falls from the Black Clouds. Galactic Glory Chords play Just One Story, Sweet Melinda says we must keep our heads up and leave for Shantytown by tomorrow night. Next we’ll head Up The Canyon to Windy Mountain, Bam! Look at Where We Are, So Far From Home. It was the Best Feeling in the world. If we Open Wide and hear that Joyful Sound of the Water Colliding with the Jellyfish, we’ll fall into the Rivertrance. Love is Like A Train, kinda like a White Freightliner, I tell ya man, It Is What It Is. Soon I’ll be Sitting On Top of the World, Rollin’ in my Sweet Baby’s Arms, of course after Doin’ My Time. When together again Let’s Go Outside and just watch the sun Shine. We’ll put on some Grateful Dead and Smile! Johnny Cash don’t smoke hash, but Rosie and Daryl do! I sit on this Barstool After Midnight and ask myself, Who Am I? Seems this experience has taken me Round the Wheel and looked through the Looking Glass at Ms. Brown’s Teahouse down in the Valley of the Jig. Well it’s Late in the Evening and I’ve Got a Song In My Head, you might be Missin’ Me while reading this, but look at the bright side, soon we’ll be headed down to Shakedown Street!
June 2nd, 2014
Photos by Natalia Samman
Review by Natalia Samman & Jeremy Lach
It goes without saying that festivals are the closest thing to heaven on Earth if you’re a lover of music, camping, and general merriment. But these days, even festi-heaven has its drawbacks: the buzzkill of face-planted partiers, hustlers trying to make a buck every ten minutes, missing entire sets for a half hour walk between campsites and stages, and sticky-fingered sketchballs who forgot to pack their morality. But fear not, festie-friends! Delfest is tiny slice of heaven free of all that mess, a place where twang will soothe the soul, a veritable Eden of all that is right with the world.
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April 21st, 2014
SCI is returning to the Georgia Theatre this May. Here’s your chance to win a ticket to the sold out Friday show!
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February 24th, 2014
Here’s the skinny on the shows from this past week in Mexico!
2/20/2014 Hard Rock Hotel – Riviera Maya, Mexico
Margaritaville, Come As You Are, Song In My Head, Mouna Bowa, Look At Where We Are, Missin’ Me > Black Clouds > This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) > Black Clouds
Land’s End > Glory Chords > Can’t Wait Another Day, Miss Brown’s Teahouse, Midnight Moonlight, Sand Dollar, Joyful Sound > EOTO Jam > Just One Story
2/21/2014 Hard Rock Hotel – Riviera Maya, Mexico
Close Your Eyes > Can’t Stop Now, Moonflower, Stay Through > Search, Freedom Jazz Dance, Blackberry Blossom, Outside Inside, Mysterious Ways > Outside Inside
Jellyfish > Rollover > Bumpin’ Reel, Hotel Window, Way Back Home > Late In The Evening > Rollover
Boogie On Reggae Woman
2/22/2014 Hard Rock Hotel – Riviera Maya, Mexico
Joker, Lester, So Far From Home, Lets Go Outside> Birdland, Rolling In my Sweet Baby’s Arms1, Windy Mountain>Desert Dawn
Shake Your Body Down To The Ground2, Rosie, Sirens > So Lonely > Sirens, Black and White, Piece of Mine, Ring of Fire, Restless Wind
Bollymunster, Brown Eyed Girl > Texas
1 with Dierks Bentley, 2 with Jen Hartswick,
Thanks to friendsofcheese.com for the setlists
February 13th, 2014
I am extremely excited to see The String Cheese Incident back east for a 2 set festival appearance at the Delfest bluegrass festival. See you there!
November 14th, 2013
On Friday, November 8th, 2013 two voyagers and a horde of equipment known collectively as EOTO landed in East Tennessee to perform at Knoxville’s NV Nightclub. Before the show, cosmic co-pilots Jason Hann and Michael Travis were kind enough to sit down and share their thoughts on the directions of EOTO, the human species, and everything in between. Of course, their performance was as diverse as the topics covered during our conversation, ranging from down-tempo electronica merged seamlessly with roaring bass grooves, to full-scale tribal drumming at the end. Check out the recording or scroll down for the full-text version of our 30-minute rap.
EOTO Knoxville 2013
Matt: So, continuous evolution seems to be a theme that you guys live by. It sort of seems to be the mantra both for Cheese and EOTO. Is that – or was that – ever a conscious decision? To do that, and sort of say hey let’s continue to propel this thing. Or, are you responding to fan feedback, or is it more of a mirroring of your own personal journeys as human beings?
Michael Travis: All of the above, yeah. I mean like, with Cheese we were always progressing, you know, from the minute we started. We were never settling with where we were at, and always randomly followed whatever we decided was the thing to be doing at the time. And EOTO — same way. EOTO is so easy to modulate because we have no songs or anything to get hung up on or to make it more difficult to reinvent ourselves.