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SCI – Georgia Theatre – A fan’s perspective

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

I’ve got a song in my head, and it keeps me going. Exactly. String Cheese opened the Georgia Theatre setlist with that song and it made me smile. Its not that I ever have that particular song in my head, which is ironic given its lyrical nature, but we all have the experience of not being able to shake a song out of our heads; wondering many times where it came from and what it signifies. Why did I wake up singing the safety dance? What does that mean? I digress. Read more…

Kyle Hollingsworth Band w/ Kang Review

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011


Hodi’s Half Note
Fort Collins, CO

Words, Photos & Video By Nicholas Stock(phatphlogblog.blogspot.com)

It was just a great decision to head out to Hodi’s on this particular Friday night in Fort Collins. The weather was nice and Amy and I rode our bikes down to Old Town for some Kyle-infused goodness. We had been waiting for well over a month for this show. It was the official kickoff of Kyle’s Hop On Tour 2011, which is a series of events throughout String Cheese Incident’s upcoming run and culminating with Kyle’s Brew Fest in Chicago. At Hodi’s, Kyle brought his collaboration with Odell’s Brewery titled “Thrilla in Vanilla”, a smoky but sweet vanilla porter. I found it to be Read more…

Hangtown Halloween Ball – Review

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Hangtown Halloween Ball

Photo by Pat Dollins

This past Halloween weekend, Railroad Earth hosted their first festival ever.  The Hangtown Halloween Ball, in sunny Placerville, CA featured three nights of music from some of the leading bluegrass and funk bands.  Friday night featured Read more…

Eoto @ The Big Up Festival 2011

Monday, August 8th, 2011

EOTO headlined the second annual Big Up Festival, on July 30, 2011.  Amidst countless up and coming bands from the northeast, EOTO stood out as seasoned veterans of the festival scene.  Their main stage set traversed the musical plane from grimy dubstep to psychedelic indian influenced melodies.  I have so much love, respect and appreciation for the EOTO team and for what they have accomplished in their 5 years together.  Nothing pre-recorded, 100% improv…The way it should be.

Download EOTO’s 5 year anniversary show from Sonic Bloom for free!

Special Thanks to Zach Teator for the photos.

EOTO – Boston 2011

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

 

This past Saturday EOTO came to town. Let’s face it, EOTO is not SCI. EOTO is a whole other beast, a nonstop force of bass with one purpose: make the crowd dance and dance and dance. Nothing too profound there. Yet EOTO shows are still packed with eager young bass heads as well as veteran SCI fans, night after night.

I was happy to revisit the Paradise and see what EOTO had in store for Boston. This is the third time EOTO has played the Paradise and it was a full house. I showed up rocking an official String Cheese Radio tshirt and immediately met up with some local “cheeseoto” heads standing in line. Read more…

SCI Winter Carnival – Thursday Review

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Ashley Sawtelle Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival 2011, Night 1: A Fan’s Recollection.

We arrive to 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO. First stop, the “lot”. I had a couple extra tickets to sell as well and only in a Cheese lot will hopeful attendees try to buy your extra for $40 less than face.  All the freaky people begin to gather – reuniting, laughing, and sharing stories from their last Incident just waiting to get their first taste of 2011 Cheese. I hear it’s the newly aged kind.

We walk into 1st Bank just in time to catch the last bit of Ott. Tribal beats flow through the air and bodies are already grooving. Ott, turntable master based out of London, England, was a perfect warm-up for Winter Carnival. I was also hoping to see Ott sit in with Cheese later on in the show, but unfortunately that did not end up happening.

And then it’s time. The 6 members of the String Cheese Incident Read more…

SCI Winter Carnival – Friday, Saturday Review

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Bill Nershi Winter Carnival SCI
BROOMFEILD, CO -  On March 10, 11, and 12th, 2011 at the 1st Bank Event Center, The String Cheese Incident, a jam-band based out of Boulder, CO, celebrated the winter and spring seasons by throwing a set of concerts known as The Winter Carnival.

The String Cheese Incident has performed Winter Carnivals in the past; however, this was the band’s first since March 2007.  As a band that hasn’t “officially” been together since the summer of ’07, it was their first performance in Colorado since October of 2010 at the same venue for the Fourmile Canyon Revival show to raise money for the fire in Boulder Canyon.  Because they play a few select concerts together a year, it makes their performances that much more appealing and special.

Anticipation for the Winter Carnival began in the fall of 2010 when rumors of the concert surfaced.  Much like most ‘cheesy’ rumors, this one turned out to be true.  The announcement was made and the tickets began to sell this past January.

The tickets themselves are unique and can be kept as a memory of the shows.  Each of the three days had
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Railroad Earth – Album Review

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Railroad Earth Album Art

Railroad Earth – Tell me, have you heard the story?

Typically a self titled album would be indicative of a band’s first album; but it only took a long walk home to recognize the sound that has been turning fans into hobos since 2001. Diverse would be too simple of a term to describe Railroad Earth’s most recent studio creation. Since Oct 12th I’ve repeatedly listened to the new album searching for a way to describe it. Then it hit me that evolutionary is more appropriate, thus the self titled name and members rising out of water on the cover. Read more…

Four Mile Canyon Revival Benefit Concert

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Four Mile Benefit Concert

Broomfield, CO

On the fateful day of September 6th, 2010 a massive wildfire burst into life in the hills above Boulder, CO. Over the course of the next eleven days over 6,200 acres and close to 180 homes were brutally demolished by the horrifically destructive wildfire. Without the timely help of the heroic fire departments, which worked day and night to contain the fire, much more would have been lost to this blaze. As it stands, the area known as Four Mile Canyon was utterly devastated. Something had to be done to help the families that that where now homeless and the fire departments (made up mostly of volunteers) that had risked life and limb to combat this fire. Thus Four Mile Canyon Revival Benefit Concert was created by the genius minds at Madison House Publicity. The plan was to have some of the greatest bands in the local Colorado jam scene host a benefit concert at the gorgeous 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO.
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TK2 Toubab Krewe CD Review

Monday, October 4th, 2010

TK2 - Toubab Krewe

I have always been a fan of Toubab Krewe ever since my first time seeing them live at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2008. Their unique sound and virtuosic jamability immediately drew me to their music. Directly after the concert, I purchased their new album at the time “Live at the Orange Peel”. Ever since purchasing and exploring this album, I had been hoping to see the band come out with some new material; and here it is fresh and hot off the presses.

“TK2” is a musical voyage across soundscapes that are exceptional and expressive for a small jam band. Throughout this new album we are given a taste of some eclectic sounds from across the world. Up until this album, Toubab Krewe seemed to rely heavily on an African and southern rock fusion sound. However, in this new album Toubab dives into realms of musical influences that stretch from 60s garage psychedelic rock to Spanish flamenco music. In tunes such as Konkeba, one of my favorites on the album, we hear a wide blend of cultural sounds that include a basic African rhythmic intro that is tremendously percussive and full of cyclic grooves. Another dynamic tune, Carnavalito, has a heavy Spanish influence that brings a whole new light to the diverse sound of Toubab Krewe. From the Spanish rhythmic feel to the intricately played Kora part, this tune has a heavy drive to it that pushes the song to a climatic peak leaving the listener wanting more. I can easily see this tune becoming a regular favorite in the band’s live repertoire. Read more…