Posts Tagged ‘Roots Run Deep Tour’

SCI – Aragon Ballroom Night 3 – Chicago, IL

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

String Cheese Incident 12-10-11

After two incredible nights of music at The Aragon and a great afternoon with Family Groove Company at Kyle’s Brew Fest, it was finally time for the tour closer. I had been looking forward to this night for quite some time. There is no question that this show would be quintessential Cheese and one last chance to rage with my favorite jamgrass band. We arrived a bit earlier so as not to have to deal with the massive line we experienced the night prior. Due to the fact that I hadn’t gotten many shots of Kyle, Travis, and Hann I borrowed Mikey’s camera because it had a longer lens so I could make it happen. They opened with Read more…

SCI – Aragon Ballroom Night 2 – Chicago, IL

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

String Cheese Incident 12-9-11

We arrived for night two at the Aragon to a massive line as people slowly filtered in. I was a bit worried about missing the pit, but I got in quickly and made my way up front. It was obvious the luxurious space we experienced on night one was nowhere to be found. Fuzzy people literally oozed off the floor in all directions. There were more photogs shooting the band, but still plenty of room to maneuver. String Cheese came out with a Kang fueled “Best Feeling” to get the night started. Read more…

SCI – Aragon Ballroom Night 1 – Chicago, IL

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

String Cheese Incident 12-08-2011 After months of anticipation the date had finally arrived. It was time for a Cheesy get down in the Windy City. I flew out the night before and enjoyed some of the amazing food this wonderful place has to offer before loading up in the car with some dear friends and hitting the Lot. We arrived right around 7 PM, which didn’t give us much time to wander around before heading inside. The room was loosely packed as we found a spot Kyle side and I left my friends to get to the pit to snap some pictures. There was an electric energy in the room as Read more…

SCI – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

SCI Pittsburgh 2011

12/06/2011 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
Set 1: Drums > San Jose, Close Your Eyes, Pirates, Solution, Don’t Say > Looking Glass, Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms
Set 2: Happy Birthday Jason, Shine, Pretty Polly, Up The Canyon, Rivertrance, Best Feeling > Black Clouds
Encore: Ramble On

This show fell on Jason Hann’s birthday and although I was not present, I know this show was special.  They kicked off the show with a drums jam into San Jose, and then did the very rare Pirates.  Second set featured a happy birthday to Jason, then Shine, Pretty Polly, and Up the Canyon!  Ahhh! Can’t believe they did Pretty Polly.  Looks like an amazing show.  See you in Chicago!

SCI – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

12/04/2011 Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA
Set 1: Desert Dawn, Got What He Wanted > Yo Sé, Look At Where We Are, Little Hands > Mouna Bowa, Walk This Way
Set 2: ¡Bam!, Rhythm of the Road, Water, So Far From Home, Rosie > Jellyfish > Happy Birthday Jesse > Jellyfish > Outside and Inside > Mysterious Ways > Outside and Inside
Encore: Blackberry Blossom > White Freightliner

This was a hometown show for me.  Nothing like taking the subway 5 stops to the venue…  The show was sold out and packed full of familiar faces.  Highlights of the first set were Yo Se, Little Hands and Walk This Way.  Set 2 got kicked off with a Bam! then Rhythm of the Road and then a beautiful Water.  Then there was a quirky Jellyfish, which featured a happy birthday tune for SCI’s road manager, Jesse.  Jesse ran around the stage and fed whiskey to each band member. The set closed out with Read more…

SCI – 2 Nights at the United Palace Theatre – NYC

Monday, December 5th, 2011

SCI United Palace Theatre

12/02/2011 The United Palace – New York, NY
Set 1: Cedar Laurel > Sittin’ On Top Of World, Blue Bossa, Windy Mountain, Way That It Goes, Song In My Head, It Is What It Is
Set 2: Just One Story, Sirens > Daryl, Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance, Dirk, BollyMunster, ‘Round The Wheel
Encore: The Bridge, I Wish

12/03/2011 The United Palace – New York, NY
Set 1: This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) > Rhum ‘N Zouc, Miss Brown’s Teahouse > Chameleon > Miss Brown’s Teahouse, Wheel Hoss, Sometimes A River, Colorado Bluebird Sky > Rollover > Colorado Bluebird Sky
Set 2: Let’s Go Outside, Restless Wind > On The Road, Betray The Dark > Drums, Joyful Sound > National Anthem > Bumpin’ Reel > Can’t Stop Now
Encore: Way Back Home

I hopped on tour in NYC and witnessed two incredible shows at the beautiful United Palace Theatre this past weekend.  Some highlights from the first night were: Blue Bossa, Windy Mountain, Daryl, Dirk, and Round the Wheel.  It was probably the best version of Dirk I have ever heard.  This show on Friday night was good, but I knew the band would throw down even harder on Saturday night.  There’s nothing like cheese on Saturday night, they always step up their playing and song selection and it elevates the show immensely.

Saturday night’s first set was non stop amazing jams.  They kicked it off with a beautiful rendition of Naive Melody, followed by a really bouncing Rhum ‘N Zouc which featured a back and forth drums jam which was conducted by kang and his fiddle.  He would face one of the drummers and play some fiddle notes and then the drummer would play it back with percussion.  Then Kang would address the other drummer and repeat. It was awesome to see this kind of musical communication.  Then it was a funky Miss Brown’s with the classic Chameleon thrown in.  Then a rockin Wheel Hoss, and Sometimes a River.  The set closed out with Rollover, sandwiched between the new Billy tune, Colorado Bluebird Sky.  This went over really well and the crowd loved it.

Second set began with the new Kyle tune, Let’s Go Outside.  Followed by a rocking Restless Wind > On the Road, which really set the tone for the rest of the set. Then it was time for the classic cheese disco funk party.  Betray the dark crept in with its electronic and dark tones, the lights went low, and the disco ball burst into life spinning one way then reversing and blanketing the room with points of light.  This is one my favorite musical spaces that cheese creates.  Then the band segued into one of the best Drums I have ever seen.  Clearly the extensive touring with EOTO has bonded Michael Travis and Jason Hann into an explosive tag team.  Then it was Joyful Sound, done a bit differently than it has been recently.  They dropped the extensive electronic breakdown and put kang’s mandolin solo back in.  Though it seemed the band was scrambling a bit on this one, it ended up being a great version of the song.  Then they surprised everyone by playing Radiohead’s, National Anthem.

They closed the show with a great version of Bumpin Reel > Can’t Stop Now.  All in all this was an incredible 2 nights.  I feel the band is only getting tighter and more comfortable with each passing night.  Boston review coming soon!

SCI – Lyric Opera House – Baltimore, MD

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

SCI Baltimore

The Roots Run Deep tour continued its way north to Maryland yesterday.  Check out the setlist:

11/30/2011 Lyric Opera House – Baltimore, MD
Set 1: Lonesome Fiddle Blues, Smile, MLT, Give Me The Love > Let’s Go Outside, Come As You Are > Black Clouds

Set 2: Eye Know Why, Outside and Inside > Whiskey Before Breakfast, Brand New Start, Black and White, Big Shoes

Encore: Rosie

Kyle Hollingsworth is a native of Baltimore, Maryland so naturally this show featured a number of his songs… MLT, Let’s Go Outside, Eye Know Why, and Rosie for the encore.  All in all, a solid setlist.  Can’t wait to hear the recording. The boys are in Upper Darby, PA tonight then it’s off to NYC for two nights.  See you in NYC!


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…

SCI – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

SCI Ryman Auditorium
SCI wrapped up their tour of the south last night in Tennessee with a beautiful acoustic first set.  Sam Bush and others sat in at times for this show.

11/28/2011 Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
Set 1 (acoustic): Old Train1, Big Mon, Catfish John, I’ve Just Seen A Face, Steam Powered Airplane, Yo Sé, Colorado Bluebird Sky, Stingray

Set 2: Rollover, So Far From Home, Lost > Ring Of Fire, Long Gone2, Same Ol’ River

Encore: Little Hands2 > Rivertrance

1 with Sam Bush on mandolin, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Andy Hall on dobro and Kyle on grand piano
2 with Sam Bush on mandolin, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Andy Hall on dobro

I can’t wait to listen to this one!  Acoustic cheese is always a treat and that encore looks amazing…

SCI – 2 Nights in Georgia!

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The tour continued on Saturday night in Atlanta, Georgia. Here’s the setlist:

11/26/2011 Fox Theatre – Atlanta, GA
Set 1: Restless Wind, 100 Year Flood > Boogie On Reggae Woman, Barstool, Colliding, Miss Brown’s Teahouse > Shine
Set 2: Southbound, Desert Dawn, Sirens > Bumpin’ Reel, Way That It Goes, Jellyfish, It Is What It Is…
Encore: Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms, Way Back Home

I have not had a chance to listen to this show yet, but the first set looks amazing.  100 year flood has only been played one other time since 2007, at Winter Carnival 2011 and it’s one of my favorites!  Colliding is a new Kyle song, first time played.  Second set features Sirens > Bumpin Reel… a fitting combo with similar electronic influences.  I’m sure It is What It Is was a killer set 2 closer as it always is.  Then some bluegrass and an epic Way Back Home for the encore. Good stuff!

Then on Sunday, the band played a show at the newly re-built Georgia Theatre.  Here’s the setlist:

11/27/2011 Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
Set 1: Song In My Head, Missin’ Me > Dudley’s Kitchen, Hotel Window, Under African Skies > Joyful Sound > Howard
Set 2: Sand Dollar > Can’t Stop Now, Water, Cottonmouth, BollyMunster, Close Your Eyes > ‘Round The Wheel
Encore: I Know You Rider
Download this show here!

I haven’t heard this show yet either but the setlist is smokin!  Solid first set with the infectious Song In My Head to start it off and then I what I imagine was a huge Under African Skies > Joyful Sound > Howard to close the set.  Set 2 opened with Sand Dollar, another song which has only been played once since 2007. Then a new one “BollyMunster” and a 17 minute Round the Wheel to close the show.  SCI is playing in Nashville, TN tonight and the first set is acoustic!  I can’t wait to get to NYC this weekend for some live cheese!

Check back tomorrow for more updates!