SCI | 07.21 & 07.22 | Berkeley, CA

Words by: Nick Boeka

String Cheese Incident :: 07.21.07 & 07.22.07 :: Greek Theater :: Berkeley, CA


SCI :: The Greek :: 07.22 :: By Susan J. Weiand
This past weekend marked the final performances for the foreseeable future that the String Cheese Incident would ever perform in California. Returning to Berkeley's Greek Theatre, the Colorado-based band joined forces with four other top names in the live music scene to offer six incredible sets of music each night. Both Saturday and Sunday featured groups with ties to the Bay Area with Sound Tribe Sector 9 and The Disco Biscuits on Saturday, and Hot Buttered Rum joining Railroad Earth on Sunday. Match an incredible weekend lineup with some of the best July weather the SF Bay Area can get and it's a wonder that the Greek didn't lift off into the stratosphere once the barefoot boys were done.

In anticipation of this weekend, I felt a similar stir of emotions that have arrived before each run ever since the announcement of Billy Nershi's departure from the band. For me, ever since 2006's mini-hiatus and the break from 10 straight years of Winter Carnivals, something had just not been right about the Cheese magic these past two years. Winter Carnival 2007 proved to me that the magic was still there, but it required so much effort from the band that it was that much harder to obtain each night. Now, feeding off reports and reviews from last weekend's Beacon run, I was feeling optimistic about the energy and the musicianship that would make up this final summer tour ending at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. I was determined to have one more truly inspiring Incident, have that moment before there were none left to be had.

Saturday :: "Damn, that's some bass"


Keith Moseley - SCI :: The Greek
07.21 :: By Sewell Hatcher
My crew arrived at the venue, per usual, a couple hours before the gates opened. The venue itself is buried deep within the beautiful UC Berkeley campus and is an easy walk from area lodging. Once inside it became quickly apparent how architecturally impressive the stage, concert bowl, and surrounding areas are. It also features one of the steepest lawn sections I have ever experienced. It conjured up images of people wearing seatbelts in the grass to stay put. With the weather providing the perfect backdrop, there was even a crystal clear view of the Bay Bridge and the rest of the city, which believe me, is typically rare.

Saturday's sold out show began with a blistering set from Philadelphia's The Disco Biscuits, who offered a non-stop set which featured a strong set closing "Shimmy in a Conga Line" sandwich around the jam in "Great Abyss." The one thing that struck me immediately though on Saturday was the sound. I like to ride the rail, and know many others who also like to ride the rail. We get there hours early to ride this rail. But, at these shows on Saturday it was truly impossible to enjoy the show from the first 10 rows because of how loud and body shattering the bass was. Now, don't get me wrong, I love loud music, and I love it when I can feel the bass, but the bass throughout The Disco Biscuits set was just too much to handle. Somehow I felt like I was not the only one, and looking around to see other staple rail-riders looking for alternative spots confirmed that suspicion.


David Murphy - STS9 :: The Greek
07.21 :: By Sewell Hatcher
At the beginning of the STS9 set, I relocated to the right of the soundboard and the increase in the quality of the sound was immediately rewarded by my ears as the ringing finally subsided. As the sun set on the horizon above the Greek and the venue began to swell to capacity, David Murphy (bass) acknowledged the Biscuits' playing, wished us a good show and dropped the band into an explosive "Rabble." The STS9 set featured the band using old tunes to venture into new explorations, working through renditions of "Rent," "Moonsocket" and "Open E." Yet, throughout the set, I couldn't help but feel a disconnect with the audience, unlike many STS9 shows I've seen in the past. Perhaps it was the overwhelming sound in the pit that kept pushing the energy away from the band instead of welcoming it back. Something was affecting the exchange of energy.


Bill Nershi - SCI :: The Greek
07.21 :: By Sewell Hatcher
The String Cheese Incident began their set with a strong one-two punch of "Mouna Bowa" and Stevie Wonder's "I Wish." But then, in an example of some of the frustrating choices that the band has been making lately, they followed the high-energy opening with "Love Is Like a Train," which is the newest song to emerge even after the breakup announcement and isn't quite up to speed yet. After picking up the pace they'd lost, the rest of the set seemed to just roll along. At the end of a long jammed-out "MLT" the band even left the stage to showcase Michael Travis and Jason Hann on drums and percussion, in what turned into a quick tease of what their late night EOTO set was all about. The band reemerged and SCI finished out the set with the weekend's first of many Grateful Dead covers, "I Know You Rider," wrapped around Bob Marley's "Stir it Up."

The second set began with the band working through newer songs and halfway through invited Aron Magner and Jon Gutwillig of The Disco Biscuits to jam on "Desert Dawn." While the second set was a lot stronger than the first, there were several sound and equipment problems that made it hard for the group to find their rhythm. As the show closed out with a standard "Search" and our crew made our way over to Blakes on Telegraph for the EOTO aftershow, a thought came over us: Playing the night show at 10,000 Lakes Festival the day before, and having to fly to California the morning of the show, probably provided some fatigue on stage and made it that much harder to summon the magic.


SCI :: The Greek :: 07.21 :: By Sewell Hatcher
When we arrived to Blake's the venue was barely full. DJ Roots from Boulder, CO was spinning an impressive set of classic '70s funk mixed with trip-hop beats. The basement of the venue resembled a fraternity house but resulted in some pretty tight sound with great presence. When Travis and Haan arrived, the venue still pretty empty, we introduced ourselves and then politely asked them to add one of our friends without a ticket to their guest list, and they obliged with no objection.

I couldn't help but notice that Travis has to be the hardest working man in the band. After finishing two big sets at the Greek, he rushed quickly over to Blake's only to have to setup the PA system and gear himself. As I watched him lift the speakers and prepare for his set, I was struck by the realization that each one of The String Cheese members will have to go through this rebirth as working musicians again. They will all have to go back to carrying and setting up their own gear and working their asses off again to promote their new groups. I felt very happy for them that they would be able to re-experience the real joy of being a musician, capturing the spirit of that kind of creation all over again. The EOTO set was exactly what the after show called for. For those who wanted to dance until the early morning, there was no substitute for the rhythmic core of SCI that evening in Berkeley. EOTO provides Travis and Haan the opportunity to work out all of the melodic ideas that run through their heads that don't readily emerge through SCI. If you dig Zilla, you can definitely dig on EOTO, too.

Sunday :: "Less Guns, More Butter"


Nat Keefe (HBR) and Nershi :: The Greek
07.22 :: By Susan J. Weiand
On Sunday, we had learned our lesson about being too close in the pit, so when we arrived at the venue hours early our focus was on the coveted thrones that line the lower lip of the bowl. The four thrones we seized when the gates opened proved to be the absolute sweet spot on Sunday, which made for a truly spectacular incident.

The bright sunny day started 15 minutes (about 12:30 p.m.) early as Hot Buttered Rum String Band played a really incredible set, which immediately had the energy at a higher level from the get-go than the night before. With indebted admiration to all they had accomplished so far as a band, they dedicated and toasted "Honkytonk Tequila" to their mothers, and brought up Billy Nershi in the day's first of two sit-ins by the departing SCI member. Grateful Dead's "Cumberland Blues" was their set closer, and featured the most inspired Nershi solo of the weekend.


Nershi, Skehan (RRE) & Hollingsworth :: The Greek
07.22 :: By Susan J. Weiand
It appeared to be the closest thing to passing the baton when Railroad Earth received an official introduction. Their configuration and sound most closely resembles the Cheese, and though I am not saying that they are the next Cheese, they do possess the same strong songwriting and musicianship qualities. In addition, I think they will be among the few bands that will seize this opportunity to grow a larger fan base. The band is led by Todd Sheaffer, who plays guitar and provides many of the lead vocals, which blend well with the rest of the band. Tim Carbone has really found his place within Railroad Earth, and his skill as a fiddle player is one of the highlights of the band. By the time the Railroad Earth set had finished it was apparent that the Sunday show was already off to a way better start than Saturday, with the sound dialed in perfectly.


Kyle Hollingsworth - SCI :: The Greek
07.22 :: By Susan J. Weiand
When SCI took the stage on Sunday, they looked in better spirits, jumping around and ready to bring the business. The set began with a well played "Shine" that immediately found itself in a powerful jam. Not even the mis-capo'd flub at the start of "Little Hands" could stop the momentum of the first set. They invited members from both Hot Buttered Rum and Railroad Earth to join them on two grassy tunes, and I found myself getting "that feeling" again. When the group dropped Weather Report's "Black Market" (a favorite new Kyle Hollingsworth covers), which segued into a long "Jellyfish," it was official - my goose bumps were back and we were in the middle of a righteous incident! At set break, I took the time to reflect with my friends and we were all feeling the same first set excitement. We were convinced the band had it in them to deliver it one more time.

The second set resumed right where they had left off with Hollingsworth's "Piece of Mine" dropping into the groove-based "Bumping Reel." At this point, I was in multiple goose bumps mode and Hollingsworth was turning out inspired solos left and right. When he is leading the band it all just falls right into place. I hadn't seen him yelling orders into the in-ear-monitor mic that is strategically placed by his rig for segue direction in a long time. Not even "Farther" could slow the set down, as it moved into the newest Talking Head's cover, "What a Day That Was." The sun had thoroughly kissed everyone's face as the band closed out the second set with "the jam" otherwise known as "It Is What It Is." The second set had trumped the energy of the first set, and I had just experienced one of my favorite incidents in quite a while.


Michael Kang - SCI :: The Greek :: 07.22 :: By Weiand
Despite the early curfew of 7 p.m. at the Greek on Sunday, the band found enough time not only to offer a three song encore with practically all the members of Hot Buttered Rum and Railroad Earth in what became a 14-member "Clusterpluck," but even capped off an incredible last incident at the Greek with a rare second encore of "Smile." What was left out on Saturday was completely made up for and then some on Sunday. Everyone was smiling as we exited the venue. With the momentum building up for the homecoming final shows, the band has only a few incidents to go before we can catch them for the last time at the Rocks. See you in Colorado!!


Setlists:

07.21.07

The Disco Biscuits
I Remember When > Digital Buddha, Boom Shanker, Little Shimmy In A Conga Line > The Great Abyss > Little Shimmy In A Conga Line

Sound Tribe Sector 9
Rabble, lo Swaga, Supremacy, Be Nice, Rent, Kamuy, Moonsocket, Tooth, Open E, One-a-Day

String Cheese Incident
Set I: Mouna Bowa, I Wish, Love Is Like A Train, Sometimes A River, MLT, Rain, I Know You Rider > Stir It Up > I Know You Rider
Set 2: Eye Know Why, Looking Glass, Desert Dawn > Jam*, The Way You Do The Things You Do, Way Back Home > Birdland > Best Feeling > Way Back Home
Encore: Search
* w/ Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits) on keyboards and Jon Gutwillig (Disco Biscuits) on guitar

07.22.07

Hot Buttered Rum
The Crest, Honey Be, Guns Or Butter, Return Some Day, Right Between Your Eyes, Honkytonk Tequila*, Cumberland Blues*
* w/ Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident) on guitar

Railroad Earth
Smilin' Like a Buddha, Loving You, Magic Foot, Luxury Liner, Warhead Boogie, Dover to Dunkirk, Peace on Earth, Mourning Flies*
* w/ Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident) on guitar

String Cheese Incident
Set 1: Shine, Little Hands > Dudley's Kitchen, I'll Fly Away *, Walls of Time *, Black Market > Jellyfish > Black Clouds
Set 2: Piece of Mine, Bumpin' Reel, Farther, Long Way To Go **, Sweet Melinda***, What A Day That Was, It Is What It Is
Encore: Whiskey Before Breakfast**** > Will The Circle Be Unbroken****
Second Encore: Smile
* with all of Hot Buttered Rum except Bryan
** with Todd Sheaffer (Railroad Earth) on vocals
*** with Railroad Earth minus Schaeffer ****Clusterpluck with all of Hot Buttered Rum and Railroad Earth

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Comments

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 01:35PM
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RothburyWithCheese

We will miss you guys. Hopefully another incarnation of the CHEESE will surface. Good luck to Billy with HTHS and thank you for all the great memories paticularly my epic greyhound trek from arizona to Bonnaroo to Hornings in the summer of 04. No Cheese haters please. This band has too many good vibes for any hating. Best wishes from Austin Texas.

Sizlunt starstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 01:51PM
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Sizlunt

Personally I felt night 1 was better than night 2 musically, so I have to disagree with the author a bit. Both shows were solid as hell. I may have liked day 2 less because the sun never went down and I got burnt to shitaree, was hot and uncomfortable to dance in. Musically I still feel that night 1 was better. Listening to the recording I still have that opinion.

Sizlunt Tue 7/24/2007 02:04PM
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Sizlunt

BTW disagree about the comments about STS9 as well. The crowd sounded pumped as HELL to me, and everyone around me and everywhere I looked was dancing like hell, so I can't relate to the author's comments about that either.

playitleo Tue 7/24/2007 02:32PM
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playitleo

Highlights for me were:
7/21 I know you Rider! Looking Glass>Desert Dawn (freekin incredible, although the jam started very slowly as everyone including the Bisco guests got their effects in order) and of course the Birdland (ReDiCuLouS!!)

7/22 Pretty much the whole 3 bands every tune except Farther. Loved the energy of this one, and while there wasnt the intense Peaks of the night before (end of Birdland), This whole show just raged, and loved the dueling fiddles of Tim Carbone and Kang.
Never seen the Greek soooo ragin for shows before. I love California!!!

Rebel Alliance was pretty off the hook too as Billy played Red haired Boy (the tune that Valley of the Jig is based off of) and Pretty Polly. Crowded too...

Seattlesublime starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 02:36PM
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Seattlesublime

I felt both days were incredibly powerful, STS9 was awesome! I have seen them 4 times and this was my favorite set.

Sunday was down right amazing, Cheese was having so much fun (download it!)…

Horning’s here we come!!!!!

karacter0 starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 02:37PM
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karacter0

thanks for the cheese story. bisco, sts9, rre, too.

jimutts starstar Tue 7/24/2007 03:13PM
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Pretty good review, there were a few inaccuracies though. EOTO stands for End of Time Observatory. The Jam with members of Bisco was not a separate jam but rather part of DD as they did go back into it before the Biscuits left the stage, and Blackberry Blossom was not played at the Greek, but was played at the Rebel Alliance Jam. My review is on the PT website.

example1 starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 03:23PM
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example1

sunday was just what i wanted to hear. but im definately more into early era SCI so my opinion is a bit skewed.

phisherman_101 starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 03:54PM
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I just hope that they go all out at Red Rocks. A crazy cluster pluck, what a way to end things. Hope there will be some nice special guests there too.

CoreyBauer starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 04:00PM
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Yeah... the cheese the first night was a little generic.. but came through the second night. Also, if anyone had the pleasure enough to make it to the city BLUE TURTULE SEDUCTION after Cheese on Saturday... you guys were in for a treat. Think a small little venue (like 40 people) rocking all night long.... lol

Sizlunt Tue 7/24/2007 04:10PM
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Sizlunt

I was at that Blue Turtle show. I was right there when the moron stole the bottle of Jim Beam off the bar counter and turned it into a liquor grenade. Blue Turtle was awesome, I was too wiped out to see Isabella tho...

bsclowds starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 04:13PM
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Great, timely review. Wish I coulda been there

Bluegrass wins!

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 04:32PM
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RothburyWithCheese

Now this is a message board! No negative crap nothing but ass kickingness!!!

trini. starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 04:49PM
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trini.

"... it was official - my goose bumps were back and we were in the middle of a righteous incident!"

Agreed, Sunday was perfect.

Fritz starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 04:58PM
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Thanks to everyone. a very emotional weekend for me. Sunday was Fun Day. The handoff of the baton was very evident. Bless the Queaso! We'll see you down the road..... look for RRE at the Yank after HSBG. It might happen but if it doesn't I'll blame it on whiskey talk.
fritz

jimutts star Tue 7/24/2007 06:37PM
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Help me understand how I get negative points for correcting yet another inaccurate jambase article

twain starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 06:46PM
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red rocks...i am floating...the stars are aligning...heaven is near...i'm locked into eternity...no place i'd rather be!

Mason starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 08:14PM
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Mason

i'm right with ya twain... the incident at 10k the night before berkeley blew my mind, like they never fail to do... red rocks is gunna be SO intense!

Window starstarstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 08:20PM
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These were my first two Cheese shows; in fact this weekend was the first time I had seen any of these five bands. I thought both days were great (too much sun on Sun!), but enjoyed Sat a bit more -- probably because I'm not that into bluegrass these days, even with the included fantastic spacey jams (though I'll be looking for more RRE.)

I also disagree with the author regarding the audience's energy during STS9. I was down front stage right and the pit was raging.

Speaking of non-stop sets, the Biscuits Sun night at the Independent was incredible. Several of their fans had either missed the opening set Sat or were disappointed in its brevity (1 hour.) The Independent was a packed, sweaty, raging dance for about three hours.

Susan's photos are always great, but after seeing Jay so much, I was disappointed that none of his work was part of this review.

Phil in September!!

Window starstarstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 08:27PM
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BTW, if the author couldn't take Marc's bass at the Greek, he really would have pussied out at the Independent -- I was riding the rail and all that bass was da sheet!

tate79 Tue 7/24/2007 08:47PM
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I have to disagree with the author about sts9 as well. I thought it was the bomb! the bass especially. I took two noobs to this show and they were both very, very impressed with sts9 and sci. I thought both shows were great, they both had their high points. I was a little dissapointed that sts9 and cheese didnt jam together. I thought that would be a given, I deff liked the 2nd day more though. Kinda weird cuz I thought that it would have been the other way around but sunday was just perfect for me.

berneto Tue 7/24/2007 09:11PM
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I'll agree with the review in that I thought the second night of cheese was on point although the first was fantastic as well. I'm with everyone else on the message board the sts9 set was incredible...just pure raging the entire time with the entire place going nuts. RRE...what can you say always perfect, I wish they could have played a second set and from the applause after they finished I think the rest of the Greek was in agreement. Too bad I missed Hot Buttered Rum although from the heat that day maybe it wasn't the worst thing. Great weekend the Greek rocks!!!

whodoyoudo Tue 7/24/2007 09:27PM
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whodoyoudo

great blugrass on saturday

they took my booze at the gate
but thats all good

1st show on the west coast was great

headed for red rocks for moe n los

hope i get booze in there

BlewW044 Tue 7/24/2007 09:43PM
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The first night was the shit no matter what the dumb-ass author of this article said. The lights were amazing, the jams were rediculous, the energy was perfect. The second day's only problem was that there was a 7:00 curfew and the sun was beeting down like a mother-fucker. Is what it Is was massive and made the day and the sunburn worth while. Had an awesome time in an awesome place.
Thank You

DaKracken Tue 7/24/2007 11:17PM
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rossco8 starstarstarstar Tue 7/24/2007 11:33PM
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Fairly accurate review. I went to Saturday night not having seen the Cheese in four years. I was pleasantly surprised. They had me recanting a lot of the shit I'd talked over that time period. The base was indeed way off with apparent technical difficulties (lots of blips and burps). Sound Tribe did not bring the heat. Their last couple of numbers were strong, but the earlier portion of their performance left a little to be desired. Might have to disagree with that last post on both points made. The scene is definitely the least redeeming quality of the Cheese experience. Saw two people carried out on stretchers and two spunions forcibly escorted out by security while they clawed and screamed as if they were having a siezure. C'mon people, handle your shit like a fucking veteran, not a wook.

WillieWampus Wed 7/25/2007 06:10AM
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EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/25/2007 08:51AM
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EVILFUNK

BOOM BOOM BOOM!

Loved everything but Kang's Trey licks...Sunday bluegrass brought me back to the Mountain Sun Days ;)

The Glick Wed 7/25/2007 09:02AM
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The Glick

I'm usually not a fan of tDB but they sounded good on Saturday. all the openers were good.

I totally agree with the Kyle lead tunes. Everyone of my favorite SCI shows has had a strong Kyle presence.

kewl Wed 7/25/2007 10:38AM
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My brain is just a jellyfish in the ocean of my head and i drank to much Tequila and i woke up seeing RED......

blower starstarstarstar Wed 7/25/2007 11:26AM
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Good detailed review, sounds like a good time.

Kellerhead applauds the lack of haters. Irony is alive and well! One of the most annoying haters on jambase is finally content to not hear himself, thanks for the entertainment

AZ~*Droo* starstarstar Wed 7/25/2007 11:46AM
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AZ~*Droo*

^^^LOL, I love this band and railroad earth. Thanx cheese 4 all the awesome moments that i will have to tell for generations!! Pleez rock my face off at the Rox!!!

lvcheese Wed 7/25/2007 01:16PM
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happydestiny starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/25/2007 01:17PM
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happydestiny

"it's a wonder that the Greek didn't lift off into the stratosphere once the barefoot boys were done.'

I was there and from my skewed recolection the greek actually DID lift off and take flight, several times actually

I was ridin the rail saturday and the bisco bass nearly blew me off my feet, fuckin awesome I must say

STS9 made that place HOP I havent danced that hard in a long time

The EOTO show was a whole other animal in and of itself, the venue blakes on telegraph was TINY downstairs, I went in friday to try and get a ticket but still no dice. I talked to the music manager gary and he suggested starting a wait list, I came in right when they opened saturday and started the list first name on it, when I came back Sat. night there were at least a hundred names on the list and im pretty sure no one got in from it.... thank god for the sister with the extra ticket, you made my night, much love

I gotta disagree with the author for me it was all about the saturday incident, well the whole day and into 4 AM the next,

THANKS cheese, I just quit my job to go to red rocks, so if ya could rip off the nonexistent roof and burn that motherfucker down for me, just this once... pretty pretty please!!!!

happydestiny Wed 7/25/2007 01:22PM
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happydestiny

remember when they turned on the huge disco ball during I Know you rider

It just made me smile

RedHeaven starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/25/2007 01:53PM
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RedHeaven

Saturday was good, but my feelings stop there. Decent. STS9 was really intense, I havent seen them in awhile. Great set. I just didnt feel super intense energy that night....until I walked into the Blue Turtle Seduction late nite, its like they gave me puppet strings and I danced like mad. Probably my favorite part of the whole weekend.

Sunday was near perfect in every sense...railroads set was gorgeous. Billy on Mourning Flies was heart wrenching. The Clusterpluck was utopia for the new wave of americana lovers. Starting with Shine and ending with Smile was a great last SCI show for me. The whole day goes down in history for me. One of the most smiley shows I have ever attended. There was a sweetness in the air, between the crowd and the music. SCI really appreciated and gave lots of thanks to the crowd. The band was smiling as big as the audience was. The Rebel Jam afterwards was a great way to land after a weekend of seeing almost all of my favorite bands in one swoop. Admittingly, Blue Turtle late nites on Fri and Sat along with the incredibleness of Sunday made for my favorite weekend by the bay in my 35 years.

daveapaug starstarstar Wed 7/25/2007 02:12PM
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daveapaug

Sorry folks, but you're not gonna like this review. Unfortunately after many many cheese shows I became disenchanted around 2004 and have seen only four shows up until this weekend. I was very excited to see what i thought were going to be blow out shows, you know, our FINAL shows in California(SCI's bread and butter for many years). But where are the powerhouse songs? Why are you still bringing out new covers? Do you not know why we are here? It certainly is not to hear "sometimes a river". While I appreciated the Day that Was cover, my highlight of the weekend, but to open the final california set with four tunes debuted in the last three years seems like the band was just going through the motions, "where's my paycheck". It sound like all you wookies had too much fun during the late nite shows and forgot that you just paid 100 dollars for two shows and didn't hear: Texas, Wrong Planet, San Jose, Rivertrance, Rollover, or any of the other sick jams that made SCI, well, SCI.

RedHeaven Wed 7/25/2007 02:16PM
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RedHeaven

Hey...what can I say.....the $10 late nite I went to moved me more than Saturday Cheese. I speak from the heart, and theres really nothing wierd about that, or wrong.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/25/2007 02:18PM
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nuke_ticketbastard starstarstar Thu 7/26/2007 07:58AM
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frenchdog starstar Thu 7/26/2007 08:56AM
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The only thing that would have made this Greek run any better is if they had played Friday night with ALO and New Monsoon opening.One highlight of the weekend was when Nershi said "Maybe we can do this again sometime." The look on his face when he realized what he said was classic. How Bill can walk away from this band right now when he and the boys are at the top of their game, is beyond me. Come on Bill, "lets do it again".

Makisupa_McGee Thu 7/26/2007 09:02AM
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Makisupa_McGee

davapaug...i see what your saying but for me, Desert Dawn and cover of Birdland were some of thier most powerful powerhouses. im not hardcore fan at all though so those that are may disagree

I think Bisco joining SCI on stage really puts all the nay saying/hating that we (collective we, i pretty much never hate) do on this website into perspective. I mean, the fan bases of these two bands possibly talk more shit about each other(and bands) as much or more than any others, and here the bands are grooving together.

Ima huge bisco fan and I thought it was cool, still im sure there are a ton of hardcores out there that rue the day that Bisco gets on stage with SCI. Still, its not like they added a ton to the jam, they were more up there just to say they did it.

blower starstarstarstar Thu 7/26/2007 12:19PM
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Any or all of the above Kellerhead, thanks for making my point even more apparent. Just stating the obvious man. You just crack me up. You can't even remember your last hate session. Sorry to the rest of you for stoking the fire.

SCI-It has been fun. Best wishes. Keep on picking.

kaiserbun starstarstarstar Thu 7/26/2007 01:24PM
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there are plenty of big-hitter songs in these shows daveapaug. i consider shine, way back home, black clouds, and desert dawn just as big as the ones you mentioned. they can't play them all in two shows, especially when they mix the material up so much. everyone has their favorite songs, but i've always said you should care about how they play more than what they play. there's nothing we can do about the setlist choice. i do agree that they peaked a few years ago, but there have still been some amazing shows since that time. nothing will ever top the summer 02 tour.

also, railroad earth is really good. go check them out if your a bluegrass fan.

happydestiny Thu 7/26/2007 01:55PM
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happydestiny

frenchdog-- right after billy said 'lets do this again sometime' kang said 'what are you goin to have them over to your house billy?'

It cracked me up!

kewl Thu 7/26/2007 04:49PM
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billy is throwing a huge keg party well if ur close friends with him like me u would be invited be sure to bring food we'll all have the munchies

BlewW044 Sat 7/28/2007 11:10PM
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chilly water is right and is the only one who seems like they were at the show and michael houser's pancreas is a pretty fucked up name?

WillieWampus Mon 7/30/2007 06:36AM
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WillieWampus

This looks like the show to have been at.....

SCI @ Hornings Hideout Review
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I sent this email to my buddy last night around 2 am when I was still all giddy from the show and my mind was still moving too fast. excuse the excited rambling...I couldn't contain myself. Funny thing is, I'm not even a cheese fan anymore; don't think I've seen them since '01, but while I was sitting at the beer fest in portland, I decided I'd be a fool not to go try to find a ticket. I didn't find a ticket, and I had to jump the fence--Karma be damned! Quite simply, this was the coolest show I've ever seen. (not necessarily the best music, as you can see I talk more about the scene than the music.) Read on for my review:

holy motherf'ing shit, I had to sit in the woods for 2+ hours and wait till dark to climb a fence, but I was able to get into Hornings Hideout last night to see Cheese play....and it was the most unbelievable thing you could imagine. I got in around 9pm, 30 mins before 2nd set started and was able to wander around a little bit--the place is in the coastal mountains in the middle of a forest, and the stage is in this little gulch right next to a lake. there was a full moon, no clouds, and the nicest pacific breeze possible. huge doug firs are everywhere, you're basicly in the middle of woods. there are dirt paths thru the woods with venors EVERYWHERE....food, clothes, art, heady hippie cystals, all that shit. basicly the perfect setting for a concert.

anyhow, the place was packed, but the floor down at the bottom in front of the stage was completly cleared. then the band came on and started playing this really trippy jam while about 30 girls dressed in flowing gowns came out and started doing a tribal dance on the floor. next thing you know, there are people coming out with flaming spears and dancing around and handing those off to the girls....then people with flaming bows are dancing, and then they start lighting the ground on fire, its in the shape of this crazy pentagram (almost) and there are fire dancers everywhere, throwing flaming balls, sticks, all sorts of crazy shit. this goes on about 10 minutes, and the crowd is going crazy and then in the middle of that, these guys start building a huge pyramid out of these iron pipes and then light that on fire! huge fire, like 20 or 30 feet high! and everybody's still down there dancing around it and the music is going crazy. so right in the peak of that these other folks start coming out from behind the stage with these iron bars that are formed to make the shape of a chinese parade dragon--but its all made of fire so you see a fire mouth, fire eyes, and fire whiskers...then they open the mouth and shoot these huge balls of fire out of its mouth--you can't even imagine! that goes on for a while until they start the fireworks show---everywhere! the fire dancers all have fireworks attached to their spears, fireworks out of the pyramid, out of the stage, everywhere! its nothing but smoke,lights, and loud cheese. really crazy. but not over yet.

so its all smoky and they tune the music down to a slower tempo, real jazzy/trance-style. all the fire dancers leave the stage, and these girls come out that are twirling 40 or 50 glowing balls all around themselves. its so dark you can't see the girls at all, all you can see are these balls circling around in the dark, getting bigger and smaller. it looked like 4 or 5 atoms out there on the stage. they have more and more glow-in the dark things come out, and people dressed in crazy glowing alien costumes come out, and then these glow in the dark UFOs start coming down out of the trees and floating around the stage, and these HUGE blimps that look like old underwater mines with lights on them come out from behind the stage and float around in the smoke. the place is packed with glow-in the dark people and things, all going crazy, with the crowd completely into it, and then the band breaks into Round the Wheel, and open the gates to the crowd so everybody runs onto the floor, and the band has machines set up in the crowd that is just continuously shooting thousands of glow sticks into the crowd. I couldn't beleve my eyes! it was nuts. I can't even do it justice! so I found a link to the show they did in '05--it looks like they did the fire dancing to a lesser degree then. its pretty cool--you can see what the first part was all about. wish you were there!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_D6AynACDs

Ivereadthebook starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/18/2007 04:43PM
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Ivereadthebook

Saturday was the rager, in my opinion. It was the first time i've heard sts9 and I thought they tore the place apart.

When Cheese came out, they had a presence that I haven't felt at a show for a while. I was just so happy to be there and hear the boys play once more, before their hiatus/breakup.

Sunday was cool as well. But I was a little partied out from the first night, and they since they started earlier, it took me a while to wake up and tap into it. The energy however was there. Overall it was a great weekend with kind heads, and cool tunes.