The String Cheese Incident returned to the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado last month for a series of three concerts. SCI shared professionally-shot video featuring a sequence from their first set on Saturday, July 21 that the band dubbed “The Birdland Sandwich.”
On February 20, 1999 The String Cheese Incident debuted a cover of legendary jazz-fusion band Weather Report’s “Birdland” at the Boulder Theater in Boulder. Cheese put their own spin on the Joe Zawinul-penned classic and it quickly became a staple of the repertoire. The six-piece often inserts other songs within “Birdland” and fit three different tunes within the version played at Red Rocks on July 21.
SCI first segued from the “Birdland” jam into a Michael Travis-sung cover of “Fearless” by Pink Floyd. The band hadn’t performed the Meddle gem in over two years and followed the cover with an out-of-the-box jam featuring stellar synth work from Kyle Hollingsworth. Cheese landed back on another section of “Birdland,” yet instead of concluding the Weather Report cover they served up Doc Watson’s “Freight Train Boogie.” Bill Nershi handled vocals on the SCI debut of “Freight Train Boogie” which dropped into Bill Monroe’s “Wheel Hoss.” A wild vocal jam connected “Wheel Hoss” and the end of “Birdland.”
Watch SCI’s “The Birdland Sandwich” below: