SCI Present String Cheese & The Gang At Lockn

By Scott Bernstein Sep 5, 2014 8:00 am PDT

Yesterday, the second annual installment of the Lockn’ Festival began at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA. Performers on the two main stages included No BS! Brass Band, The Wood Brothers, The Revivalists and Lettuce, before the evening came to a close with a pair of sets a piece from Umphrey’s McGee and String Cheese Incident. Once one set would end, the other act would immediately start up their set on the adjacent stage and the main stage finale was a special “String Cheese & The Gang” performance featuring many guests.

[Photo by Ian Rawn]

String Cheese was joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for most of the “String Cheese & The Gang” performance, which paid tribute to Kool & The Gang and contained nine of the famed pop-funk act’s songs in total. James “JT” Taylor, who fronted Kool And The Gang during their late ’70s/early ’80s hey day led the ensemble through takes on such classics as “Fresh,” “Ladies Night” and “Get Down On It.” “Ladies Night” also featured a handful of backing vocalists as well as an additional keyboardist and percussionist. The set came to a close with the celebratory…wait for it…”Celebration.”

Lockn’ continues later today with performances from the Drive-By Truckers, String Cheese Incident, Bill Kreutzmann’s Locknstep Allstars, Phil Lesh and Friends and more. A Pay-Per-View webcast is available via Nugs.TV. We’ll have much more from Lockn’ in the coming days.

Taper Z-Man has already started uploading recordings from last night to including on of the String Cheese & The Gang set. Take a listen to “Ladies Night”:

Here’s a look at the Umphrey’s and String Cheese setlists:

Umphrey’s McGee:

Set One: Le Blitz > 1348 > Similar Skin, Dump City, Ocean Billy, In The Kitchen > 1348, Ringo[1]

Set Two: The Floor, Wappy Sprayberry > Cut the Cable, Puppet String > Higgins > Puppet String, Shine On You Crazy Diamond

[1] unfinished

[via All Things Umphreys]

String Cheese Incident:

Set One: So Far From Home > Can’t Stop Now, Let’s Go Outside, Sweet Spot > Outside And Inside > Little Hands > Just One Story

Set Two: Jungle Boogie1, Hollywood Swinging2, Fresh3, Ladies Night3, Take My Heart4, Joanna4, Get Down On It5, Let’s Go Dancin2 > Drum Jam > Let’s Go Dancin2, Celebration

NOTES -1 with Preservation Hall Jazz Band Horns. 2 with Preservation Hall Jazz Band Horns and keyboardist, Hann on lead vocals.3 with JT Taylor and backup singers and horns. 4 with JT Taylor and horns. 5 with JT Taylor, horns, backup singers, and keytar player

[via Friends Of Cheese]

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