The String Cheese Incident Jams With Hot Rize & Covers Led Zeppelin At Red Rocks


On Sunday, Colorado’s own The String Cheese Incident brought this year’s Red Rocks run to a close with a show featuring an opening set from recently reunited bluegrass legends Hot Rize. SCI’s first set started with a four-song collaboration including both bands and the night ended with a second encore of a Led Zeppelin cover.

Hot Rize and SCI shared the stage to start the show with a cover debut of Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again.” Watch pro-shot footage of the collaborative opener here. Up next from the two bands was “Land’s End,” a song written by Hot Rize’s “Tim O’Brien” that has been a staple of The String Cheese Incident’s live performances for over 20 years. The collaboration concluded with takes on “Panama” Red” (Peter Rowan) and “Nine Pound Hammer” (Bill Monroe). From there, SCI treated the capacity crowd to “These Waves” > “Djibouti Bump” > “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance.” The set ended with “Falling Through The Cracks,” “Rum ‘n’ Zouc” and “Colliding.”

The String Cheese Incident came out with the always funky “Rosie” to open the second set. A lengthy “Turn This Around” featured Pink Floyd’s “Breathe” within and led into “Windy Mountain.” A song added to the repertoire in 2014, “Stop Drop Roll” came next ahead of “Love Is Like A Train.” The always welcome “Joyful Sound” then gave way to one of SCI’s newest songs, “Rumble.” A dance party ensued for the “BollyMunster” second set closer. While “Down A River” and “Round The Wheel” served as the encore, SCI has one more trick up their sleeves. The show and the run ended with a second encore of Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On.” The tour continues on Wednesday in Missoula.

Watch The String Cheese Incident end the run with “Ramble On”:

Here’s footage of the “Rosie” that opened the second set:

Check out the first encore of “Down A River” and “Round The Wheel”:

Setlist (via PT SCI)

Set 1: On the Road Again1, Land’s End1, Panama Red1, Nine Pound Hammer1, These Waves> Djibouti Bump> Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance, Falling Through the Cracks, Rhum ‘n’ Zouc, Colliding

Set 2: Rosie, Turn This Around > Breathe > Turn This Around > Windy Mountain, Stop Drop Roll, Love Is Like A Train, Joyful Sound > Rumble, BollyMunster

Encore: Down a River, Round The Wheel

Encore2: Ramble On

1 – w/ Hot Rize