The String Cheese Incident Performs Without Bill Nershi In Oregon

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Colorado jam act The String Cheese Incident played one of the more unusual shows in their history of Sunday night at the Oregon Eclipse Festival in Crook County, Oregon. Bill Nershi didn’t make the trip to Oregon due to illness, but the band went on with the show.

Keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth led SCI on the “Close Your Eyes” opener which was followed by “Valley Of The Jig” and Michael Kang’s “These Waves.” A “Djibouti Bump” > “MLT” sequence showed off the handiwork of Michael Travis. The String Cheese Incident drummer issued an apology on Sunday for since-deleted insensitive remarks he made on his Facebook page earlier in the weekend. After many of Travis’s Facebook friends, including other jam scene musicians, chided the drummer for his comments about a “Zionist banking cartel” Michael finally responded.

SCI’s Nershi-less first set in Oregon concluded with recent fare “Way That It Goes” and “Sweet Spot” followed by a group hoot for Billy and a set-ending sequence of “Impressions” (John Coltrane) > “Kashmir” (Led Zeppelin). Sunday’s second set was bookended by portions of “Just One Story.” The beginning of “Just One Story” led into a version of “Bumpin Reel” featuring Emancipator’s Ilya Goldberg on violin. “Sirens” then gave way to a “Piece Of Mine” > “It Is What It Is” sequence. Cheese ended the second set by connecting “Let’s Go Outside” to a cover of Bob Marley’s “Kinky Reggae” and the conclusion of “Just One Story.”

Setlist (via Friends Of Cheese)

Set One: Close Your Eyes, Valley Of The Jig, These Waves > Djibouti Bump > MLT, Way That It Goes, Sweet Spot, Group Hoot for Billy, Impressions > Kashmir

Set Two: Just One Story > Bumpin Reel1, Sirens > Piece of Mine > It Is What It Is, Let Go Outside > Kinky Reggae > Just One Story

Show played w/o Billy Nershi, 1 – w/ Ilya Goldberg

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