Veteran jam act The String Cheese Incident played their first three shows of 2018 between April 19 – 21. SCI has just unveiled a compilation of highlights from the run on their SoundCloud page that can be streamed free-of-charge.
The collection of gems from Cheese’s 2018 Spring Tour begins with a 15-minute, improv-heavy rendition of “Climb” recorded at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on April 19. Next up from the Variety Playhouse is the first version of oldie “Cottonmouth” the group played in over a year. Cheese also serves up more recent fare in the form of the trance-tinged instrumental “Hi Ho No Show” from their headlining performance at Atlanta’s SweetWater 420 Fest on April 20.
One of the biggest surprises from the Colorado-based act’s brief spring run was a cover of Jamiroquai’s “Space Cowboy” they fit into their first set at the SweetWater 420 Fest. Vocalist Rhonda Thomas led the band on the bust out, which was both debuted and last played by SCI at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on October 30, 2010. The compilation includes not only the “Space Cowboy” from the SweetWater 420 Fest but the “Believe” that followed. Rhonda Thomas also contributed to “Believe.”
SCI’s collection of Spring 2018 Selections also features a pair of tracks recorded at Asheville’s ExploreAsheville.com Arena on April 21. Up first is an adventurous rendition of “Desert Dawn” containing impressive interplay between Bill Nershi and Michael Kang. “Desert Dawn” spans 20 minutes and the “Shine” that concludes the compilation nearly reaches the same length. “Shine” finds the band exploring multiple soundscapes with great success.
Stream the free compilation shared by The String Cheese Incident:
Official recordings of all three shows are available via LiveCheese.com.
The String Cheese Incident Spring 2018 Selections Tracklist
- Climb – April 19 @ Variety Playhouse
- Cottonmouth – April 19 @ Variety Playhouse
- Hi Ho No Show – April 20 @ SweetWater 420 Fest
- Space Cowboy – April 20 @ SweetWater 420 Fest
- Believe – April 20 @ Sweetwater 420 Fest
- Desert Dawn – April 21 @ ExploreAsheville.com Arena