Colorado jam act The String Cheese Incident played a rare multi-night run in Chicago on Friday and Saturday nights. Each show at the Chicago Theatre saw the band joined by one of the scene’s best drummers as part of career-spanning concerts.
The String Cheese Incident’s return to the stage for the first time since this summer began with a “Best Feeling” > “Can’t Wait Another Day” sequence. Another “Can’t” came next in the form of “Can’t Stop Now,” which was followed by a run of old school favorites including “Galactic,” “100 Year Flood,” “Shine” and the first “Glory Chords” of the year.
Friday’s second set began with another classic in the form of “Texas,” which gave way to the cinematic “Bollymunster.” Cheese then showed off the new original “Flying” for just its sixth-ever performance. “Let’s Go Outside” and “Sweet Spot” came next ahead of Michael Kang’s “It Is What It Is.” The concert rolled on with Dave Watts of The Motet joining Michael Travis and Jason Hann for the weekend’s first “Drums” excursion. A funky “Rosie” brought the second set to a close, while a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “White Freightliner Blues” served as the encore.
SCI emulated the way the Chicago Bulls kick off games to kick off their Saturday night show. One by one the members of the band were introduced over the P.A. before Cheese launched into “Stop, Drop, Roll.” Staples “Little Hands,” “Song In My Head” and “Believe” came next. The String Cheese Incident then covered “Ophelia” by The Band and ended the set by connecting “Way Back Home” and “Rollover.”
Hann and Travis came back to the stage accompanied by Kris Myers of Umphrey’s McGee for the weekend’s second wild “Drums” segment as the opener for the final set of the weekend. Myers said goodbye as SCI kicked into a lengthy “Restless Wind” > “These Waves” > “Djibouti Bump” > “Hi Ho No Show” sequence. “You’ve Got The World” came next before “Joyful Sound” gave way to Cheese’s first cover of Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” since July 20, 2012. “Just One Story” ended the frame and then Chicago fans were treated to two encores: “Barstool” and “Beautiful.” Next up for the band is a New Year’s Run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.
Watch pro-shot videos from the run:
Friday, November 24
Set One: Best Feeling > Can’t Wait Another Day, Can’t Stop Now, 100 Year Flood, Galactic > Glory Chords > Shine
Set Two: Texas > Bollymunster, Flying, Let’s Go Outside, Sweet Spot, It Is What It Is, Drums* > Rosie
Encore: White Freightliner Blues
* w/ Dave Watts of The Motet
Saturday, November 25
Set One: Band Intro > Stop, Drop, Roll, Little Hands > Song In My Head, Believe, Ophelia > Way Back Home > Rollover
Set Two: Drums*, Restless Wind > These Waves > Djibouti Bump > Hi Ho No Show, You’ve Got The World, Joyful Sound > Magic Carpet Ride > Just One Story
* w/ Kris Myers of Umphrey’s McGee
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