The Infamous Stringdusters Members Join String Cheese Incident In Denver
The String Cheese Incident kicked off a two-night at Mission Ballroom in Denver on Friday night. SCI welcomed members of The Infamous Stringdusters to close out the first set and the evening for the Colorado-based band’s first outing at the lauded new Denver venue.
Cheese kicked things off with “Close Your Eyes” followed by “So Far From Home” which led into the Kyle Hollingsworth composed “MLT,” giving the keyboardist a chance to get spacey. After “Gone Crooked” and “Shine,” guitarist Bill Nershi got the crowd involved with a “Group Hoot” before introducing dobro player and banjoist Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters. The sit-in got started with “One Step Closer,” which saw Hall, Pandolfi, Nershi and mandolinist Michael Kang all trading licks. They then jammed – with Kang shouldering his fiddle – into a “Bollymunster” that will likely go down as one of the greatest in Cheese lore with Hall, Pandolfi and Kang firing on all cylinders to close out the set.
SCI kept their foot on the gas for the second set, a nonstop affair that got started with the classic “Texas. The tune saw some great playing from Nershi and Kang. Hollingsworth would step back into the spotlight on “Galactic” which rolled into “Rollover” which in turn headed into “Sirens” including some electric guitar work from Nershi. Kang grabbed his fiddle for the Celtic-tinged “Valley Of The Jig” before leading the band into “It Is What It Is.” SCI got grassy again with the Nershi-penned “Colorado Bluebird Sky” which may have contained a “Texas” call back. “Let’s Go Outside” into “All We Got” would bring the second set to a close.
But Cheese still had a few tricks up their sleeves. The three-song encore got underway with percussionist Jason Hahn hopping behind the kit and drummer Michael Travis stepping into the spotlight with a white lab coat and leading the band through Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me With Science.” Pandolfi and Hall then rejoined the band for an “I Know You Rider” that segued into Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up” before returning to “Rider” to close out the evening.
Check out video clips from the show including the Stringdusters sit-in below:
Setlist via SCI Facebook:
Set One: Close Your Eyes, So Far From Home, MLT, Gone Crooked, Shine, Group Hoot*, One Step Closer* > BollyMunster*
Set Two: Texas > Galactic > Rollover > Sirens > Valley Of The Jig > It Is What It Is > Colorado Bluebird Sky > Let’s Go Outside > All We Got
Encore: Blinded Me With Science, I Know You Rider* > Stir It Up* > I Know You Rider*
* = w/ Andy Hall & Chris Pandolfi