The String Cheese Incident Fits Bust Outs Into 25th Anniversary Celebration Finale In Denver


The String Cheese Incident wrapped up their two-night run at Denver’s Mission Ballroom on Saturday night, which also marked the band’s final show of 2019 and therefore the last of their yearlong 25th anniversary run. As such, the band would treat fans to three sets, the first of which was a throwback to SCI’s early days.

Mandolinist Michael Kang greeted the home state crowd by saying, “This is the end of our 25th year so we’re gonna play an extra set for you guys!” Guitarist Bill Nershi then explained that the first set would reflect what fans may have heard from Cheese in Telluride, Colorado in the mid-1990s. Naturally, the selection featured a few bust outs.

The set contained a good amount of material from a 1995 Cheese recording distributed on cassette but later released as Aged Cheese in 2014 to mark the band’s 20th anniversary. SCI kicked off the show with the opening salvo on the album, “Lester Had A Coconut.” After “How Mountain Girls Can Love,” Cheese dusted off “Sunny Skies” for the first time since New Year’s Eve 2013. Next up, “Moonflower” ahead of perhaps the biggest bust out of the night in chronological terms with “Rhythmess” which was last played on July 18, 1996. The throwback set came to a close with “Little Hands” into “Dudley’s Kitchen.”

SCI kicked off the second set with “Can’t Wait Another Day” followed “Get Tight.” After “Best Feeling” jammed into “Outside And Inside,” the band played a song composed by keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth, “45th Of November,” which features a lyric from the late great Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. “Bhangra Saanj” came next before the set came to a close with “Howard.”

The third set commenced with Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” before a “Heads Up Jam” segued into “Beautiful.” The classic Nershi-penned “Black Clouds” followed ahead of a monster set ending section that kicked off with “Wake Up” into “Way Back Home.” “WBH” then headed into a “Rivertrance” sandwich that featured a bust out of “Whole Lotta Love” — Cheese hadn’t played the Led Zeppelin classic since their “Night Of The Loving Dead” 2017 Hulaween set. After returning to “Rivertrance,” SCI segued into “Colorado Bluebird Sky,” a rare repeat from the night before, to close out the set.

The String Cheese Incident retook the stage for an encore of the electro-tinged “Rosie” before leaving the stage again. But they would reemerge for a second encore of the classic and fitting “Good Times Around The Bend” to close out their 25th anniversary year on a positive note. Check out a clip of “Beautiful” below:

Setlist via SCI Facebook:

Set One: Lester Had A Coconut, How Mountain Girls Can Love, Sunny Skies, Moonflower, Rhythmess, Little Hands > Dudley’s Kitchen

Set Two: Can’t Wait Another Day, Get Tight, Best Feeling > Outside And Inside, 45th of November, Bhangra Saanj, Howard

Set Three: This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) > Beautiful, Black Clouds, Wake Up > Way Back Home > Rivertrance > Whole Lotta Love > Rivertrance > Colorado Bluebird Sky

Encore One: Rosie

Encore Two: Good Times Around The Bend