The String Cheese Incident Welcomes Jennifer Hartswick At Planet Bluegrass

By Scott Bernstein Sep 17, 2018 10:06 am PDT

The String Cheese Incident helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of Boulder’s Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, Colorado on Saturday. SCI was joined by special guest Jennifer Hartswick as part of their headlining performance at Mountain Sun 25th Anniversary – Colorado Kind Festival.

On Friday, the members of The String Cheese Incident took the stage without Michael Kang as the “Mountain Sun All-Stars.” Hartswick, Lenny Kravitz, Lyle Divinsky and Liza Oxnard aided the Kang-less Cheese on a series of covers including The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar,” Aretha Franklin’s “Chain Of Fools” and “Let Love Rule” by Lenny Kravitz.

Kang was back in the fold for SCI’s headlining sets on Saturday at Planet Bluegrass. The band’s first set began with a run of “Can’t Wait Another Day,” “Missing Me” and “Rivertrance.” The String Cheese Incident then performed “Purple Strains” by Onus B. Johnson. Next up was “Get Tight” before the sextet closed out the frame by pairing up classics “Black & White” and “‘Round The Wheel.”

Cheese opened their final set of the day with the title track from last year’s Believe and drummer Michael Travis’ recently debuted original “Illegal.” SCI continued by working “Stir It Up” into a raucous “I Know You Rider.” The band went on to bring out Hartswick after “Panama Red” for the return of “Grazing In The Grass.” Jennifer added trumpet to The String Cheese Incident’s first cover of the Hugh Masekela instrumental since October 15, 2004. Hartswick stuck around to contribute to “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” and “Jellyfish” before SCI concluded the set alone with “Rollover.”

When The String Cheese Incident returned for the encore, the band was joined once again by Jennifer Hartswick. Jennifer led the group on The Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)” on Saturday as she had done multiple times in the past. Cheese last played “Shake Your Body” with Hartswick back on July 3, 2015 at the High Sierra Music Festival.

Check out fan-shot videos courtesy of Kyle Isaac:

[Naive Melody > Jellyfish > Rollover]

[Panama Red]

[Believe, Illegal > I Know You Rider > Stir It Up > I Know You Rider]

Setlist (via SCI Facebook)

Set One: Can’t Wait Another Day, Missing Me > Rivertrance, Purple Strains, Get Tight, Black and White > Lovelight Jam > ‘Round The Wheel

Set Two: Believe, Illegal > I Know You Rider > Stir it Up > I Know You Rider, Panama Red, Grazing in the Grass*, Naive Melody* > Jellyfish* > Rollover

Encore: Shake Your Body*

* – with Jennifer Hartswick

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