The String Cheese Incident made quite the splash upon entering Electric Forest last night, playing two high energy sets complete with special guests and a couple of very touching tributes to recently fallen stars.
The music world lost two angels this week, with legendary songwriter and banjo-picker Ralph Stanley passing away on Thursday, and Bernie Worrell, the keyboard wizard from Talking Heads and Parliament Funkadelic passing away mere hours before SCI’s performance. The band paid tribute with covers of the Stanley Brothers’ “Long Journey Home” and a longtime favorite version of the Talking Heads’ “Naive Melody” that was obviously sentimental for fans and the band, who had played with Worrell in the past and cite him as a huge influence.
Other highlights of the show included an extended “Best Feeling” followed up with a cover of James Brown’s “Cold Sweat” featuring Griz on the saxophone. The second set gave cheeseheads some of their favorite staples such as “Joyful Sound” and “Black Clouds” before bringing out Russ Liquid to add an extra layer of sauce to the ever fresh “Impressions” originally penned by John Coltrane. SCI went out with a big bang, playing a jubilant “Outside and Inside” before finishing with a free-wheeling disco party of “Rosie.”
Up Next: SCI will make their second appearance at Electric Forest tonight for a few more sure-to-be jam packed sets, and then it’s the countdown to their two-night header in Asheville starting July 1. Stay tuned! #justgotta
Let’s Go Outside
Long Journey Home
Pack It Up> Get Down On It> Pack It Up
Way that it goes
Give me the love
Outside and Inside
* with Griz
** with Russ Liquid
Written by Richard Oakley