The String Cheese Incident came out swinging with an opening Birdland slammin’ sandwich, with a “Lonesome Road Blues” in the middle on Friday night at ExploreAsheville.com Arena.
Cheese brought the close-knit Asheville crowd into each other’s arms with “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance” and a jubilant “Mouna Bowa” before showcasing the brand new summer anthem, “Get Tight”. A concise, punchy “Little Hands” had people jumping off the walls before ending the set by letting everyone know how foxy they were with an emphatic “Beautiful”.
The second set started with a dazzling “Texas” before “Hi Ho No Show,” a recently released single on SCI’s new Soundlab project. An especially spunky “Falling Through the Cracks” transitioned into the absolute groove factory, a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish”. Always a fan-favorite, “It Is What It Is” exploded into heel-hammering “Can’t Stop Now” to close the set. The party came to a close with the sentimental sing-a-long, “Quinn The Eskimo”, which provided the perfect closure for the first night of what is sure to be an epic Summer Tour.
String Cheese Incident plays one more night in Asheville before heading further south for two shows in Atlanta to continue this run of Independence Incidents.
Set 1: Birdland > Lonesome Road Blues > Birdland, Lost > Don’t It Make Ya Wanna Dance, Mouna Bowa, Get Tight, Little Hands > Beautiful
Set 2: Texas, Hi Ho No Show, Falling Through The Cracks > I Wish, Piece of Mine, It Is What It Is > Can’t Stop Now
Encore: Quinn, The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
Written by Richard Oakley
Photographed by Anna Norwood