On Sunday, The String Cheese Incident brought their three-night weekend run to a close at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV.
The String Cheese Incident opened up their first set with the Keith Moseley-led “Sometimes A River”, off of the band’s 2005 One Step Closer studio release. Moving out of the song’s structured segment, Michael Kang took the lead with a smoking-hot solo on his electric mandolin, with Kyle Hollingsworth adding an extra touch of flavor on the keys. The six-piece moved forward with “Eye Know Why” and their newer SCI Sound Lab release “Manga” before delivering “Barstool”, the Bill Nershi tune that fans have been requesting in recent times. The tender song written for his daughter, Ariana, showcased the band’s impressive ability to hop between electric rock songs and acoustic gems.
SCI picked up the pace moving forward with “Falling Through The Cracks”, highlighted by some impressive improvisational work between Hollingsworth and Kang. The highlight of the set came next as the band unleashed a funky new debut, currently known as “Untitled #1”. The band moved forward with another SCI Sound Lab number “Vertigo” before bringing the first set to a close with “Rollover”.
The String Cheese Incident – “Jam”
[Video: Eric Adrian]
Following a brief set break, The String Cheese Incident came back out to open their second set with “Into The Blue”, a new arrangement that was debuted at SCI’s New Year’s Eve show at Broomfield, CO’s 1STBANK Center. Vegas is a destination where people have the luxury to let loose and have fun, and that is exactly what the band did moving forward, as they jumped into a massive segue of “Jellyfish” > “The Big Reveal” > “Get Tight” > “Howard”. The transition out of “Get Tight” and into “Howard” was explosive, as the receptive crowd erupted with applause and noise.
“Howard” was followed up by a cover of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place”, led by Hollingsworth on vocals. Nershi took the reigns next, leading his bandmates into “One Step Closer”, the title-track off of the band’s 2005 release. Paying homage to their roots, The String Cheese Incident closed up their second set with “Colorado Bluebird Sky”, initiating an all-out dance party. The band came back out to deliver a lone encore of Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish”, a funky ending to their 2018 Las Vegas incident.
The String Cheese Incident – “I Wish”
Next up for SCI is a three-night run at Lake Tahoe, CA’s Montbleu Resort, set to take place this weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
For ticketing information and a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to The String Cheese Incident’s website.
Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | The Cosmopolitan | Las Vegas, NV | 2/17/2019
Set One: Sometimes a River, Eye Know Why, Manga, Barstool, Falling Through The Cracks, Untitled #1 ^, Vertigo > Rollover
Set Two: Into The Blue, Jellyfish > The Big Reveal > Get Tight > Howard, This Must Be The Place > One Step Closer > Colorado Bluebird Sky
Encore: I Wish
^ = FTP
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