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On November 7th, The String Cheese Incident made their return to The Tower Theater in Philadelphia. The last time the band played there was in December 2011. The show began with the title off their new album, Song in My Head. The album was released earlier this year. Produced by The Talking Head’s Jerry Harrison, It is their first studio release since 2009.
The String Cheese Incident recently celebrated Hulaween, their annual Halloween festival in Live Oak, Florida. After the festival, they kicked off their fall tour in Washington, DC. Stops for this tour include Ithaca, Port Chester, Portland, and Burlington. They will end the tour with a three night New Year’s run in Broomfield, CO.
After opening up with “Song In My Head”, a catchy song that will indeed get stuck in your head, they played “Rhum N Zouc”, “Eye Know Why”, “Doin’ My Time”, and “Black Market”. They finished the set with “On the Road” and “Rosie”. Their execution of “Rosie”, a song off the new album, was brilliant. It is impossible not to get down to this song with its sing a long lyrics and funky, electronic influence.
This Tower Theater show allowed the orchestra level to be general admission for the show. Normally ticket buyers are forced into seated sections. With this element being dissolved, you had more freedom to move and dance wherever you wanted. String Cheese opened up the second set with “Sweet Spot”. They are an incredible band because of their unique ability to incorporate different genres, including bluegrass, rock, jazz, reggae, and electronica, into their music at a master level. A highlight of the second set was “Can’t Wait Another Day” into “Bollymunster”. They encored with “Ramble On”.
They have been providing amazing setlists throughout the tour so far and it will be interesting to see what they chose to play as the tour continues. The String Cheese Incident is one of the most unique and talented bands of our time and everyone should go to see them at least once. With the recent announcement of the return of the “Winter Carnival” tour this January, the west coast will also have a chance to enjoy some cheese this season. Their mix of genres and amazing musicianship allows for people with diverse music tastes to come together and enjoy one great band. Long live cheese!