String Cheese Incident Celebrates The Mothership on Hulaween
Given its spaceship-like structure, proximity to a NASA headquarters and place in jamband history, Virginia’s Hampton Coliseum is known to many fans as The Mothership. So it makes sense that space was the theme of the String Cheese Incident’s Hulaween set at the venue.
Last night, the group sandwiched its second set within a cover of R.E.M.’s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine). String Cheese Incident performed numerous covers with a connection to space (both outer space and drums-and-space) in-between, including: Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle,” Parliament’s “Mothership Connection,” Jamiroquai’s “Space Cowboy,” King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man,” Deee Lite’s “Groove Is In The Heart,” Peter Schilling’s “Major Tom (Coming Home)” and The B-52’s “Planet Claire.” The only original song the band performed during its second set was the theme-appropriate “Born On The Wrong Planet.” In addition, the members of String Cheese Incident were augmented at various points throughout the set by backup singers and longtime collaborators Keller Williams and Liza Oxnard.
String Cheese Incident’s Hulaween shows are known for their elaborate stage setups. This year’s production fit squarely with the evening’s spacey, futuristic theme and featured dancers on raised pedestals throughout the venue. Each dancer was dressed in silver with Jetsons-style puffed hair. The group also utilized a disco ball chandelier for the second night in a row.
The group’s Hulaween show featured two other sets of mostly original material. Improvisational highlights included the extended opener “Come As You Are,” a 15-minute “Rivertrance” and the third set closing “Desert Dawn.”
Here’s a look at the setlist via Friends of Cheese
Saturday, October 30, Hampton Coliseum – Hampton, VA
Set I: Come As You Are, Restless Wind, Rain, Pack It Up, Turn This Around > Breathe > Turn This Around, Rivertrance, Las Vegas
Set II: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)*, Fly Like an Eagle > Born On The Wrong Planet, Motheship Connection^, Space Cowboy*, Groove Is In The Heart^, 21st Century Schizoid Man, Major Tom (Coming Home)*, Planet Claire* > Major Tom (Coming Home) > It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Set III: Piece of Mine, Bumpin’ Reel, Shine, Drifting > MLT > Drums > Desert Dawn
Enc: Search, Howard
^ with Keller Williams and Liza Oxnard
* with Liza Oxnard