The String Cheese Incident, Railroad Earth, Dispatch and More Higlight Electric Forest Day Two
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Rothbury, MI’s Electric Forest Festival continued yesterday. Though the third-annual festival maintains a focus on electronic music, big name jambands like Americana act Railroad Earth, jam-pop trio Dispatch and New Orleans stars Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave performed throughout the early part of the day. As they have during most of their late spring and summer shows, Dispatch covered The Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil.” They also brought out Trombone Shorty to play for a bit.
However, in many ways all of the day’s festivities simply felt like a warm-up for headliner The String Cheese Incident’s two-set performance. Unlike past years, when String Cheese played a day set and a second set later at night, yesterday’s show was a full two-set “evening with”-style show that stretched from 10:30pm until 2am. Both sets were electro-leaning, especially the second set, which featured a very house/trance reworking of “Rollover.” It marked the first time String Cheese performed the popular song at Electric Forest, though “Rollover” was actually the first song the sextet played at the festival’s predecessor event Rothbury in 2009. The show also included a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” during String Cheese Incident’s first set as well as a take on U2’s “Mysterious Ways” during their second set. “Mysterious Ways” arrived in the middle of “Rivertrance” and received some of the evening’s biggest cheers.
The String Cheese Incident will perform at Electric Forest again today.
Here’s a look at String Cheese’s set as it appears in our Box Scores section
Set I: Let’s Go Outside, Song In My Head > Can’t Stop Now, MLT > I Wish > On the Road, Joyful Sound > Bollymunster, Rosie
Set II: Miss Brown’s Teahouse, Best Feeling, Shantytown > Way Back Home > Drums > Rollover, Rivertrance > Mysterious Ways > Rivertrance
Enc: Freedom Jazz Dance > Just One Story