The String Cheese Incident, Pretty Lights and Beats Antique Help Close Electric Forest
Rothbury, MI’s third-annual Electric Forest Festival came to a close last night. The festival’s final day included event headliners The String Cheese Incident’s third show of the weekend on the festival’s main Ranch Arena stage during the early evening hours.
While String Cheese Incident’s Saturday performance was filled with electro-jams and Burning Man-inspired theatrics, last night’s first set focused on the band’s more roots-leaning side. Guitarist Bill Nershi and drummer Michael Travis took the stage by themselves at the start of the show and offered a duo version of “Elvis’ Wild Ride.” (Nershi joked that he “couldn’t find the rest of the band.”) After the song, the rest of the group trickled in and Kang mentioned that they were going to play an acoustic set. He also joked that they “would be doing acoustic openers for Pretty Lights for the rest of the summer.” After performing “Barstool,” “Missin Me” and “Boo Boo’s Pik a Nik,” String Cheese invited out the members of Greensky Bluegrass for Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City,” “Gold Rush,” “Doin’ My Time” and a bluegrass/reggae reworking of “I Know You Rider.” After “Gold Rush,” a loud, repetitive womp could be heard from another nearby stage hosting electronic music and Nershi remarked, “That songs called ‘Gold Rush,’‘’ too. String Cheese closed their first set with “Looking Glass” and The Allman Brothers Band’s “Jessica.” For much of String Cheese’s first set, keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth showed off his accordion skills.
The band plugged in for their second set and shifted their focus to the more rock-oriented side of their repertoire. They dotted their setlist with a few covers, including June Carter Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” and their own crowd-favorites like “Black Clouds.”
The end of String Cheese’s set featured the electro-fiddle tune “Valley of the Jig.”
Other Sunday Electric Forest highlights included Dopapod’s packed afternoon set at the Forest Stage, Greensky Bluegrass’ afternoon Ranch Arena show and Pretty Lights’ late night Ranch Arena performance. The latter set drew the weekend’s largest crowd and featured material from Pretty Lights’ new album A Color Map of the Sun. Beats Antique officially closed the festival around 2am this morning on the Sherwood Court stage.
Here’s a look at last night’s String Cheese setlist via Friendsofcheese.com
Sunday, June 30, Electric Forest, Rothbury, MI
Set I: Elvis’ Wild Ride, Barstool, Missin Me, Boo Boo’s Pik a Nik, Atlantic City (1), Gold Rush (1), Doin’ My Time (1), I Know You Rider (1), Looking Glass, Jessica
Set II: It Is What It Is, Smile, Piece of Mine, Betray the Dark Pack it Up, Dirk, Ring of Fire > Black Clouds
E: Valley of the Jig
(1) with Greensky Bluegrass