String Cheese Incident Kick Off Hulaween with Plenty of Covers and Halloween Theatrics
The String Cheese Incident made their debut appearance at their new Suwanee Hulaween festival at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL last night. Fans were treated to a three-set extravaganza, including an exploratory, Halloween/Voodoo-themed second set that was filled with signature Cheese theatrics.
The set kicked off with the SCI classic “Desert Dawn,” which was followed by a “Rhythm of the Road” that segued into “Let’s Go Outside,” a newer song that’s been showing up a good bit over the last couple of years. “Doin’ My Time” came next before the band went into “Betray The Dark.” The tune was followed by a take on the group’s electro-Celtic rager “Valley of the Jig” that played into a set-closing rendition of another Cheese classic, “Texas.”
Things got pretty crazy during the Halloween-themed second set as numerous Voodoo-costumed dancers took the stage and inflatable Jack-o-Lanterns began popping up all over the crowd. The music got going with a cover of AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” that was followed by an extended instrumental jam that became the Neville Brothers’ “Voodoo” before transitioning into a cover Fela Kuti’s “Zombie.” The tune got pretty interesting, with a saxophone jam and teases of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” making it into the mix. Percussionist Jason Hann disappeared during the next song, a take on The Police’s “Spirits in the Material World,” only to return in a new costume for an extended rap segment, during which he covered Kanye West’s “Monster.” Hann’s MCing was followed by renditions of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Black Magic Woman” to close out the set.
The final set started off with the dance with the always-energetic “Rosie,” which featured an appearance by the Antibalas horns. “Big Mon” was then sandwiched between “Black Clouds,” which was followed by “It Is What It Is.” An extensive improvisational segment played into a dubbed out “Joyful Sound” before moving into a set closing “On The Road.” The Antibalas horns returned with Cheese for the first song of the encore, a super funky version of the SCI staple “Miss Brown’s Teahouse.” The show then wrapped up with covers of Hank Williams’ “I Saw the Light” and Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer.”
In addition to Cheese, the first day of Suwannee Hulaween also featured performances by Larry & Jenny Keel and Van Ghost. SCI will headline the next two days of the festival, which will also include sets from STS9, Big Gigantic, Steve Kimock & Friends, Conspirator, Emancipator, Leftover Salmon and many more.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via Friends of Cheese
Thursday, October 31, 2013, String Cheese Incident, Spirt of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, FL
Set 1: Desert Dawn, Rhythm of The Road > Let’s Go Outside, Doin’ My Time, Betray The Dark, Valley Of The Jig > Texas
Set 2: Hells Bells, Voodoo, Zombie, Spirits in the Material World, Monster, Voodoo Child > Black Magic Woman
Set 3: Rosie*, Black Clouds > Big Mon > Black Clouds, It Is What It Is, Spirit of Suwannee Jam > Joyful Sound > On The Road
Encore: Miss Brown’s Teahouse*, I Saw The Light, Sledgehammer
Notes: *with Antibalas horns