String Cheese Incident Celebrate 20 Years with Del McCoury Band, NYE Theatrics
The String Cheese Incident wrapped up their three-night New Year’s/20th Anniversary run at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, CO last night with a theatrics-filled three set marathon.
The show got going as the Del McCoury Band—who played the night’s opening set—joined Cheese on stage for “Rolling InMy Sweet Baby’s Arms,” “Shenandoah Breakdown” and “Cold Rain & Snow.” Fiddler Jason Carter and mandolinist Ronnie McCoury then stuck around for a “Wheel Hoss” that was sandwiched between “Birdland” before the band finished up the set with “Give Me The Love,” “Way Back Home” and “Valley of The Jig.” Cheese thenreturned for a shorter second set that featured takes on “Water,” “Colliding,” “Sirens,” “Windy Mountain,” “Stay Thru and “Las Vegas” before coming to a close with “Desert Dawn.”
The celtic-psychedelia of “Rivertrance” was sandwiched around “Glory Chords” to kick off the third set and play the crowd into the New Year. Thousands of balloons began to drop and numerous dancers and acrobats appeared throughout the venue, including a few that could be seen doing their thing inside of blown-up, oversized snowglobes. The band continued into “Happy New Year” before moving on to a “Let’s Go Outside” that segued into “Smile,” which was followed by a drum jam that became “It Is What It Is.” A take on the Talking Heads classic “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” then played into a reprise of the “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” from December 28 before the set wrapped up with another repairse—this time of the “Just One Story” from December 28. The night’s festivities then ended with a “Colorado Bluebird Sky” finale.
The String Cheese Incident will return to their stage in late February for International Incident at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico. The resort festival is currently the group’s only scheduled 2014 outing.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist as it appears in our Box Scores section
Tuesday, December 31, 2013, String Cheese Incident, 1stBank Center, Broomfield, CO
Set I: Rollin’ in My Sweet Baby’s Arms*, Cold Rain & Snow*, Birdland^, Give Me The Love> Way Back Home, Valley of the Jig
Set II: Water, Colliding, Sirens, Windy Mountain> Stay Thru, Las Vegas> Desert Dawn
Set III: Rivertrance > Glory Chords > Rivertrance, NYE Banter, Let’s Go Outside, Smile, Drums > It Is What It Is, This Must Be The Place > Heads Up Jam** > Just One Story
Enc: Colorado Bluebird Sky
Notes: *With Del McCoury Band ^With Jason Carter & Ronnie McCoury **with Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band reprise