After three long years The String Cheese Incident returned to the northeast, stopping at the region’s new gem of a venue The Capitol Theatre. After releasing their first studio album in nine years, Song In My Head, Cheese has taken to the road for what has turned out to be a correctly hyped tour. Sensible Reason caught night two of their two night Capitol Theatre run and boy was it a barn burner. The Capital Theatre is a virtual palace of jam music remodeled to continue keep the flame alive of acts like the Grateful Dead who played legendary shows at the Theatre in its heyday.
The night started off with a fun and lively version of “Johnny Cash” into a well executed “Got What He Wanted”. The rest of the set was slow and steady, giving String Cheese a chance to highlight their diverse range of musical taste. Ending the set was a fan favorite “Rosie” with a synth heavy sit in from Kung Fu’s Todd Stoops.
Set 2 began with “Texas” and kept up a breakneck pace. “Can’t Stop Now” was particularly memorable with some of the string pickin’ good sounds that String Cheese is famous for. Throughout the first part of the second set I felt the need to document what was going on on stage in a form more accurate the memorization I can create through prose. Enjoy the over 18 minute video that includes a whimsical and at times heart thumping “Rhythm Of The Road” and a heart pumping “Can’t Stop Now”; what can I say there were a lot of emotions that had to do with the heart involved in this set. One of the highlights of the night was the behemoth of a song “Rivertrance”. “Rivertrance” is one of my favorite SCI songs. It combines the high-energy carelessness and abandon of Irish folk dance and a heart pounding transient nature that would make the Detroit masters proud to call it trance, albeit being made by a live band most famous for their bluegrass and string instrumentalism. the set ended with a high energy just one story. A song that after the long lyric-less “Rivertrance” was one last chance for the crowd, including myself to sing along too.
Greg Sarafan founded Greg Sarafan’s Sensible Reason in 2007. He started blogging for HeadCount in January 2011. Soon after he organized and ran a small but successful charity festival called Binghamtronica to benefit HeadCount and OxFam America. He is a Team Leader in NYC as well as Artist Relations representative for HeadCount. Greg has BAs in political science and art history from Binghamton University. Greg has a J.D. as well as a Certificate in Intelectual Property, Media and Privacy from Brooklyn Law School . Greg also volunteers for OxFam America as a Concert Outreach Coordinator. In 2009 Greg presented his theory of Artistic Stylistic Transmission in the Royal Mughal Atelier at an art history symposium at Ohio State University.