The Sting Cheese Incident with the Ghoul Train at Hulaween 2015. Photo by: Dave Vann
The Sting Cheese Incident with the Ghoul Train at Hulaween 2015. Photo by: Dave Vann

Halloween with the Ghoul Train

Halloween on a Saturday is a rare and a special kind of party that has not happened since 2009, and won’t happen again until 2020. This was a genuine Saturday night Halloween Incident that we had on our hands featuring The String Cheese Incident. The first set started off hot and fast, and all of a sudden we were deep in a ‘Rivertrance’, putting the crowd right where they wanted to be.

Red lights shined above the stage as the train drove into focus and those classic letters lit up, GOUL TRAIN. Billy Nershi shouts out GOUUUUUUL TRAIN to announce its arrival.


Wu-Tang Clan’s own GZA, dressed the role as Don Cornelius from Soul Train to host the event. The beautiful dancers took the stage in grand ’70s fashion. In true Halloween spirit, this was the mecca of funk cover classics. Music ranged from Earth, Wind, & Fire to the hardest workingman in show business, James Brown.

The band closed out their set by paying tribute to Sly & The Family Stone as the train steamed into the station. Lights clapped, confetti snowed, pyrotechnic sparks shot from the stage area, and dancers skated and danced across the stage.

It was the funkiest Incident I’d ever had the pleasure of being apart of. When I was growing up, I spent time watching re-runs of Soul Train late on Saturday nights, but this was the real deal. As the Goul Train ended, GZA signed off, “peace and soul!” It was one funky ride!

After a quick breath and stretch, the band picked right back up. This was some aged to perfection, tasty cheese. The Antibalas Horns made up of James Walton, Martin Perna, Jordan McLean, & Raymond Mason is becoming a staple of Hulaween. The band ended with a groovy rendition of Rosie. SCI led a groovy sing a long of an encore with a little Stevie Wonder and Sister Sledge. It was one-of-a-kind special funky ride.
The String Cheese Incident Hulaween Setlist:

Live at Hulaween 2015 | 10/31/15

Set One:
Dudley’s Kitchen, Lost > So Far From Home, Xai Xai, Sweet Spot, Close Your Eyes, Rivertrance > Beautiful

Set Two:
Brick House, Got To Be Real, Dancing In September, Pick Up The Pieces, I’m Your Boogie Man, Car Wash, Lady Marmalade, Cold Sweat, I Want To Take You Higher>Dance To The Music

Set Three:
BollyMunster, Desert Dawn, Best Feeling > Exodus > Best Feeling> Search > Drums > Search, You’ve Got The World > Black Clouds > Rosie*

Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours#, We Are Family#

* with Antibalas Horns, # with Antibalas Horns, Sheryl Renee and Leonard Julien

ODESZA Setlist at Hulaween | 10/31/15

How Did I Get Here –
Sia – Big Girls Cry (ODESZA remix)
White Lies Vs. I Want You
All We Need –
Beat Connection – Saola (ODESZA remix)
Above The Middle
Sun Models-
If Theres Time
Pretty Lights – One Day Theyll Know (ODESZA remix)
KI Theory – Open Wound (ODESZA remix)
Keep Her Close
Slow Magic-Waited For You (ODESZA remix)
Porter Robinson- Divinity (ODESZA remix)
My Friends Never Die
We Were Young
ZHU- Faded (ODESZA remix)
Hayden James -Something About You (ODESZA remix)
Say My Name
I Play You Listen –
Angus & Julia Stone -Heartbreak (ODESZA remix)
Unreleased #2

Chance the Rapper’s Setlist | 10/31/15

Everybody’s Something
Pusha Man
Smoke Again
Brain Cells
Baby Blue
Heaven Only Knows
The Way
(Old) Arthur
Home Studio
Sunday Candy
Favorite Song
(Colbert Video Queue)


Chain Smoker
The New Mastersounds Hulaween Setlist | 10/31/15

Way Out West
Take What I Need
Phishy Phishy
All Wrapped Up
You Mess Me Up
Summercamp / Hop


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