Dumpstaphunk and Robert Randolph Helped Celebrate 25 Years of Music History
On Saturday, December 29 the String Cheese Incident returned to the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado for the second night of live music with special guests featuring members of Dumpstaphunk and Robert Randolph.
The first set started off slower in comparison to Friday night. After being spoiled with almost a full set with the guest musicians on Friday, I was hoping for the same level of interaction on Saturday evening. It did occur to me that if a special guest musician is on stage for too long, it does limit the special value of their performance.
The 1st Bank Center has setup a lobby area that also serves as a museum for the past 25 years of SCI history. Guests can take photos together, and experience the band’s music in a relaxing setting.
On Friday evening, the venue was transformed into a vibe that mirrored the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colorado.
On Saturday evening, the venue honored New Orleans musicians featuring Ian Neville and Ivan Neville. Tony Hall also provided support from the band Dumpstapunk. The cast of musicians from New Orleans brought out the JazzFest side of the String Cheese Incident.
Each of the nights of music hosted a special geographical theme that I felt was intelligent and remarkable for a band to think of that concept 25 years into their career.
Two close friends pointed out an artist by the name of Scramble Campbell. He is a painter that has been doing live work of SCI since 2000. The originality of his work can be seen from his painting on Saturday evening.
During the second set SCI broke out a classical tease of ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ before going into ‘Beautiful.’ The encore treated the audience to a first time performance of ‘Red Hot Mama’ with Dumpstaphunk and Robert Randolph joining the band on stage. It reminded me of the energy that was birthed at JazzFest in the late 90s, and spilled over to creating Bonnaroo and the music festival scene since 2002. The genuine love that the musicians share with one another translated at the 1st Bank Center on Saturday evening.
The music started around 8:00 p.m. and concluded around midnight. Friends of Cheese put together a setlist from the 12/29/18 show:
You’ve Got the World, Little Hands > Manga, Miss Brown’s Teahouse > It Is What It Is, Get To You1, Congo Square12
Got Soul3, Voodoo Child3, Sweet Spot, Restless Wind > Hi Ho No Show, Falling Through the Cracks, Vertigo > Beautiful
Red Hot Mama45
1 with Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk, 2 Sonny Landreth cover, LTP 05-03-00, 3 with Robert Randolph, 4 with Dumpstaphunk and Robert Randolph, 5 Funkadelic cover, first time played
Watch the first song from sets one and two via nugs.tv on YouTube. Make sure to check out the second set opener, it is soulful and packed with heat. The NYE performance will also be streamed via nugs.tv this evening.
Browse through upcoming tour dates for the String Cheese Incident below the videos.