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The String Cheese Incident at the Capitol Theatre

The String Cheese Incident

Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York

May 26th 2019

By Robert Tellerman

tillman-4On Sunday night, The String Cheese Incident played the second night of their Memorial Day Weekend run at the legendary Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. This year marks the band’s 25th anniversary. The band is composed of Michael Kang, Michael Travis, Bill Nershi, Kyle Hollingsworth, Jason Hann and Keith Moseley.

They opened the show with their 2018 single tillman-6“Vertigo”. Then Kyle Hollingsworth kicked off a 16-minute version of “Black and White” which he transitioned nicely into “Can’t Wait Another Day”. After that, they kicked off the first of many cover songs of the night, Peter Rowan’s “Midnight Moonlight”. That was followed by “Valley of the Jig” and “Siren’s” which were both on their 2003 album “Untying the Knot”. The first set ended with “Restless Wind” from the 1998 album “Round the Wheel” which highlighted Nershi tearing it up on acoustic guitar.

tillman-3After a brief intermission, the crowd was immediately charged back up as the bandbegan their second set with “Just One Story”. Next up was “Rosie” and the title track to the 2014 album “Song In My Hand”, which both songs also appeared on. Then came the second cover of the night, The Jerry Garcia’s Band’s “Tore Up Over You”.  Some of The Grateful Dead’s most legendary shows happened right there at The Capitol Theatre in the early seventies, long before most of the people in the audience, including myself were even born. Then there was a lengthy version of “45th of November” from the 2005 album “One Step Closer”. Another highlight of the night was the band’s’ cover of The Talking Heads “Burning Down the House”. After that, they performed “Wheel Hoss” which was written by one of the founders of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe in 1955. The set then ended with a cover of The Weather Report’s classic “Birdland” before they circled back to the sets first song, “Just One Story”.

The 4 hour plus show ended with a one song encore of “Barstool”. 

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