First and foremost, we’d like to extend a warm happy birthday wish to Michael Travis, founding drummer of The String Cheese Incident. The band has a rich history through their twenty-plus year career, and we wanted to dig up a gem from the archives to properly celebrate. Of course, today is also 4/20, a holiday celebrated by marijuana enthusiasts everywhere. On this day in 2001, Cheese hit St. Louis for a truly smokin’ performance. From their show-opening “Smile” to the encore of “I Know You Rider,” fans at the Fox Theatre were dancing along the whole night.
Taking place exactly 16 years ago today, the show also featured a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Fearless,” played for the first time ever. The song was sung by the birthday boy himself, as Michael Travis led the Floyd cover towards the end of the second set. The song was sandwiched between “Little Hands” and “Texas,” which is never a bad place to be on a setlist.
Thanks to taper James Mullins, we have some top notch audio to share from the night. Tune in below.
[Photo courtesy of Daniel Ojeda]
Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at The Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO – 4/20/01
Set 1: Smile, Missin’ Me > Jam > Inspiration, The Road Home, Bend Down Low > Blue Bossa, Way Back Home
Set 2: Mouna Bowa, Sing a New Song > Jam > How Mountain Girls Can Love, Galactic, Little Hands > Fearless* > Texas
Encore: I Know You Rider