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 of stellar performances throughout their twenty-plus year career, so it’s only fitting to dig up a gem from the archives to properly celebrate. Of course, today is also 4/20, a holiday celebrated by cannabis enthusiasts everywhere. On this day in 2001, SCI hit St. Louis for a truly smokin’ performance at the Fox Theatre. From the first notes of the show-opening “Smile” to the encore of “I Know You Rider,” fans at the St. Louis venue that night in 2001 were treated to a show worth dancing along to all night long.
Taking place exactly 19 years ago today, the show also featured a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Fearless” played by the band for the first time ever. The song was sung by the birthday boy himself, as Travis led the band through the Floyd cover towards the end of the second set. The song was sandwiched between “Little Hands” and a 20-minute performance of “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.
The String Cheese Incident – Fox Theatre – 4/20/2001
[Audio: James Mullins]
Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | The Fox Theatre | St. Louis, MO | 4/20/2001
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 (Pink Floyd cover) > Texas
Encore: I Know You Rider (Traditional cover)
 SCI Debut
[Originally published on April 20th, 2017]