Last month, the String Cheese Incident dazzled Red Rocks Amphitheater with a three-night run, with the band throwing down some of their most well-received shows over the past few years. The quintessential Red Rocks hometown throwdown concluded a seven-night Colorado run. The Barefoot Boys got things started off with two-nights at Telluride’s The Ride Festival before moving to two-midweek shows at the newly renovated and re-opened Dillon Amphitheater, in Dillion, Colorado, finally concluding with three creative masterpieces at Red Rocks.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the weekend went down first set Saturday night, as the String Cheese Incident ripped through a massive sandwich of Weather Report’s “Birdland”. Starting off with the main theme of the 70’s jazz hit, the band smoothly transitioned into Pink Floyd’s “Fearless”, with drummer Michael Travis taking a rare lead on vocals. Travis’ tone and pitch were perfect for the Floyd cover, accompanied by smooth surrounding harmonies. Propelled by a scorching mandolin solo, Michael Kang led the band back into “Birdland”, giving keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth a chance to initiate a funky groove with his synth. Moving forward, the band picked up the pace, as Kang switched over to fiddle and coasted into aggressive bluegrass territory. Continuing on, String Cheese segued into “Freight Train Boogie”, the classic Doc Watson tune, with more impressive fiddle work by Kang. On the drop of a dime, Bill Nershi yelled out, “Wheel Hoss”, with Kang kicking the tempo up and torching Red Rocks, finally steering the ship back into the main theme of “Birdland”.
Today, the String Cheese Incident has shared pro-shot video of their “Birdland”> “Fearless”> “Birdland”> “Freight Train Boogie”> “Wheel Hoss”> “Birdland” fiasco for everyone to relive in all its glory. Check it out below:
String Cheese Incident-“The Birdland Jam Sandwich” [Pro-Shot]
[Video: The String Cheese Incident]
Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO | 7/21/18
Set One: Miss Brown’s Teahouse, Betray The Dark, Birdland > Fearless > Freight Train Boogie > Wheel Hoss > Birdland, Big Shoes, Rosie
Set Two: The Other Side , The Big Reveal, Joyful Sound > Rumble, Love Is Like A Train > Nothing But Flowers, Desert Dawn > Impressions > Desert Dawn
Encore: Kashmir 
Notes: 1 with Ruby Chase, 2 with Ruby Chase and The Main Squeeze
For an upcoming list of the String Cheese Incident’s tour dates and ticketing information, head to their website.