On Friday, The String Cheese Incident headlined the first full day of music at DelFest with two guest-filled sets. Ahead of The String Cheese Incident’s two sets on Friday, bluegrass favorites like Sierra Hull, Billy Strings, and The Del McCoury Band warmed up the Grandstand main stage with sets of their own.
SCI got the whole DelFest family involved on their first set, welcoming a string of bluegrass heavyweights including Joe Craven (on “Manga”), Del McCoury Band members Ronnie McCoury, Robbie McCoury, and Jason Carter (who stuck around for several songs including “Colorado Bluebird Sky”, the SCI debut of Hank Williams‘ “Long Gone Lonesome Blues”, “Boo Boo’s Pik-A-Nik”, Steve Miller Band‘s “Take The Money and Run” > “Salt Creek” > “Take The Money and Run”, and “Big Mon”), and Cody Kilby, Alan Bartram and Del McCoury himself (on a cover of Leon Jackson‘s “Love Please Come Home”).
The band’s second slot began without the barrage of guests from the first set, as SCI worked through “Hi Ho No Show”, “Way Back Home”, and “Rollover” with their core lineup. However, they had been hinting at a collaboration with Billy Strings on social media (“We hear Billy Strings is nearby). That sit-in came to fruition when Billy Strings frontman William Apostol joined the band on guitar and vocals for a quick-pickin’ showdown between Billy Strings and Billy Nershi on a rendition of “Black Clouds”.
You can watch crowd-shot video of The String Cheese Incident and Billy Strings’ William Apostol performing “Black Clouds” at DelFest below:
The String Cheese Incident w/ Billy Strings – “Black Cloud”
[Video: Michael Beyer]
You can also watch fan-shot footage of the full second set below:
The String Cheese Incident – DelFest – Set Two – 5/24/19
DelFest continues today with sets by Larry Keel Experience, The Gibson Brothers & The Mockingbird Band, I’m With Her featuring Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, Keller Williams’ PettyGrass, Tyler Childers, The Travelin’ McCourys, Railroad Earth, and more. For a full schedule, head here.
From here, The String Cheese Incident will head to Port Chester, NY’s The Capitol Theatre for a three-night run of shows. For a ticketing info and a full list of their upcoming dates, head to the band website.
Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | DelFest | Cumberland, MD | 5/25/19
Set One: Got What He Wanted > Cant Stop Now, Manga1, Betray The Dark, The Road Home, Colorado Bluebird Sky2, Long Gone Lonesome Blues23, Boo Boo’s Pik-A-Nik2 > Take The Money And Run2 > Salt Creek2 > Take The Money And Run2 > Big Mon2 > Boo Boo’s Pik-A-Nik, Love Please Come Home4, I Saw The Light5
Set Two: Hi Ho No Show > Way Back Home > Rollover, Black Clouds6, Illegal > Close Your Eyes
Encore: I Wish
Notes: 1 with Joe Craven on Talking Drum, 2 with Ronnie McCoury on Mandolin, Robbie McCoury on Banjo, Jason Carter on Fiddle, 3 Hank Williams Tune (First Time Played),4 Leon Jackson tune with Del McCoury, 5 Hank Williams tune with Del McCoury & Alan Bartram on Bass, Cody Kilby on Acoustic Guitar, 6 with Billy Strings on Acoustic Guitar & Vocals