String Cheese Incident

Live at the Fillmore Auditorium — Denver, March 23, 2002

BY Sean PalmerstonPublished Mar 1, 2004

One of the most popular touring bands on the jam band circuit is Colorado quintet the Cheese String Incident. The past few years have seen the band move out of their home state and into halls across the U.S. and Canada, building a loyal, dedicated fan base in pockets all over the continent. Preferring to let the music speak, you don't see much written about the band in mainstream publications but their audience continues to grow. This two-DVD set sees the band returning home to their native state for a show at Denver's prestigious Fillmore Auditorium and it nicely captures what it is about the band that has made them such fan favourites. Presenting that night's full show over two discs, this multi-camera set looks and sounds great, and does much to showcase the band. The first set features a three-song guest spot from opener Ricky Skaggs and band where the bands combine to play some heartfelt, inspired traditional bluegrass. Set two also features a special appearance, as Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kruetzmann joins SCI drummer Michael Travis for an extended solo. Also, the musicianship in this band is exceptional, especially that of electric mandolin/violin player Michael Kang. The band still seems to be missing something in their compositions, although "Restless Wind," which closes the second set, is a great song. Plus: bonus, trailer, more. (Sanctuary/EMI)

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