The String Cheese Incident
Louisville Palace Louisville, Kentucky
October 4, 2006
The String Cheese Incident brought their fall tour to Louisville's Palace theater on October 4. A smaller following than usual filed into the hallowed hall, anticipating an evening of sharp improvisatory twists and turns. SCI did not disappoint, delivering "MLT" to start the first set while grooving to Kyle Hollingsworth's keyboard fills. Michael Kang provided enough mando histrionics to fuel the fire of "Little Hands." From the band's One Step Closer disc, they chose the gentle vibes of "45th of November" to lead into a rollicking cover of Gram Parsons' "Ooh Las Vegas." Bassist Keith Moseley stepped up to sing a "100 Year Flood" that flowed into a high stepping hoe down version of "Sittin' On Top of the World."
To begin set two, SCI surprised the Palace's denizens by whipping out a cover of the Steve Miller Band's "The Joker" that had guitarist Billy Nershi running circles around the stage at a marathon pace. From there, the group belted out favorites "Rain" and "Shine" with drummer Michael Travis controlling both tunes' tempo and linear pacing. A swirling twenty minute take on "Jellyfish" found Nershi again grabbing the spotlight before The String Cheese Incident coalesced around a rousing, ending "Whiskey Before Breakfast."
After encoring with the fluid lines of "Tamba," SCI allowed one last gift to the town of Louisville, and the ode to the "Rhythm of the Road" left many smiles on the faces of the patrons flowing out of the Palace towards the parking lot entrepreneurs and their wares.