Writer and photographer Alan Crandall submitted the following guest blog originally published at TimesCall.com:
What do Vegas, Elvis, the mad hatter, hugging bears, LED hoopsters and glitter-faced smiling nymphs have in common? Well, if you read yesterday’s blog post, you guessed the String Cheese Incident’s Winter Carnival, taking place at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield this weekend. Friday’s sold-out show would have been well-attended without all of the costumed-glitter fun. But, hey, it is a three-day party with one of Colorado’s very own jam bands, so why not have a costume contest?
The String Cheese Incident, composed of Michael Kang, Bill Nershi, Kyle
Hollingsworth, Keith Moseley, Michael Travis and Jason Hann, found its stride Friday and is performing with a sound many fans claim reminiscent of years past, when the band toured more frequently and was a regular
feature at many festivals.
One of the band’s founding members, acoustic guitarist Bill Nershi, even stated during the second set that it was great to perform in Colorado at the Broomfield venue and after not performing for a while to be in
front of so many smiling fans. He smiled and said, “This is the sh–.”
The final day is sure to be filled with more costumed carnival capers and great new and old SCI jams. Saturday’s opening band is Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, which almost guarantees that the performances are going to get
funky. The show is sold out according to the band’s web site, but digital
downloads of the earlier shows are already available on SCI’s Facebook page.