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Among fans of jam bands, a commonly held axiom for those who like Widespread Panic is, “Never miss a Sunday show.” For those who like String Cheese Incident, one that might be adapted is, “Never miss the second show of a three-night run.”
On Sunday night at 1stBank Center, hometown boys, String Cheese Incident, brought the goods in force over the course of three delectable hours.
“Home for New Year’s,” said String Cheese Incident bassist Keith Moseley at the 1stBank Center early Saturday night. Calling it the “Hometown Throwdown,” it is the first time the band has played a Denver-area New Year’s run, and the first time the band has played New Year’s in Colorado since 1996, when they played in Telluride.
“Something wasn’t right,” Bob Weir said Thursday night after he muffed the lyrics during his opening song, a jaunty “The Music Never Stopped.” The cagey, veteran performer quickly recovered, and finished the song with no further mishaps. Of course, the adoring crowd ate it up, and screamed for more, not caring for perfection, which has never been what the Grateful Dead and its many offshoots have been about.
“I’m really glad I’m not acid right now,” my friend said during moe.’s dark and frenetic jamming of the song “Ricky Marten” on Saturday night at the Ogden. Indeed, for those who prefer their jam music in the style that another friend of mine described as “happy happy, joy joy,” moe.’s fierce, guitar-driven music might come as a shock.