After a fun first night at the Kings Theatre, the String Cheese Incident returned to Brooklyn last night to complete their two-night run and their Summer tour to a close. The show was filled with thrilling moments, excellent jams, spot-on covers, and a high octane guest spot from Gregg Allman Band’s Scott Sharrard.Coming out of the gate hot, the band opened with a thumping, extended version of “Valley Of The Jig” that really got the crowd moving. The soulful and funky “Black And White” came next, and the band took that song out for a walk before segueing into a fun, Latin-tinged “Yo Se”. After a quick version of “Farther”, the band played “Sweet Spot”, a track from the band’s new SCI Sound Lab project. SCI kept the newer songs going with a fun take on the Kyle Hollingsworth tune “Stop Drop Roll” before finishing up set one with a huge, locked in version of their classic “Round The Wheel”.After a short break, SCI returned to the stage and immediately picked up where they left off. “Desert Dawn” was the perfect set two opener. After a spirited run through the song’s form, the band performed easily the jam of the night, moving as a unit through several unique, progressive rock-like sections before bringing the song to its natural end. The impressive improv section was a true highlight in a show filled with them.After the raging set two opener, the band returned to their Sound Lab to perform another new track, “Get Tight”. After a short-but-sweet version of the new song, the band picked things back up with a funky version of “Rain” that gave the band another opportunity to stretch out their improv muscles, with Michael Kang coming in at the perfect time to bring the jam to its climax.Rhythm guitarist / singer Billy Nershi then stepped up to the microphone to introduce a special guest, none other than Scott Sharrard. Sharrard played the entire Allmans Family Incident with the band at The Peach Festival on Friday, serving as band leader as the band worked through a set of Allman Brothers classics. The band seemed to be loving the Allman Brothers musical vibe, and kept the party going with incredible versions of “Hot’Lanta” and “Southbound” that simply had the audience going bananas. Sharrard was particularly impressive, trading lead solos with Michael Kang in true tension-release fashion, creating an enormous amount of energy in the room. Anyone who was at The Peach on Friday was gifted with some bonus Allmans material, and anyone who missed The Peach was absolutely blessed to catch some of the magic from that performance. Sharrard and SCI also managed to slip in a version of “On The Road” in between the two covers, and overall created a huge, non-stop segment of musical magic.Watch “Hot ‘Lanta” below, courtesy of Gabe Sokker.Sharrard left the stage to raucous applause, and the band kicked into the evening’s final segment. Starting with “Way Back Home”, the band moved quickly into “Whiskey Before Breakfast” before landing on an out-of-left-field, set-closing cover of Led Zeppelin‘s epic rocker “Kashmir” that left the crowd begging for more.The band took a short break before delivering a three-song encore to finish their summer tour. Opening with “Honky Tonk Heroes”, the band then turned in a quick version of “Hobo Song” before creating one more opportunity to rage with their fans, bringing things to a close with a huge version of “Rosie” that had the crowd dancing all the way out of venue and into the streets of Brooklyn.After a great summer that saw the String Cheese Incident bring their carnival-esque live show across the country, the band capped off their summer with an excellent show that found the band truly locked in and in command of their collective sound. The fun covers, spirited jamming, and all-around positive vibes all add up to a band that’s currently at the top of its game.The String Cheese Incident will now take a few months off before they play three nights at Suwanee Hulaween this October.The String Cheese Incident | Kings Theatre | Brooklyn, NY | 8/15/2016Set 1: Valley of the Jig, Black and White > Yo Se, Farther, Sweet Spot, Stop Drop Roll, Round the WheelSet 2: Desert Dawn, Get Tight, Rain, Hot ‘Lanta, On the Road > Southbound, Way Back Home > Whiskey Before Breakfast > KashmirEncore: Honky Tonk Heroes, Hobo Song, Rosie Feat. Scott Sharrard on guitar
Glen W. Smith, age 50 of Batesville, died Saturday, May 21, 2016. Born December 10, 1965 in Madison, Indiana, he is the son of Della (Nee: Watts) and William Smith. He married Judy Amberger September 8, 1990 at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church. He was a driver for UPS 28 years and a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local #135.Glen didn’t know a stranger. He was a people person who brought out the best in others. He treated everyone with respect and would always have a compliment for women. Judy teased that he fancied himself a ladies’ man. He loved having people at the house and entertaining. According to his family, Glen liked to golf, go dancing, was a Colts fan, listen to hard rock music and a cold Busch Light now and again wasn’t a bad thing. He also enjoyed working on cars as well and buying and selling them. Many will remember his distinctive laugh and the countless events he fried chicken for.Glen is survived by wife Judy; sons Alex and Trevor of Batesville; mother Della Smith; sister and brother in law Belinda and Bob Harris; brothers and sister in laws Michael and Cathy Smith, Kenneth and Andi Smith and Philip and Jennifer Smith, all of Friendship, Indiana. He is preceded in death by his father.Visitation is Wednesday, May 25th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26th, at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church with Rev. Shaun Whittington officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Corinne’s Believer’s Scholarship Fund or the Friendship Fire Department.