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Jam It and They'll Come

String Cheese Incident and
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Eagles Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI
Aug. 1, 2004

Big Head Todd
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
String Cheese Incident
String Cheese Incident
String Cheese Incident
String Cheese Incident

Review and Photos by Matt Schwenke

Big Head Todd and the Monsters and The String Cheese Incident came down from the mountains, and the music was good. The two Colorado bands, in the middle of their own summer tours, came together at the Eagles Ballroom to play in front of a crowd that filled the floor and balconies by the end of the night. While BHTM played to a crowd that was slowly filling the ballroom, their performance was worthy of having the place filled.
String Cheese Incident Starting off the evening with the new song "Peacemaker' Blues," BHTM rocked from there on out. Dishing up their mix of blues and rock, BHTM played their newer songs with a strong conviction and spiced up their older songs just enough to make them sound fresh. The strongest songs in the set from their new album included "Lost Child Astronaut" and "Love Transmission," while "Please Don't Tell Her," "Bittersweet," and "Circle" represented the timeless classics of BHTM. With a solid rhythm section and some keys backing him up this tour, Todd Park Mohr let his blues light shine, and the crowd that came early was drawn to the stage by a great band doing their thing their own way. Even though BHTM are not considered a "jam band," their ability to extend their solo sections may have earned them some much overdue respect from the "jam band crowd."
SCI took to the stage and slowly swept the crowd into a controlled wildfire. Starting out a little lethargic, SCI seemed to feed off of the large and vocal crowd. Playing "Naive Melody" by the Talking Heads in the first set, SCI got the crowd dancing, and the crowd got SCI moving. BHTM frontman Todd Park Mohr helped out too by making a guest appearance on guitar. Opening the second set with Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved," the dance party continued on. Though the covers were great, the bands' originals "Joyful Sound" and "Come As You Are" were spectacular and the crowd rewarded them with a call for an encore that shook the building. After the band got the crowd to yell and make as much noise as they could, the band slipped into their encore with some earthy bluegrass and then an interesting version of Bob Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues."
Despite the almost overwhelming heat that swirled in the ballroom, the SCI fans gave every ounce of energy they could to reward the bands' outstanding set.

String Cheese Incident
String Cheese Incident
Big Head Todd
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Big Head Todd
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
String Cheese Incident
String Cheese Incident

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