String Cheese Incident @ Horning’s Hideout, July 30
Words: Jason Gershuny
With the opening ceremonies behind us, the Horning’s Hideout festival fully hit its stride on Friday afternoon with workshops of all types and multiple stages locked into different pockets of diverse music. A couple of notable workshops included an audience participation drum session with the Toubab Krewe and 50 audience members on their own drums as well as a couple of different morning yoga sessions that have participants stretched out all over the expansive lawn by the Caldara Stage at the scenic site.
[ 360 Degree View of Under African Skies @ Hornings via Coventry Music]
Musically, we were treated to a wide range of styles that spanned from the soothing Americana sound of Bill Nershi and Scott Law, who showed off some of their acoustic and songwriting chops, to a funky-soul infused dance party of the Pimps of Joytime and lots of styles in between. The groove of the Pimps’ set closer, Keep that Music Playing, virtually created its own dust cloud formation that rose high above the Saw Mill Stage.
- Horning’s Hideout: Update #1
Yet even with all of these incredible daytime options, the real reason most honed in on this wooded paradise is for the Northwest’s first taste of String Cheese Incident in three years. And man were the fans ready for this one.
SCI opened up with the always apropos Smile which through the years has almost become a Horning’s Hideout theme song. The first set really got going when SCI launched into Born on the Wrong Planet, which with some of the intergalactic getups that folks were adorned in – one may just have to agree. An extended version of Paul Simon’s Under African Skies followed which led to the rare treat of the infrequently played Climb. The funky dance party of Miss Brown’s Teahouse brought out the Soul Rebels Brass Band to close the set. It was great to add a little New Orleans spice to the delicious mix of music. READ ON for more from Jason about Horning’s Hideout…