Load remaining images Fans at the first two nights of The String Cheese Incident‘s New Year’s run at Broomfield, CO’s 1STBANK Center witnessed two solid performances, all leading up to the big night. To just say the group delivered would be an understatement. Cheese laid it all out on the table for a three set extravaganza that featured some of the band’s biggest hits, and a few surprises thrown in for good measure.With a packed house ready to ring in the New Year, SCI came out strong with a “San Jose” opener that got things going early on and never let up from there. “Outside and Inside” led into a cover of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Hot ‘Lanta” before veering its way into the Grateful Dead‘s “Deal” to close out the set.If the first set was good, the second set was straight fire. “Close Your Eyes” saw Kyle Hollingsworth take the lead, and despite playing with a cast on his left hand, it proved to not be as much of a hinderance as you would expect. “Orange Blossom Special” brought the hoedown to the 1STBANK Center, and featured nice work on the violin from Michael Kang. SCI opened things up with “Best Feeling,” as the group sandwiched a cover of The Police‘s “Walking On The Moon” (with Michael Travis on vocals) before making their way back into a serious “Best Feeling” jam. And then “Howard” happened, and it was absolutely glorious, with everyone in the crowd going bonkers.For their New Year’s proper set, the gentlemen of SCI strolled out on stage all decked out in suits and tuxedos, making it a truly formal affair. “Youv’e Got The World” was the song that brought us into 2017, as a Cirque du Soleil style performance ensued, with acrobats streaming down from the rafters, dancing on platforms on the floor, and a huge silver ball opening up to reveal a Merry-Go-Round of performers riding horses. And lots of balloons and confetti!The dark, brooding build to the drop into “Rivertrance” had the crowd foaming at the mouth, as the fan-favorite brought out the tribal vibe that we were all anticipating the entire night, whipping the venue into a complete frenzy. A Keith Moseley-led “Sirens” was a welcome addition to the set, while “Beautiful” closed out the show. It’s one of the best new songs the group has come out with in recent years, and has become a major jam vehicle.For the encore, SCI covered Bob Dylan‘s “The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)” before closing things out with “Sitting On Top Of The World”….which we were all doing on this very special night. Front to back, this show was absolutely stellar, with not one dull moment. It was a masterful performance through and through. The String Cheese Incident was at the top of their game on New Year’s Eve, and when that happens, there is no other place in the world to be.“Walking On The Moon > Best Feeling”:“Just One Story” New Year’s Ball Drop:“Rivertrance”“Sirens > Beautiful”:[all videos courtesy of PhatBeats 420]All photos courtesy of Jake Cudek; see a full gallery below.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | 1STBANK Center | Broomfield, CO | 12/31/16Set 1: San Jose, Song In My Head, MLT, Who Am I, Outside and Inside > Hot ‘Lanta > DealSet 2: Close Your Eyes, Looking Glass > Orange Blossom Special, Get Tight, Best Feeling > Walking On The Moon > Best Feeling, Howard, You’ve Got The WorldSet 3: You’ve Got The World, Just One Story, Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance, Rivertrance, Sirens, BeautifulEncore: The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo), Sitting On Top Of The World
History and adventure–doesn’t get much better than that, right? We’re lucky that our National Park Service values the preservation of historical sites around the country, and we’ve put together a list of some of the best battlefields and historical sites where you can also get your outdoor adventure on.Kings Mountain National Military ParkBlacksburg, South CarolinaMost of the battles of the Revolutionary War took place in South Carolina, and Kings Mountain National Military Park is known as the location of the “turning point” of the war. In this spot in October 1780, the Patriot militia won the first major victory since the British invasion of Charleston that year. The little park park includes a 1.5-mile battlefield trail and a visitors’ center that holds special events and activities for visitors. It also happens to be less than five miles away from Kings Mountain State Park, which features nearly 40 miles of hiking trails, a lake with boating and fishing access, a playground and picnic shelters. You’ll also find several geocaches in the area if you look hard enough, plus volleyball and basketball courts. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park Greensboro, North CarolinaOfficially preserved for public use since 1912, the Guildford Courthouse National Military Park honors the site of a 1781 Revolutionary War battle that is said to have ultimately led to the British surrender seven months later. Activities in the park include colonial reenactments and special events for holidays. Most of the monuments are accessible by car, but if you want to stretch your legs and get some exercise, a roughly three-mile hike through the battlefield will give you access to most of them. And when you’re done soaking up the history, if you still have a hankering for some physical activity, the trail system in the battlefield connects to other trails in Greensboro, so you can process everything you just learned while taking a nice long walk or run.Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Harpers Ferry, West VirginiaWhere the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet, you really get the best of both worlds when it comes to history and adventure. The 4,000-acre park encompases land in West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland, and includes a quaint, historic downtown area with restaurants, shops, and museums. The battle of Harpers Ferry during the Civil War was fought September 12-15, 1862 as General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army invaded Maryland. After roaming around the downtown area (particularly the monuments and plaques at the bottom of the hill) taking in all the area’s history, your outdoor recreation options are practically unlimited. Take a bike ride along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, check out the Appalachian Trail (which happens to run right through the area), or visit one of the many nearby outfitters for guided activities like whitewater rafting, tubing, paddleboarding, and ziplining.Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park Georgia, TennesseeDedicated in 1895, Chickamauga & Chattahoochee Military Park covers more than 9,000 acres in Georgia and Tennessee. The park includes both the Chickamauga Battlefield and Lookout Mountain Battlefield, both sites of Civil War battles in 1863. The Tennessee River is lined with several monuments and reservations, and other historical sites in the park include Orchard Knob, where General Ulyssess S. Grant directed troops during the Battle of Chattanooga, and Signal Point, where soldiers across the valley signaled to one another using flags to communicate. And if you haven’t checked out the Cumberland Trail yet, you should put that on your list while you’re checking out all the historical sites. The north-south footpath passes through 11 counties in Tennessee and as of the end of 2015, nearly 200 miles were open to the public for hiking. National Battlefield Park Richmond, VirginiaWhen it comes to American history, we dare you to find a better place to soak it all in than Richmond, Virginia. Historical sites in the park include battlefields like Malvern Hill, Cold Harbor, and Gaines’ Mill, plus a Confederacy hospital and the historic Tredegar Iron Works. A driving tour covers all 13 sites along a route of about 80 miles. And just because you’re in a capital city doesn’t mean you won’t have access to outdoor activities. Near the Richmond National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center is access to Belle Isle, a 540-acre island accessible by a footbridge that runs below the Robert E. Lee Bridge. Take a picnic to enjoy on the island’s rocks, and check out the pedestrian-and-bike-friendly trails and small cliffside for some rock climbing.[divider]More From BlueRidgeOutdoors.com[/divider]
“Sometimes you get into these situations where people are going to put these long heartfelt messages on your Instagram or your Twitters and you probably don’t mean it,” Williams said. “I enjoyed my time in Houston but it was short-lived and it really didn’t make a huge impression on my life.”The midseason trade from the Lakers interrupted one of the best seasons of his career. Williams led the Lakers with 18.6 points in 58 games, all but one of them off the bench. Had he not been traded, he believes he would have won his second Sixth Man of the Year award in three years.“For sure,” he said. Even after the trade, which paired him with the eventual winner of the award bestowed upon the league’s top reserve, Eric Gordon, Williams thought he had a chance.“You kind of still felt like if there’s an opportunity to accomplish something you would like to,” he said. “But after I got traded that kind of closed the door on that.”Though his minutes actually increased in Houston, Williams’ shooting numbers all dipped and his scoring fell to 14.9 points per game.That did not affect the impression he made on Patrick Beverley, the new Clippers guard who came over with Williams in the trade with Houston.“He gets buckets. It’s that simple,” Beverley said. “That boy puts the ball in the hole.”And then, in an instant, he was on the move again.Second among active players with 8,579 career points off the bench, Williams figures to step into the role vacated by the guy who ranks No. 1 on that list: Jamal Crawford, the Sixth Man of the Year in 2014 and ’16 with the Clippers who now plays for Minnesota.“Jamal and I are two different players,” Williams said. “He’s had success under Doc. I would love to have the same success.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error After Williams spent the first seven years of his career in Philadelphia, where he began as a teenaged protégé to Allen Iverson, the Clippers will be his fifth team in six seasons. And with a team-friendly one year and $7 million remaining on his contract, he may be an attractive trade chip for the Clippers before February’s deadline.“Teams know what I bring to the table,” Williams said. “It’s no surprise that I got traded, no surprise that I was in trade rumors. It’s part of the business. All these teams are trying to get better, everybody’s trying to level up with the competition. I don’t take it personally.”And yet, he labels his departure from the Rockets a “bad breakup.”On the day of the Paul trade, Williams tweeted, “Thanx houston for the love. But let’s pretend like those 3 months didn’t happen.”It was a far cry from the syrupy farewells most players share when they leave a team. PLAYA VISTA >> Lou Williams was out of L.A. for barely four months, enough time to move out of a Marina Del Rey apartment, move all of his possessions to Houston and get bounced in the second round of the playoffs.In recent weeks, he signed a lease to return to the same neighborhood he vacated when Magic Johnson, in his first act as the Lakers’ president on Feb. 21, traded Williams to Houston.“I shouldn’t have moved,” said Williams, who was acquired by the Clippers last month as part of the hefty return for Chris Paul. “I should have kept my place a couple months longer and stayed patient but I got out of there.”Williams was one of six players introduced by the Clippers on Monday, including the four players acquired in the Paul deal and two rookies. All may be new to the revamped Clippers, but none has experienced a recent odyssey quite like Williams.