but seeing String Cheese in Broomfield last night, I was blown away by their production values and attempt to engage the fans. Granted, it was a special weekend, being the first Winter Carnival in years, but... Holographic tickets for each night, free posters for each night, plus Conscious Alliance posters available, three for 25 cans or $30, a costume contest with themes for each night, stilt walkers greeting us upon entry, the most AMAZING light show I have ever seen, plus an opener...and last night was the most mellow of all three nights. The SCI crew really works to engage the fans and make it a true majestic incident, and for the same price as a Furthur ticket ($55 before service fees).
Seems like just NYE is special now, and while, yes, NYE with Furthur is great.. it pales in comparison to SCI's stuff. Couldn't Furthur incorporate any similar things, to make the shows truly special beyond the great music? After all, I imagine SCI / Peak Experience / Madison House's primary inspiration dates to the days of the good ol' Grateful Dead. At least bring back nice mail order tickets and opening bands.. (what happened to Little Feat, Sting, the San Fran Chinese Orchestra, Los Lobos, Indigo Girls, Neville Brothers -- any high quality openers to make the night a little longer)