Even before the days of destination events and transformational festivals, The String Cheese Incident were always looking for ways to give their fans unique concert experiences. One such opportunity came in 1998, when the band traveled South to the Akumal Performing Arts Center in Akumal, Mexico.Cheese rose to the occasion of the run, playing their hearts out under the tropical skies for the multi-night run. In addition to a great setlist on the first night, the band also had some special guests in the form of Vince Welnick (of the Grateful Dead) and Keller Williams.Fortunately, video captured from this Akumal opening night is in circulation, capturing the band’s first set with the Vince Welnick collaboration. Welnick joins Cheese for a rollicking cover of “That’s What Love Will Make You Do,” a Jerry Garcia Band classic, and the band keeps the fans entertained with great jams on songs like “Lester Had A Coconut,” “Round The Wheel” and so many more.Watch the video below, courtesy of mojowrkn on YouTube.The second set is also chock full of highlights, including a jam with Keller Williams on “All Blues” and lengthy renditions of “Impressions”, “Galactic,” “Shine” and more. Check out full audio of the night below, taped by Rob Phillips and transferred by Steve Tighe.
Wisconsin’s women’s hockey team was one of the most dominant teams not only on campus, but in the nation, this year. The powerhouse Badgers won their fourth national championship in six years.[/media-credit]Four national titles in six years.While Wisconsin upended No. 1 Ohio State on the football field and the basketball court, its very own No. 1 team brought home yet another national title.Football brought Badger nation back to Pasadena, but unable to bring home a victory its bid for team of the year ultimately fell one game short.In a 41-game season, the women’s hockey team lost only two games and tied two, which were both shootout wins. For the season, the Badgers outscored their opponents 212-70 and attracted more than a total of 52,500 fans to their home games.Without a doubt, the national champions are the team of the year.Led by 2011 Patty Kazmaier award winner (given to the top player in women’s hockey) senior Meghan Duggan, the Badgers quickly became an intimidating force.Beginning the season with an eight-game homestand, UW went 8-0. After losses to conference rivals Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth each one time in the first half of the season, Wisconsin didn’t lose another game and ended the season on a 27-game unbeaten streak.Before the Badgers even made it into the national championship, they played one of women’s hockey’s most unforgettable games. Drawing a crowd of 10,668 fans to the Kohl Center, Wisconsin faced Minnesota and didn’t disappoint, winning 3-1.The players themselves felt the electricity and knew they had witnessed something special. But that game was only the beginning of their ride to another national title.Facing Minnesota once again in the WCHA tournament title game, the Badgers found themselves down 4-1. The game seemed over before the third period even started. Then, something happened that didn’t stop until the final second ticked away in the national championship game. UW came back and pushed the game into overtime, where senior Kelly Nash notched the winning goal. It was one of the few times this season the Badgers had to fight from behind for a victory.Nash’s game-winning goal is one of the main reasons Wisconsin won another national title and is the team of the year. With names like Duggan, Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker, Wisconsin was already full of talented goal-scorers.It wasn’t these front three who made the Badgers so intimidating – it was a team effort.At the end of the season, 15 Badgers, five of whom were defensemen, had at least two goals apiece.Wisconsin didn’t just bring home its fourth national championship – it dominated the ice as a team every game.