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The String Cheese Incident: Hi Def from Red Rocks This Week

photo by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Wednesday, May 14th @ 8:00pm (Doors @ 7:30pm)
Venue 515
515 Manitou Avenue, Manitou
Tickets $10.00 adv $12.00 dos / Ages 21+ Welcome
For more information please contact 719-685-1861 x10

Thursday, May 15th @ 8:00pm (Doors @ 7:00pm)
Bluebird Theater
3317 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
Tickets $10.00 adv $12.00 dos / Ages 16+ Welcome
For more information please contact 303-377-1666

Friday, May 16th @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:30pm)
Fox Theatre
1135 13th Street, Boulder
Tickets $10.00 adv $12.00 dos / All Ages Welcome
For more information please contact 303-443-3399

Saturday, May 17th @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:00pm)
Aggie Theatre
204 South College Avenue, Fort Collins
Tickets $10.00 / All Ages Welcome
For more information please contact 970-482-8300

Sunday, May 18th @ 8:00pm (Doors @ 7:00pm)
Belly Up
450 South Galena Street, Aspen
Tickets $10.00 / Under 16 needs parent
For more information please contact 970-544-9800

Shot in high definition, Virtual Venues Network presents a life size and on-stage premiere screening of The String Cheese Incident's final two performances at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 11th & 12th, 2007. On a "virtual tour" to theatres and colleges all summer long, The String Cheese Incident - Hi-Def from Red Rocks brings SCI fans together to celebrate the energy and magic of The String Cheese Incident in hometown venues everywhere.  With more than 3 hours of live footage, this virtual concert experience is sure to thrill live music lovers everywhere, and give people a feel for what it was like to be at one of the world's premiere outdoor venues for these very special SCI shows.

Steve Kimock & Friends Plan String of Bay Area Dates

photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Legendary guitarist Steve Kimock returns to his northern California roots for a run of mid-March dates with a line-up featuring several longtime friends and as well as a few fresh faces. Boasting an All-Star cast, with Melvin Seals (JGB) on the B-3 and keyboards, Steve's prodigal son John Morgan Kimock on drums, veteran bassist Hutch Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt), and Billy Goodman (Goodman Brothers) handling vocal duties, the latest incarnation of SK&F marks a first of firsts. Not only will this be the first time Hutchinson has participated in SK&F, but this is also the first time a Goodman has joined Kimock onstage under SK&F moniker.

It was 1974 when The Goodman Brothers plucked Steve Kimock out of his native Pennsylvania to handle axe-work for their folk rock outfit. Impressed by his uncanny guitar prowess, Frank and Billy tabbed Kimock to round out their Goodman sound and headed to California. Kimock enjoyed stints in the salsa band the Underdogs as well as the Heart of Gold Band, before forming the psychedelic rock ensemble, Zero, in 1984, and was later touted as Jerry Garcia's "favorite unknown guitar player," Now, Billy Goodman and Steve Kimock's journey comes full circle as the two are united onstage once again in this ever-evolving project.

With over three decades of touring under his belt, Steve Kimock amassed a strong national audience through his blistering guitar runs and inspired lyrical improvisations. Following five focused years of composing, recording and touring with the Steve Kimock Band, Kimock spent the last two years working on new projects. Collaborating with such artists such as Mickey Hart and Bill Kreuztmann of the Grateful Dead (for the Rhythm Devils) and Keller Williams for his recent title Dream, Kimock has remained a rather busy musician. After a successful reformation of the band Zero which included Melvin Seals, Kimock toured with Bob Weir's Ratdog through 2007 and also had the chance to join the Allman Brothers on stage for a few memorable performances during their summer tour.

In 2002, Steve Kimock returned to his home state of Pennsylvania with his family, where he is now preparing new songs and arrangements with this year's incarnation of SK&F. With Spring rapidly approaching, fans old and new can anticipate the group dusting off traditional Kimock standards and covers, as well as a full recipe of brand new collaborations and arrangements.

Mar 11- Red Fox Tavern: Eureka, CA
Mar 13- Great American Music Hall: San Francisco, CA
Mar 14- Great American Music Hall: San Francisco, CA
Mar 15- Forestville Club: Forestville, CA
Mar 16- Forestville Club: Forestville, CA

The String Cheese Incident Bows Out in Fine Form

photo(s) by Tim Hurley - GratefulWeb.net- for the Grateful Web

As the saying goes, breaking up is hard to do.  However the end of the first chapter of the String Cheese Incident might have been the most amicable amongst any artists in recent musical history.  The members of the band have decided to part ways indefinitely in order to pursue other artistic interests and frankly back away from the machine for awhile.  The boys had embarked on a successful final summer tour and aptly chose to close it out in their backyard:  Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. Rather than a tearful goodbye, the finals shows were a complete celebration of the band as well as its fans.

The first three shows of this concluding run gave fans the best in sight and sound.  Masterful jams were accompanied by fire hula-hoopers, trapeze artists, laser light shows, and digitally projected art.  It was truly an exceptional experience for anyone who has followed the progress of the String Cheese Incident throughout the years.

As euphoric as these performances were, they were merely a prelude to what was to be the final incident (at least for a long while).  The Sunday night show was the finest culmination of art and music, and the group definitely saved the best for last.

The first of three sets began with the group all up front together, performing what Michael Kang called "some old songs from back in the beginning".  Kang, Billy Nershi, and Keith Moseley were on their respective instruments while Kyle Hollingsworth brought out his accordion.  Percussionists Michael Travis and Jason Haan sported a variety of simple hand drums that anchored the raw, acoustic, and grassy renditions of "Lester had a Coconut", "Long Journey Home", "Panama Red", "Panama Red", and "Hobo Song" that underscored this fun opening set.

Adding to the already carnival-like atmosphere of the weekend, colorful dancers on stilts and a giant octopus moved and grooved through the crowd during this kickoff set.

Shortly after this night's warm introductory set, the band returned to the stage to begin two full on sets of music.  The sure-fire opening of "One Step Closer" was back dropped by a projected slide show containing pictures of the band and fans throughout the years.  The group continued jamming, and couldn't help but turn and watch the reminiscent presentation themselves.

The jam eventually lent way to the old favorite "Rhum 'n' Zouc", then right into an exhilarating "Sirens" which had bassist Keith Moseley properly proclaiming his affection, "I just want to say I love you....and make sure you feel it every day."

At this point in the evening the ominous looking clouds above Morrison began to dissipate and reveal a breathtaking sky full of stars; perhaps Mother Nature's way of sharing this historic night with the rest of the galaxy.

A lengthy jam from "Sirens" segued into a monster rendition of "Come As You Are", complete with SCI's signature spacey improvisations.  This was a particularly funky version of this concert staple, as Moseley was pretty slap-happy throughout its entirety.

An energized "Best Feeling" highlighted this second set, not only because of its perfection and rhythm but because it introduced a hula-hooping Keller Williams to the stage.  The departure of Cheese would not have been complete without the appearance of the band's "seventh member" and longtime collaborator.

The crowd at Red Rocks went completely wild as Keller stayed on through the funk-rock original "Fuel for the Road".  Following his exit the band finished off the second act of the night with a rousing and befitting delivery of "Way Back Home".

With the third and final set looming, fans were still beaming with energy and were generally enthusiastic.  So far, this celebration had been everything any fan could have asked for.  They seemed to be relishing the moment, rather than focusing on the end.

The band returned to the stage and played through what might have been one of their best performed sets in their entire fourteen year history.  "Restless Wind" kicked off things in its typical jamgrass style, complete with a healthy fiddle jam served by Kang.

The subsequent Hollingsworth original "Piece of Mind" was not only high-powered but also provocative, as images of our eroding planet and corrupt politicians splashed the video screens behind the group.

The marvelously cosmic combination of "Looking Glass" into "Drifting" was accentuated by a breathtaking laser show.  Brilliant beams of green, expanding lights shot over the crowd and explored images of animated figures dancing on the amphitheater's famous boulders.

The fluid transition into the ensuing "Rain" was outstanding, all in part to Hollingsworth's astonishing keyboard work.  The rest of the band was also in full momentum, weaving each intricate jam seamlessly into the other.  At this point the laser show was getting even more intense.  Plumes of fog rolled over the crowd and danced through the laser shoots.

The pinnacle of the set came next in the SCI standard, "Rhythm of the Road".  The final offering of the song that has pretty much defined the band since the beginning was just absolutely phenomenal. From Neshi's introductory notes to the climactic apex near the end, it was the crowing point of the entire weekend.

However it did not end there, as the band continued right into an upbeat and foot-stomping throw down of "Bumpin' Reel".  The evening's parade concluded with another long-time favorite "Shine", which featured an amazing opening drum solo by Travis.

This stellar performance led to a thunderous ovation that gave way to not one, but two encore performances.  The first began with a cover of Pink Floyd's "Fearless" which showcased Travis on vocals.  It was followed by the old-time bluegrass tune "Whiskey Before Breakfast", before concluding with the most appropriate Moseley original "Good Times Around the Bend".  The fitting chorus of "Sometimes it seems like such a hard life, but there's good times around the bend...  The rollercoaster's got to roll to the bottom if you want to climb to the top again" was a fine show ender indeed and at this point had many loyal Cheeseheads (as well as some band members) in tears.

Though the curfew at Red Rocks was already long broken, the powers that be let the band return one more time to perform probably the most popular of all their concert songs, "Texas".  The song is possibly the finest exemplification of the band's catalog and was the likely favorite to complete the first period in String Cheese history.  The boys did not disappoint as they peppered this version with as much Latin and rock flavor as could be handled.  An extensive jam full of spectacular tension-and-release peaks and bold interludes underlined what might go down as SCI's swan song.

The String Cheese Incident's Fillmore Farewell

photo(s) by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

It has been five months now since the announcement was made that founding member Bill Nershi would be leaving the String Cheese Incident.  Since then, fans have been running to see any show they can to catch these touring monsters one more time, knowing full well that the remaining members of the band have no plans to tour beyond Nershi's departure.  Only a handful of show dates remain, and they promise to be quite a goodbye to the fans.

 

This is not a band that has been declining in artistic relevance or popularity, but rather might be in the pinnacle of their career.  Some may argue this is the best time for all involved to just walk away, and they are probably right.  They have been heavily touring the country for over fourteen years now, and have left an indelible stamp in the music industry today.  Yet as the saying goes, all things must pass.

Last month, fans flocked to Colorado to witness what was to be the final Winter Carnival celebration.  These three shows were the hottest tickets in town as this was likely the last time the members of SCI would ever grace the stage of Denver's Fillmore Auditorium together (barring any future reunion).  And those who were lucky enough to get in were treated to no less than what they would expect on any given show night:  pure joy.

You could really feel the energy in the auditorium air prior to the Thursday night performance.  Many knew this might be the last time they would ever see their favorite band play.  But it was not sad, rather celebratory.  It was exciting.

A short and bizarre set from The Polyphonic Spree opened the evening.  It is not exactly what many fans would have wanted to hear; nonetheless they threw a little extra "weird" into the air.  Then a quick transition gave the stage to the members of String Cheese, all of whom seemed fired up and ready to play.

The first set was full of old classics, with the jamgrass favorite "Johnny Cash" kicking things off.   It was a great to song to get Billy going, and right away you had the feeling that this weekend was going to be all about him.   Following were excellent performances of "Round the Wheel", "Black and White", and "Mouna Bowa".  The first half of the evening ended with one of keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth's staples, "Close Your Eyes".

Set two immediately grabbed the attention of the crowd, as the band were joined by members of the Polyphonic Spree and covered the old Blues Image hit, "Ride Captain Ride".  It was fun and playful, and many fans were not shy in singing along.  It was followed by a jam-heavy version of "Best Feeling" and continued right into "Can't Stop Now".

The evening closed with the long-time favorites "Joyful Sound" and "Way Back Home".  Though they were electrifying, they did not eclipse what was a spectacular encore of "Outside Inside" into the Allman Brothers' classic "Jessica".

Night two continued the energy exuberated the previous night by starting off with a rousing "Search".  With Billy jumping around and the rest of the band smiling, it was evident another night of great music was in-store.  Other highlights from the first set included the bluegrass-rooted originals "Up the Canyon" and "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms".

The remainder of the set turned from bluegrass to the trance rock SCI has heavily incorporated into their jamming the last few years.  With the rest of the band in full force, and Billy now on electric guitar, an amazing jam ensued between "Shine" and "Big Shoes".  Driving rhythms and churning electric riffs all built to a climactic ending.  This flowed seamlessly into the set ending rendition of "Rain"; a perfect first half wrap-up for an already impressive evening.  There was a not a still body in the house.  However, it would prove to be no match for the remainder of the show.

The second set began with "Bumpin' Reel" and a cover of "The Way You Do the Things You Do".  They were both well-performed, and provided the groundwork for what was easily the best stretch of music String Cheese had played all weekend.  The adventure that was "Desert Dawn>Black Clouds>Drums>Desert Dawn" was absolutely phenomenal and reminded everyone in attendance why they had started listening to this band in the first place.

The evening then went back to their bluegrass and Latin roots with "High On a Mountain Top" and "Little Hands", before bursting into the inevitable show closing "Miss Brown's Teahouse".  This String Cheese signature funk tune was the best choice with which to end the show.

At the time the band came back out for an encore, the Fillmore Auditorium was still at capacity.  Those who were exhausted did not give up and head home yet, and they were treated to perfect versions of "This Must Be the Place" and "Dudley's Kitchen".  It was another great production of music, and one more night was looming.

The third and final Fillmore show was rumored to be the "bluegrass lover's show".  The rumors proved to be true.  A band that started primarily as a bluegrass band would close out the run in the same style.  They had help as the audience was treated to a down-home warm up session by Chris Thile (Nickel Creek) and his group How To Grow A Band.  Those who heard mandolin prodigy Thile play had a feeling he and his band might show up to lend Cheese a hand later in the evening.

The show began with the excellent trio "Restless Wind", "Cedar Laurels", and "Rhum 'n' Zouc".  Michael Kang showed off his always amazing fiddle playing on these songs, and once again a jovial Bill Nershi was jumping around the stage.

The set continued with the traditional bluegrass tune "Midnight Moonlight", which segued into the Hollingsworth original "Eye Know Why".  At this point Kang pulled the fiddle back out and the band ripped into a long and very spacey "Valley of the Jig".  The concert favorite "Smile" closed the set.

As many had hoped, the second set began with Chris Thile and his group joining SCI for a bluegrass extravaganza.  "Doin' My Time" and "Wheel Hoss" were played with vigor and grittiness.  These nine musicians were meshing well, and the mandolin interplay between Kang and Thile was fantastic to witness.

Always willing to do something a little out of the ordinary, the group surprised the audience by performing a very humorous cover of Devo's "Whip It"; complete with the distinctive red disc hats too.  An "Orange Blossom Special" was sandwiched between this unique impersonation, and was highlighted by Noam Pilkeny's fantastic banjo work.

At this point SCI said goodbye to their new friends and finished the evening in old school fashion.  The long time popular concert staple "It Is What It Is" began a long stretch to the finish line that also included spirited representations of "Galactic" and "Shine".

As if the evening (and the previous two nights for that matter) did have enough gems, the band returned to the stage of the Fillmore one more time and completed their legacy with "Piece of Mine", "I Know You Rider", and the final closer of "Texas".

For a band seemingly ready to branch out in artistically different directions, they played like it was the beginning and not the end.  The 2007 Winter Carnival at the Fillmore Auditorium was indeed a grand celebration of a band that helped build this venue.  It was also a great thank you to all the hometown fans that have supported the group over the years.

The remaining dates on the summer tour are sure to be just as grand, all leading back to where it all began: Colorado. The final three shows the String Cheese Incident will be performing are slated for August 10-12 th at historic Red Rocks Amphitheater.  It is going to be the last hurrah, and if the band plays anywhere near as good as they did at the Fillmore, then the ending of it all will have been well worth the journey.

THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT ANNOUNCES 2007 SUMMER TOUR

Billy Nershi @ 10KLF- for the Grateful Web

Today, independent music pioneers The String Cheese Incident announce their 2007 Summer Tour – which also marks the beginning of an end for the band and their community.  In the fall of 2006, The String Cheese Incident announced it would make no plans beyond summer 2007, as SCI guitarist Billy Nershi would be leaving the group to explore a different musical path.

Since the band's inception, The String Cheese Incident has emerged as one of today's most significant independent bands. Born in 1993 in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, SCI has since released 6 albums, 3 DVDs and countless live recordings from their relentless tour schedule. Their 14 year history is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. They have been recognized for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, for their community spirit and philanthropic endeavors, and for their innovative approach to the business of music.

When The String Cheese Incident's growth first started gaining momentum over a decade ago, the landscape of the music industry was like the wild west from where the band came.  With the major-label business model failing and the age of the internet just dawning, The String Cheese Incident began to rethink the traditional rock-n-roll dream. Once the band decided to go for it and make music completely on their own terms, they never looked back.

The String Cheese Incident went on to carve out a completely different approach to the business of music; truly pioneers of a new way of "making a band."  With the World Wide Web as their tool, SCI was able to easily disseminate information such as tour dates, release information, and other news to their growing fan base.  Rather than doing business on such terms as "the bottom line," The String Cheese Incident opened companies, such as a ticketing and a gear company and a fan travel agency to truly cater to the audience and their needs.  Their record label, SCI Fidelity Records, operated on the same ideals; they embraced tape trading and downloadable music, eventually offering the SCI's "On the Road" series, where every show the band played was made available for download on the internet.  Whether they realized it at the time or not, The String Cheese Incident was inventing grassroots band development.  Today, literally hundreds of bands are using some version of this same approach to growing a band. 

The String Cheese Incident's commitment went well beyond their immediate community and even beyond the music community in general. Early on, the band took a serious interest in giving back to the communities that they visited, and they where among the first performers to encourage "Green" shows and tours.  SCI's support helped give rise to such not-for-profit organizations as Conscious Alliance, Rock the Earth, and Head Count. In 2002, when the band's right to sell tickets to their own shows became threatened by ticketing giant Ticketmaster, the band stood strong for the independent music community and filed a lawsuit against the company.  All the while, The String Cheese Incident stayed committed to music as a creative endeavor, not just in their recordings but also in their live performances.  The list of SCI's special guests and collaborators is long and diverse. Their annual events such as Horning's Hideout and holiday shows such as New Year's and Halloween helped redefine the concert experience and garnered the band a reputation as live music vibe innovators.

Now, on the heels of five sold-out, home-state shows for their annual "Winter Carnival," the band announces their 2007 Summer Tour, which stops in markets that hold plenty of SCI history (such as the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, and Colorado) and features some of the band's favorite kinds of shows - namely weekend camping events with plenty of musical friends in tow (a long weekend in Oregon and the "Big Summer Classic" festival at Camp Zoe).

Dates begin on July 12 with a three night run at the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York City. Then the band skips to the west coast for two nights in the Bay Area at Berkeley's Greek Theatre on July 21 & 22, with special guests Sound Tribe Sector 9 on Saturday and Railroad Earth on Sunday. The weekend of July 27-29 will include three nights in Oregon, at a venue still to be determined (visit the band's website for more information and details as they become available). Then, the "Big Summer Classic" will return in the form of a three-day camping festival on the weekend of August 3-5.  In the tradition of the inaugural BSC tour in summer of 2005, the weekend festival will feature a slew of SCI's musical friends.  Confirmed so far are Los Lobos, Yonder Mountain String Band, JJ Grey & MOFRO, The Wailers, EOTO and many others to be announced. The tour will end at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, where it all began. 

The String Cheese Incident Summer Tour list of dates is as follows:
June 15 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
July 12 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
July 13 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
July 14 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
July 21 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA with Sound Tribe Sector 9
July 22 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA with Railroad Earth
July 27 Venue TBA Oregon
July 28 Venue TBA Oregon
July 29 Venue TBA Oregon
August 3 Big Summer Classic Camp Zoe Salem, MO
August 4 Big Summer Classic Camp Zoe Salem, MO
August 5 Big Summer Classic Camp Zoe Salem, MO
Produced with Peak Experience. Special guests include Los Lobos, The Wailers, Yonder Mountain String Band, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Greyboy Allstars, EOTO and many others TBA
August 10 Red Rocks Morrison, CO
August 11 Red Rocks Morrison, CO
August 12 Red Rocks Morrison, CO

Tickets on sale Tuesday, May 8 at 10 am MST at www.stringcheeseincident.com