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String Cheese Incident releases Winter Carnival 2011

The String Cheese Incident announces the digital release of Winter Carnival 2011, a live, 21-track compilation of songs culled from the band’s recent Winter Carnival run at Colorado’s brand new 1STBANK Center. Available exclusively at iTunes beginning May 24, 2011, Winter Carnival 2011 catches all of the energy and excitement from this epic run of hometown shows.

Four years had gone by since the last "Winter Carnival", The String Cheese Incident's annual celebration of ski slopes, music, Mardi Gras, and the Winter/Spring Solstice. From humble beginnings in Boulder in 1999, through seven years at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium, the band's annual Winter Carnival run always offered up a chance to welcome SCI’s musical heroes, as well as a few emerging favorites, to share the stage. Guest highlights over the years are numerous, including Little Feat, Bruce Hornsby, Del McCoury Band, Warren Haynes, Los Lobos, The Funky Meters, Olatunji, Dr. John, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe - and the list goes on and on.

Picking back up the tradition, for Winter Carnival 2011 the band welcomed OTT, JD Crowe and the New South, and Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk to join them on stage at the celebration’s new home, the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. A brand new venue just outside of the band's hometown of Boulder, The String Cheese Incident had played there only once before – hosting the now-legendary “Fourmile Canyon Revival” benefit concert. Now, it was time for SCI to lay down roots at this venue that would run deep. And indeed the 1STBANK Center proved to be a natural fit for this epic run of "Incidents."

Check out Grateful Web's review of the Fourmile Canyon Revival.

The String Cheese Incident’s Winter Carnival 2011 Track List is as follows:

DISC 1
1. Betray The Dark
2. Cottonmouth
3. Pygmy Pony
4. Rosie
5. Will It Go 'Round In Circles
6. Rocky Road Blues
7. Let's Go Outside
8. Sand Dollar
9. Colorado Bluebird Sky

DISC 2
1. Rivertrance
2. Give Me The Love
3. Blue Bossa
4. Sweet Melinda
5. Big Shoes
6. Ramble On

DISC 3
1. Rhythm Of The Road
2. Dirk
3. Way Back Home
4. Black Clouds
5. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'6. Black Clouds (Reprise)

Kyle Hollingsworth Hosts Meet & Greet and Taps New Brew

Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of The String Cheese Incident, is excited to announce a special "sneak preview" tapping of his first officially mass-produced beer, Hoopla - Festival Pale Ale. Hoopla is a collaboration between Boulder Beer and Kyle and will be available nationally in 22-ounce bomber bottles and on draft beginning in May 2011. To celebrate, Kyle will host a meet & greet and “sneak preview” tapping at 1STBANK Center at 6:30pm on Thursday, March 10, opening night of The String Cheese Incident’s three-night Winter Carnival run. The meet & greet and extremely limited tapping will take place directly inside the North Entrance of 1STBANK Center just off to the right hand side. For exclusive updates all week and to stay tuned for more information on Hoopla this Spring, follow Kyle on Twitter at @KyleOnKeys.

Following The String Cheese Incident’s Winter Carnival shows, Kyle travels to the Northwest for three shows with Kyle Hollingsworth Band in April. KHB will be joined by Acorn Project in Bellingham and Portland, and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad will join in Seattle.

Tickets for all shows are currently on sale at www.kylehollingsworth.com and all venue outlets.

Kyle Hollingsworth Band

April 7 Wild Buffalo Bellingham, WA –with Acorn Project
April 8 Nectar Lounge Seattle, WA –with Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad
April 9 Bossanova Ballroom Portland, OR –with Acorn Project and Jesta

In anticipation of The String Cheese Incident’s Winter Carnival, Kyle provides a look into his day with the band in the following video:

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

30 years ago, Kyle Hollingsworth set out on a career in music. Since then, with a wealth of desire and incredible ability, Hollingsworth has established himself as a formidable and versatile music talent. Today, as a member of acclaimed jam masters The String Cheese Incident, Hollingsworth is revered by both peers and fans for his ability to write and perform in a mosaic of styles, from rock to classical, ragtime to bebop. Playing in SCI has allowed him unrestricted access to the world of music, and has bestowed on him the kind of fearlessness a composer needs to flirt with such disparate genres. Those who’ve seen SCI know the band can move from funk to bluegrass on a chord change. “In the jam world, where there are no set ways of doing things, we’re not afraid to move in and out of genres,” he says, “and because of that I’ve learned to be creative, not only on stage but in the studio. I can get on board with something pretty quickly. You have to.”

Hollingsworth’s 2009 release, titled Then There’s Now, finds the musician coming in to his own. With solid song material and a slamming new band, Kyle is making his mark in the new, always-evolving music scene. Then There’s Now delivers a blend of vocal and instrumental tunes and seamlessly displays his growth as a musician and as a songwriter.

Brand New Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction (Phish, SCI)

The Mimi Fishman Foundation just launched a new charity auction.

The on-line auction is currently live with the bidding coming to close on Sunday, February 27.

The auction features posters from the 2010 Phish Fall tour as well as their New Years run. All the posters are numbered and have been signed by all members of Phish. In addition the auction features two String Cheese Incident 2011 Winter Carnival packages which include tickets to all three SCI March 2011 shows as well as a signed poster from the band.

To view and/or bid on the auction, as well as read about the charities the auction supports, please visit the Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Page.

SCI Brings Back Winter Carnival

The String Cheese Incident announces today that in 2011 they will be bringing back the always highly anticipated Winter Carnival. Set for Thursday, March 10, Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12 at the amazing 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO, the three-night run continues the long standing tradition of bringing SCI fans and diverse musical guests to Colorado for a snowy celebration. Joining SCI at Winter Carnival 2011 is British producer/electro-artist Ott, influential bluegrass legends J.D. Crowe & The New South and New Orleans’ premier new-school funk band, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk.

Tickets to Winter Carnival: Pre-sale begins Wednesday, January 12 at 10am MST at www.stringcheeseincident.com, with public on-sale on beginning Saturday, January 15 at 10 am MST at www.tickethorse.com. As a special thank you to the fans, each ticket purchased will include a free MP3 download of that evening’s show from livecheese.com.



The String Cheese Incident community has come to expect a Conscious Alliance Food Drive at SCI events. For Winter Carnival, a 3‐panel event poster will be designed (one panel for each night). As always, the limited edition posters will be made available to concertgoers who contribute 10 non-perishable food items per panel, or 25 items for the complete set. Food collected at Winter Carnival 2011 will benefit the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Visit www.consciousallaince.org for more information.

2010 was a remarkable year for The String Cheese Incident, with more than 15 years of touring under their belt the band entered a new phase where select events and special destinations took the place of long stretches on the road. This new touring model was highlighted by sold out stops at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Horning’s Hideout, and monstrous “Hulaween” Incidents at Hampton Coliseum. 2010 also found SCI launching the acclaimed classic archival series Rhythm of the Road, which kicked-off with the legendary Vol 1: Incident in Atlanta - 11.17.00 show from Atlanta, GA.

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Winter Carnival 2011 Show Details:

Thursday, March 10 @ 7:00pm
with very special guest Ott

Friday, March 11 @ 7:00pm
with very special guest J.D. Crowe & The New South

Saturday, March 12 @ 7:00pm
with very special guest Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk

1STBANK Center
11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, CO
Doors at 6:00pm

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Tickets are $55.00 each. SCI Ticketing pre-sale begins Wednesday, January 12 at 10 am MST at www.stringcheeseincident.com. Public on-sale begins Saturday, January 15 at 10 am MST at www.tickethorse.com.

Each ticket purchased will include a free MP3 download of that evening’s show, redeemable at livecheese.com.

“Enhanced Incident” ticket and travel packages are available beginning January 12 at www.stringcheeseincident.com.

Check out Grateful Web interviews with String Cheese Incident's Jason Hann and Michael Travis.

Hot Hot Heat Announce Brooklyn Residency in May

Hot Hot Heat’s highly anticipated new album, Future Breeds (Dangerbird Records), hits stores on June 8th but fans in New York can get an early taste when the band begins its May residency at Brooklyn’s Public Assembly.  The band opted to do the shows at the venue because of its intimate setting and its close ties to Brooklyn’s thriving indie music scene – a connection that the band feels to be particularly relevant with their forthcoming album.

Future Breeds is filled with the addictive, candy-coated melodies that Hot Hot Heat are famous for, but it also includes some of the band’s most experimental moments yet.  Charged with sonic detail, the collection of songs is packed with unconventional rhythms and quirky arrangements.  From the dark, carnival-esque feel of “Times a Thousand” to the frenzy of “What is Rational,” Future Breeds balances danceable, pop melodies with an unfettered and musically adventurous spirit.

Hot Hot Heat Residency Dates:

05/05:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

05/12:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

05/19:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

05/26:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

135,000 Attend Electric Daisy Carnival

Never underestimate the power and popularity of electronic dance music in America, or the reputation of a successful annual event. This past weekend (Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Exposition Park, ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL (EDC), Southern California’s leading electronic music festival, returned for its 13th year with a truly phenomenal turnout.  In its first year as a two-day event, EDC drew over 135,000 attendees: 45,000 on Friday and a whopping 90,000 on Saturday. The latter figure ranks ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL as one of the largest single day attended music festivals in the U.S.

paulvandykOn Saturday, such world-renowned artists as Paul van Dyk, David Guetta, Benny Benassi, Groove Armada, Kaskade and James Zabiela performed to the largest audiences they ever had in America.  A combination of stellar musical sets from these talents along with other top-tier electronic musicians from around the globe, spectacular art installments by Gerard Minakawa, Dan Das Mann, Patrick Shearn and Jason Krugman (all of whose works have also shown at Coachella and/or Burning Man) and an intensely surreal assortment of performers created a carnival for the eyes and ears unparalleled by any other music festival.    The complete talent line up can be found at http://www.electricdaisycarnival.com/la/lineup.html.

The event was marked by spectacular staging and production, with massive lighting displays throughout the Coliseum and beyond, plus non-stop firework displays each night and not to mention free carnival rides on the field in the stadium itself as well as throughout Exposition Park.  The Olympic Cauldron was also ignited several times throughout the festival, an honor reserved only during USC football games and other special occasions (i.e., when the Olympics are being held in another city).

Founded by Pasquale Rotella of Insomniac Events in 1996, ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL has become a staple of West Coast electronic music culture.  For the last 12 years, many major icons of the genre have performed at the event including Moby, Above & Beyond, Deep Dish, Hernan Cattaneo, Pendulum, Ferry Corsten, Junkie XL, Sandra Collins, Jurassic 5, Ozomatli, VHS or BETA, Armand Van Helden, Z-Trip, Rabbit In The Moon, BT and many more.  Over the years, there have been many unique venues in Southern California that have played host to EDC including the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, Lake Dolores Waterpark in Barstow and Hansen Dam in Los Angeles. Insomniac Events have also brought the festival to other states including Colorado and Texas.  On Friday, August 14 the festival will travel to Puerto Rico.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL EXPANDS TO TWO DAYS

Southern California’s premier electronic music experience for over a decade, ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL (EDC) has announced it will expand to two days for the first time ever, following last year’s sold-out event with 65,000 attendees.  With over 100,000 people expected, North America’s largest electronic music gathering will return for its second run at the LA Memorial Coliseum & Exposition Park in downtown Los Angeles Friday, June 26 with Paul Oakenfold, ATB,  Eddie Halliwell and Boyz Noise and Saturday, June 27 with Fatboy Slim, Paul van Dyk, David Guetta, Benny Benassi and Roger Sanchez.

EDC will feature two full days and nights of beats, freaks, fun and festivities as Insomniac Events transforms the LA Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park into a carnival for the eyes and ears. Join in as the world's leading names in dance music descend upon Los Angeles for an entire weekend enhanced by extraordinary light and sound production.

EDC has hundreds of additional artists still to announce that will be placed throughout five stages, along with a mind-blowing array of attractions, more full-size carnival rides than ever before and an intensely surreal assortment of art installations and performers. With six themed areas of music, art and festivities, this will be a truly special ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 21 and will be available online via www.insomniac.com and www.electricdaisycarnival.com as well as at select independent retail outlets. Two-day packages as well as individual tickets for each day will be available.  Sell-out crowds are anticipated so early purchase is suggested.  VIP packages will be announced at a later date.

Founded by Pasquale Rotella of Insomniac Events in 1996, ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL has become a staple of West Coast electronic music culture.  For the last 12 years, many major staples of the genre have performed at the event including Moby, Above & Beyond, Infected Mushroom (live), John 00 Flemming, Deep Dish, Hernan Cattaneo, Cedric Gervais, Deslyn Masyello, Mark Farina, Stanton Warriors, Krafty Kutz, Pendulum, Ferry Corsten, Junkie XL, Sandra Collins, Jurassic 5, Ozomatli, VHS or BETA, Uberzone, Christopher Lawrence, Adam Freeland, Sander Kleinenberg, Rennie Pilgrim, Bassnectar, Armand Van Helden, Z-Trip, Rabbit In The Moon, BT, The Freestylers, Todd Terry, Harry Choo Choo Romero and Joey Beltram.

Over the years, there have been many unique venues in Southern California that have played host to EDC including the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, Lake Dolores Waterpark in Barstow, Hansen Dam in Los Angeles and Tulare. Insomniac Events have also brought the festival to other states including Colorado and Texas.  On June 13, EDC will return for its second annual turn in Denver.

Last year’s ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL was tapped “Coachella in the city” by the Los Angeles Times Soundboard blog (Charlie Amter, June 30, 2008).  The news outlet noted, “…Italy's Benny Benassi…stole the show. The ‘Satisfaction’ purveyor wowed the masses with a varied electro-house set touching on his own offerings such as his Grammy-winning take on Public Enemy's ‘Bring the Noise’ as well as fresh looks at 1990s dance floor classics like Basement Jaxx's ‘Where's Your Head At’ and current favorite Busy P's ‘Rainbow Man.’ On the Circuit Grounds stage, SoCal's Donald Glaude and DJ Dan owned the old-school crowd, with the pumped-up believers unable to resist the duo's hyperactive set, which featured Justice vs. Simian Mobile Disco's ‘We Are Your Friends’ and older classics like Green Velvet's ‘Flash.’  But Dan and Glaude's tag-team style of playing sound effects over tracks live is what make their gigs so vibrant. Sped-up dancehall breaks and even Robert Plant's opening wail from Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ turned up throughout their set, as did more traditional DJ rig sound effects over house tracks.”

In addition to ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL, Insomniac Events also produce such electronic music festivals as Together As One, Nocturnal Wonderland, How Sweet It Is and Audiotistic, as well as Tiësto In Concert which sold out the LA Sports Arena with a 15,000 capacity.

SCI Welcomes Special Guests for their Annual Winter Carnival

Michael Kang holds up a Gweb sticker- for the Grateful Web

Here in Colorado, the snow has been falling, falling… and falling.  To celebrate the winter white, The String Cheese Incident announces their annual Winter Carnival run of shows, this year confirmed for March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium, and March 26th and 27th at Dobson Ice Arena in Vail. In the tradition of Winter Carnival, SCI has announced very special guests to perform each night, including choral symphonic rockers The Polyphonic Spree, 12 piece African drumming group Toumani Diabete's Symmetric Orchestra, renowned mandolin player and founding member of the progressive bluegrass trio, Nickel Creek, Chris Thile & The How To Grow A Band featuring Bryan Sutton, San Francisco gypsy rockers Tea Leaf Green and underground cult heavyweight Bassnectar.  All five Winter Carnival shows are sold out.

As always, SCI is pleased to partner with Conscious Alliance to hold food drives at each show on this run.  There will be two unique series of limited-edition posters, a 3-Panel set for the Fillmore and a 2-Panel set for Vail free to every patron who donates 10 non-perishable food items per panel.  Artists for these limited edition posters are Robert Venosa, Martina Hoffman and Robert Marx.  All food collected will benefit Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Confirmed show details are as follows:

Thursday, March 22 @ 7:00pm (Doors @ 6:00pm)
Fillmore Auditorium
with very special guest The Polyphonic Spree
1510 Clarkson Street, Denver
SOLD OUT

Friday, March 23 @ 8:00pm (Doors @ 7:00pm)
Fillmore Auditorium
with very special guest Toumani Diabete's Symmetric Orchestra
1510 Clarkson Street, Denver
SOLD OUT

Saturday, March 24 @ 8:00pm (Doors @ 7:00pm)
Fillmore Auditorium
with very special guest Chris Thile & The How To Grow A Band featuring Bryan Sutton
1510 Clarkson Street, Denver
SOLD OUT

Monday, March 26 @ 7:00pm (Doors @ 6:00pm)
Dobson Ice Arena
with very special guest Tea Leaf Green
321 East Lionshead Circle, Vail
SOLD OUT

Tuesday, March 27 @ 7:00pm (Doors @ 6:00pm)
Dobson Ice Arena
with very special guest Bassnectar
321 East Lionshead Circle, Vail
SOLD OUT

SCI Announces Guests For Their Annual Winter Carnival

Nershi- for the Grateful Web

Here in Colorado, the snow has been falling, falling… and falling.  To celebrate the winter white, The String Cheese Incident announces their annual Winter Carnival run of shows, this year confirmed for March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium, and March 26th and 27th at Dobson Ice Arena in Vail. In the tradition of Winter Carnival, SCI has announced very special guests to perform each night, including choral symphonic rockers The Polyphonic Spree, 12 piece African drumming group Toumani Diabete's Symmetric Orchestra, renowned mandolin   player and founding member of the progressive bluegrass trio, Nickel Creek , Chris Thile & The How To Grow A Band featuring Bryan Sutton , San Francisco gypsy rockers Tea Leaf Green and underground cult heavyweight Bassnectar .  All five Winter Carnival shows are sold out.

As always, SCI is pleased to partner with Conscious Alliance to hold food drives at each show on this run.  There will be two unique series of limited-edition posters, a 3-Panel set for the Fillmore and a 2-Panel set for Vail free to every patron who donates 10 non-perishable food items per panel.  Artists for these limited edition posters are Robert Venosa, Martina Hoffman and Robert Marx.  All food collected will benefit Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Confirmed show details are as follows:

Thursday, March 22 @ 7:00pm (Doors @ 6:00pm)
Fillmore Auditorium
with very special guest The Polyphonic Spree
1510 Clarkson Street, Denver
SOLD OUT

Friday, March 23 @ 8:00pm (Doors @ 7:00pm)
Fillmore Auditorium
with very special guest Toumani Diabete's Symmetric Orchestra
1510 Clarkson Street, Denver
SOLD OUT

Saturday, March 24 @ 8:00pm (Doors @ 7:00pm)
Fillmore Auditorium
with very special guest Chris Thile & The How To Grow A Band featuring Bryan Sutton
1510 Clarkson Street, Denver
SOLD OUT

Monday, March 26 @ 7:00pm (Doors @ 6:00pm)
Dobson Ice Arena
with very special guest Tea Leaf Green
321 East Lionshead Circle, Vail
SOLD OUT

Tuesday, March 27 @ 7:00pm (Doors @ 6:00pm)
Dobson Ice Arena
with very special guest Bassnectar
321 East Lionshead Circle, Vail
SOLD OUT