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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.

STS9 Announces Red Rocks and Western Dates

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9), who will be on tour this summer is support of their soon-to-be released studio album peaceblaster, announces the last leg of their travels which includes stops in Berkeley, CA,  Portland, OR and Seattle, WA.  The summer will culminate with two huge headlining shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.  Their western itinerary also offers two intimate, always popular "Fan Club" shows in San Francisco, CA and Boulder, CO.

A complete list of STS9's Western U.S. appearances is as follows:

August 15 The Independent San Francisco, CA (fan club show)
August 16 The Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA with two special guests TBA
August 22 McMenamin's Edgefield Portland, OR with special guests Blackalicious
August 23 Marymoor Amphitheatre Seattle, WA with special guests Blackalicious
September 04 Boulder Theatre Boulder, CO (fan club show)
September 05 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO with special guests Talib Kweli and others TBA
September 06 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO with special guests Ghostland Observatory and Bassnectar

Tickets for Fan Club shows are only available as a two/three day pass with purchase of the Greek/Red Rocks shows and are only available through STS9 ticketing.  Please visit www.sts9.com for more information.

All shows on-sale now at www.sts9.com and on-sale locally through TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com beginning May 3rd, 2008.

For the month of July, touring heavyweights STS9 and Umphrey's McGee team up for what promises to be one of the hardest-hitting tours of the summer. This co-bill will feature extended sets by both bands, and will stop in Midwest and east coast cities throughout the month of July.  Look, also, for very special late night sets by each band in select markets, including Philadelphia, Raleigh, Madison, Chicago, and NYC.

Sound Tribe Sector 9 and Umphrey's McGee tour stops in the following cities:

July 10 Willow Island Centre Madison WI
July 10 Barrymore Theatre  Madison, WI (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 11 Live on the Levee St. Louis MO  FREE SHOW!
July 12 Westfair Amphitheatre Omaha NE
July 15 Moonlite Gardens Cincinnati OH
July 16 Innsbrook Pavilion Glen Allen VA
July 17 Promowest Pavilion Columbus OH
July 18 White River Lawn Indianapolis IN
July 19 Charter One Pavilion Chicago IL
July 19 House of Blues Chicago IL (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 23 Higher Ground  Burlington VT (STS9 Only)
July 24 Roseland Ballroom New York NY
July 24 Blender at Gramercy New York NY (STS9 AFTER PARTY)
July 25 Festival Pier at Penn's Landing Philadelphia PA
July 25 Fillmore at TLA Philadelphia PA (UMPHREY'S AFTER PARTY)
July 26 Bank of America Pavilion Boston MA
July 27 Pier 6 Concert Pavilion Baltimore MD
July 30 House of Blues Myrtle Beach SC
July 31 Koka Booth Amphitheatre Cary NC
July 31 Lincoln Square Theatre  Raleigh NC (UMPHREY'S AFTER PARTY)
August 01-August 02 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta GA

Dubbed "...one of the country's most intriguing, innovative outfits around" by XLR8R Magazine, STS9 steps out this summer armed with their brand-new, highly anticipated studio album, peaceblaster. To be released in summer 2008 on their own label 1320 Records, the new album will feature never-before heard tracks that artfully mirror the intensity of STS9's live shows, while preserving the musical intricacies of past studio albums that critics and fans have touted.   peaceblaster comes nearly three years after their acclaimed 2005 releases , Artifact & Artifact: Perspectives , both of which were named in iTunes list of top albums of the year.

After a flurry of industry attention, STS9 retreated from the limelight to do what they love most:  play music. On the touring front, STS9 reached number 29 on Pollstar Magazine's "PULSE Charts" of the country's top touring artists. The band has shared the stage with a diverse range of acts including Jurassic 5, Tortoise, Digable Planets, RJD2, De La Soul, The Brazilian Girls, Prefuse 73, John Butler Trio, Blackalicious, G. Love & Special Sauce, Saul Williams, Soulive, Cut Chemist, Xavier Rudd and many others, and has played such festivals as Austin City Limits Festival, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Winter Music Conference, and Vegoose Festival.  Recently, the band sold out a 4 night headlining run at Atlanta's Tabernacle, and a 2 night run at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium.

Leftover Salmon & moe. Team Up at Red Rocks

Last weekend Colorado's own Red Rocks Amphitheater hosted the dynamic duo of jamgrass pioneers Leftover Salmon and New York rockers moe.  What was supposed to be a night of ugly weather turned out to be clear and pleasant, back dropped by a magnificent full moon.

Ratdog & Keller Williams on the Rocks

Keller & Bobby at Red Rocks- for the Grateful Web

Ratdog and Keller Williams played Red Rocks this past Tuesday night. Here are some photos from that night. More photos will be added over the weekend.

I: Jam > Shakedown Street > Minglewood Blues > She Belongs to Me > Money for Gasoline > Loser* > Brown-Eyed Women* > Weather Report Suite Prelude/Part 1 > Let It Grow

II: Me and My Uncle@4, Victim or the Crime@, The Weight@, Mississippi Half-Step > The Other One > Stuff > Standing on the Moon > Sugar Magnolia

E: At a Siding > Terrapin Flyer

Show with Steve Kimock (Guitar); *-with Keller Williams (Guitar/Vocals); Mark was absent; Bob sat in with Keller on "Dark Star"(Keller Williams opened)

setlist from: www.ratdog.org

Upcoming Ratdog gigs:

7/27/07 San Diego, CA  Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay 

7/28/07 Los Angeles, CA  Greek Theater

8/11/07 Bridgeport, CT  Gathering of the Vibes 

8/12/07 Lowell, MA Boarding House Park  

MID-AUGUST TOUR WITH THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND!

8/14/07 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge

8/15/07 Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion

8/17/07 Camden, NJ (and Keller Williams) Tweeter Center @ The Waterfront 

8/18/07 Bushkill, PA Mountain Laurel Center

8/19/07 Darien Center, NY  Darien LakePerforming Arts Center 

8/21/07 Wantagh, NY  Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach 

8/22/07 Holmdel, NJ  PNC Bank Arts Center 

tickets are available through GDTS TOO

SCI to Perform Four Nights at Red Rocks

- for the Grateful Web

The String Cheese Incident's 2007 Summer Tour stops in towns that hold plenty of SCI history, and features some of the band's favorite kinds of shows - namely weekend camping events with plenty of musical friends in tow.

Incidents begin on July 11 with a four night run at the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York City. The band then 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 and The Disco Biscuits on Saturday and Railroad Earth and Hot Buttered Rum on Sunday. The weekend of July 27-29 will include three nights at Horning's Hideout.  Horning's Hideout is always one of SCI's most anticipated and memorable Incidents. This year's festival will feature three nights of music by SCI (Fri, Sat, Sun) plus special musical guests Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, ALO, and many others to be announced . 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 artists include The Roots, Los Lobos, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Greyboy Allstars, The Wailers, Infected Mushroom, Del McCoury Band, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Vusi Mahlasela, Bassnectar, David Lindley, Drew Emmitt Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Chris Berry & Panjea, EOTO, Jonah Smith, The Schwag, Old School Freight Train and others to be announced. The tour will end back home in Colorado at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The complete String Cheese Incident Summer Tour is as follows:
June 15 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
July 11 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
July 12 Beacon Theatre New York, NY SOLD OUT
July 13 Beacon Theatre New York, NY SOLD OUT
July 14 Beacon Theatre New York, NY SOLD OUT
July 20 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes, MN
July 21 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA w/ STS9 and The Disco Biscuits
July 22 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA w/ Railroad Earth & Hot Buttered Rum
July 27 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with Femi Kuti & the Positive Force and others TBA SOLD OUT
July 28 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with special guests TBA
July 29 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with ALO and others TBA
August 3 Camp Zoe Salem, MO Big Summer Classic
August 4 Camp Zoe Salem, MO Big Summer Classic
August 5 Camp Zoe Salem, MO Big Summer Classic
August 9 Red Rocks Morrison, CO
August 10 Red Rocks Morrison, CO SOLD OUT
August 11 Red Rocks Morrison, CO SOLD OUT
August 12 Red Rocks Morrison, CO SOLD OUT

As always, not-for-profit Conscious Alliance will be at every show to host food drives. Attendees are encouraged to bring 10 non-perishable food items to each show redeemable for an exclusive event poster.

Over the past decade, The String Cheese Incident has emerged as one of America'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, 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, when the internet was just beginning to take hold and the major-label business model was failing, the band decided to make music on their own terms.

Since then, The String Cheese Incident has gone on to carve out a completely different approach to the business of music; they are truly pioneers of a new way of "making a band."  With the World Wide Web as their tool, SCI was among the first artists to disseminate information via the internet, 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 put their music and their fans first, opening companies of their own, including a ticketing company, a merchandise company and a fan travel agency, to best serve their community. The band's record label, SCI Fidelity Records, has always operated under the same ideals. Even early on, SCI Fidelity embraced downloadable music and file sharing, delivering SCI's "On the Road" series, where every show the band plays is 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 building a band.

The String Cheese Incident's commitment goes well beyond their immediate community, and even beyond the music community as a whole. Early on, the band took a serious interest in giving back to the communities that they visited, and they were among the first performers to encourage "Green" shows and tours.  SCI's support has 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 has 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, have helped redefine the concert experience and has garnered the band a reputation as live music vibe innovators.

Cheese-Dog @ Red Rocks

Kang @ Red Rocks - for the Grateful Web

Grateful Web will have a review up shortly of Ratdog & String Cheese Incident's Saturday night Red Rocks show.  In the mean time, here's a few photos from the show.

Widespead Panic Rocks Vegas

Widespread- for the Grateful Web

Halfway through the Jack Johnson set, on the soccer field, in the dark, it suddenly seems like Altamont. The ground is covered with plastic water bottles and beer cups, making it hard to walk properly as we make our way toward the stadium to catch the Widespread Panic gig.  Some people are actually sitting beneath the crazed throng, on their blankets, only to be trampled over and then barraged with heartfelt apologies.

I arrive at Panic not knowing what to expect.  I have never seen them, much less heard them.  I know they are huge.  I know their following is intense. Truthfully, I have absolutely no interest in this band, but their reputation is such that I feel compelled to check them out.

I arrive with my friend, we'll call him "R," and manage to stake out two very nice seats, about halfway up the stage right riser at the fifteen yard line. These same seats were in the VIP section whenever the Dead played at this place, so you know they're good seats.

The band comes out and jumps into this country rocker, hard-edged like the Outlaws but with a Marshall Tucker kind of flavor.  In fact, it seems like Marshall Tucker on crystal meth.  It is so horrible I have this sudden flash that ten million years ago someone stepped on a moth and Jerry was never even born and this was the band that rocked a generation and started a whole new culture, but a culture rooted more in Dale Earnhardt than Kerouac or Cassady.

But then something happened.  It all started to make sense.  Suddenly I realized just how hard these fuckers were rocking, and how good they were at it. Suddenly I tasted something I hadn't tasted since I saw Hot Tuna at the old Academy of Music...  

This was some hard rockin' shit.  The bass player, Dave Schools, was dropping bombs left and right, driving the music to insane depths and heights. I could not believe how tight these guys were.  And how hard they rocked. I say this in all honesty: this was the hardest I have ever seen a band rock.  Ever.  And this was one of the best live concert experiences I ever had, hands down, slam dunk.

What fascinated me was that the harder those fuckers rocked, the more relaxed the crowd got, like they had to sit down just to process exactly how hard, and articulately, these motherfuckers were rocking.  It was insane.  It was so brazenly physical, yet also so mental.  I turned to this girl next to me and told  her, "This is some rockin' shit." She just looked at me and nodded emphatically...

The next thing I know, Trey hits the stage and they dip into "Slipping Into Darkness," which was astounding, and then two more numbers, with Trey and Schools and all of them in each others' faces just tearing it up. And the longer they play, the more I'm worried that I need to get out of there and make it over to the Hard Rock where Phil will be performing his midnight show at The Joint...

But I can't leave.  And why should I?  I'm seeing one of the greatest acts I've ever witnessed and I'm supposed to leave?

Two friends of mine spot me and tell me it's time to go.

"Why?" I wonder.
"Because we're gonna miss Phil.  It's gonna be a fuckin' madhouse over there."
"But this band is great!"
"I know, I know.  They are.  But we need to go."
"But there's no way Phil is gonna be better than this.  Seriously.  It's impossible.  There's no way."

"Look.  They're doing a drum solo now.  They'll probably do two more songs and then an encore.  You heard it already.  They're great.  You saw it.  Now let's get the hell out of here while we can."

He was right, of course, so we left...

Mark Knopfler | Red Rocks | 7.19.05

Over the years I have always thought of Mark Knopfler as one of my favorite guitar players and I always regretted missing him play live. Last night I figured out why. He was awesome. I was not quite sure what to expect – which was kind of nice for a change. Too many times I know what I am in for and I get just that. But, I have never seen MK and this was going to be a first time for me.

Phil @ Red Rocks | July - 2005

Thanks to The Grateful Web for providing my ticket in exchange for this review. The first order of business was to sell some Make Love Not War tshirts that are also available on this site. With a few beers and some other remedies of a less toxic nature we hit the parking lot. I did not actually do anything other than walk around with Mike drinking while he hustled the shirts with surprisingly effortless success.