String Cheese Incident

Photos from the Drew Emmitt & Billy Nershi Halloween Show

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon) & Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident) teamed up last night to play a show at the Boulder Theater.  Grateful Web was on-hand to snap some photos.  There will be some changes to the pictures, as unfortunately I uploaded them last night without changing all vertical pictures to be right side up, so my apologies... But there are some great band photos as well as fun pictures of folks in their Halloween costumes.

 

Emmitt/Nershi photos

 

Thanks,

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A Look Back at the 2007 10,000 Lakes Festival

Hey kids! Sorry this review is so late, but life always gets in the way once you return from a fest huh? Anyway, I moved to another state so that was a bit disruptive, then I got almost entirely finished with this little piece here, and the house got struck by lightning! And wouldn't it just figure that the two things that got smoked were some files I had open on another computer (including this review) and my beloved stereo! Heartbreak all around. I digress. Hope everyone had a great summer and are finding some cool musical events for the upcoming lovely fall weather.

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.

SCI to Perform Four Nights at Red Rocks

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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.

Kyle Hollingsworth Shows His "Soulside”

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

With the end of the String Cheese Incident looming, keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth debuted yet another side project aptly called soulside.  Of all his collaborations, this one might seem like the most odd of pairings:  Kyle, DJ Logic, and Speech of Arrested Development.  Flanked by Ryan Jalbert on guitar, Garrett Sayers on bass, and Damien Hines on drums, this new artist collective road tested their project last month in Colorado to much praise.

A solid two hundred fans shuffled into Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver and seemed very responsive to what they heard.  The band combined elements of jazz, funk, and hip-hop to comprise their sound, which was fresh and enthusiastic.

The evening was highlighted by Hollingsworth originals such as "Bam!", "Boo-Boo's Pikanic", and other tracks taken from his release Never Odd or Even.  With DJ Logic's accompanying turntables, these songs were played with less pop and more funk.

Not to be overshadowed by his counterparts, Speech brought along some of his catalog from Arrested Development.  The band breezed through soulful renditions of "Give a Man a Fish", "Mr. Wendel", and the Sly and the Family Stone inspired "People Everyday".

The group also paid homage to some of their musical favorites by covering a variety of artists, such as The Meters, Beck, and of course more Sly Stone.  The remaining portions of the performance were filled with silky improvisations, complete with freestyle poetry and trance rhythms.

It is not known whether or not soulside will continue beyond their short Colorado stint, however, Kyle hinted in a recent interview with Jambands.com that he would like to possibly get the group recorded:  "My record producer, Kevin Morris—the Director of Music at SCI Fidelity Records—is very interested in getting us into the studio and I'm really excited to do that, actually."

A handful of String Cheese dates remain before their final farewell at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado this August.  Consequently, each band member has been rallying their side projects together proving that you cannot keep a good musician down.  Billy continues to win over old-time bluegrass fans with Honkytonk Homeslice, Michael Travis and Jason Haan recently formed the experimental outfit EOTO, while Mike Kang and Keith Moseley work on their respective endeavors.

Yet with all of these post-Cheese enterprises in development, Kyle's work remains the most entertaining of the bunch.  He continues to piece together exceptional local and national musicians to perform high energy, improvisational rock backed by intelligent and earnest lyrics. It will certainly be interesting to see where Kyle takes his boundless body of work from here.

10KLF Adds The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Cancels

The 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) announces the addition of The String Cheese Incident to the lineup, confirming a Minnesota performance on their summer tour. The Colorado-based group has spent more than a decade making innovative, genre-defying music and will perform two sets at the 10,000 Lakes Festival Friday, July 20 on the Main Stage.

"The String Cheese Incident is thrilled to be returning to 10KLF for the third time and are looking forward to performing in the North Woods once again," says SCI manager Mike Luba.

SCI announces additional dates along their Summer Tour

photo by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

SCI has confirmed two new "Incidents" along their sold out New York City and Colorado runs; Wednesday, July 11 th at the Beacon Theatre and Thursday, August 9 th at Red Rocks have been added to their Summer Tour schedule. Tickets for these two shows go on sale on Thursday, May 31 st at 10:00 am Mountain Time at www.stringcheeseincident.com.

The band is also confirmed to headline Minnesota's 10,000 Lakes Festival on Friday, July 20 th on the Main Stage.  Tickets are available now at www.10klf.com.

The list of String Cheese Incident summer tour dates is as follows:
June 15 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
July 11 Beacon Theatre New York, NY / JUST ADDED Tickets on sale May 31 at 10 am MDT
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 / Tickets on sale now at www.10klf.com 
July 21 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA with Sound Tribe Sector 9 and The Disco Biscuits
July 22 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA with Railroad Earth and 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 / SOLD OUT
July 29 Horning's Hideout North Plains, Oregon with ALO and others TBA / SOLD OUT
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 
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 TBA. www.bigsummerclassic.com
August 9 Red Rocks Morrison, CO / JUST ADDED Tickets on sale May 31 at 10 am MDT
August 10 Red Rocks Morrison, CO / SOLD OUT
August 11 Red Rocks Morrison, CO / SOLD OUT
August 12 Red Rocks Morrison, CO / SOLD OUT

For tickets and additional information visit www.stringcheeseincident.com

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. www.consciousalliance.org

There are currently no plans for The String Cheese Incident beyond summer of 2007.

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.

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.

Kyle Hollingsworth Debuts soleside

photo C. Taylor Crothers 2001- for the Grateful Web

Kyle Hollingsworth  (The String Cheese Incident) steps out with his latest collaboration – soleside – which features Kyle, Speech (of Arrested Development) and DJ Logic. Backed by a full band, these three creative souls, seemingly worlds apart, will smash jazz/funk, hiphop and turntables into an explosive new music that defies categorization. Don't miss soleside's debut in Colorado this May.

Show details are as follows:

Thursday, May 17th @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:00pm)
Aggie Theatre
204 South College Avenue, Fort Collins
Tickets $15.00 adv $17.00 dos / All Ages Welcome
For more information please contact 970.482.8300

Friday, May 18 th @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:00pm)
Cervante's Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton Street, Denver
Tickets $15.00 adv $17.00 dos / Ages 18+ Welcome
For more information please contact 303.297.1772

Saturday, May 19 th @ 9:00pm (Doors @ 8:30pm)
Fox Theatre
1135 13th Street, Boulder
Tickets $13.00 adv $15.00 dos / Ages 21+ Welcome
For more information please contact 303.443.3399

Kyle Hollingsworth is best known as keyboardist/singer/songwriter for independent music pioneers The String Cheese Incident – who after 14 years together, have recently announced that summer 2007 would be the group's last tour, at least for the foreseeable future.  Hollingsworth, a prolific musician who is well versed in many genres of music, is seizing the opportunity to explore news boundaries in music; and with a degree in jazz piano performance from Baltimore's Towson State University, a long history making music with rock/bluegrass band The String Cheese Incident, and a solo release that delves seamlessly into funk and acid jazz (Never Odd Or Even, 2004), Hollingsworth is already well on his way.

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