String Cheese is playing at Red Rocks!
We see The String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks Amphitheater every year and always stay at Arrowhead B&B! Always a night to remember and the bed and breakfast is awesome! The String Cheese Incident is a band from Crested Butte and Telluride, Colorado formed in 1993. The band is composed of Michael Kang, Michael Travis, Bill Nershi, Kyle Hollingsworth, and Keith Moseley, and, in 2006, Jason Hann. Their music has elements of bluegrass sounds, as well as rock, electronica, calypso, country, funk, jazz, Latin,progressive rock, reggae, and occasional psychedelia. All members write original compositions and sing. Nershi has written the bulk of the group’s original songs. As the band’s popularity grew, so did the stage show and spectacle elements of many of their live shows. An organization called Peak Experience Productions was hired to add various eye and mind psychedelia, and audience participatory activities, to larger “Incidents” such as New Year’s Eve and Halloween (dubbed “Hulaween” due to the band’s early connection to the modern hooping movement). Themed events such as “Full Moon Dream Dance, Evolution”, “Dancing Around the Wheel of Time”, a “Subway Ride Through New York City”, and a “Time Traveler’s Ball” are some examples. During the 2000s the band also established an annual summer event at Horning’s Hideout in Oregon, bringing Peak Experience out into the woods to add to the circular energy and rapport between the band and its audience. At the same time, as the band’s popularity grew, so did the sizes of the crowds coming to see them; SCI headlined festivals such as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival, and began playing in some larger venues to accommodate their growing fanbase. SCI released live three-CD sets of all 19 shows that they played in April 2002 on their spring tour. In this regard, they are believed to have taken a cue from Phish‘s Live Phish series and stepped up the formula a notch by releasing every show instead of just select concerts. Not stopping with the spring tour, SCI has released nearly every song from every concert from every tour through the present, barring those where technical difficulties or contractual guest artist complications are involved. Christening the series On the Road, the shows are released on the SCI Fidelity label for fans who do not have the time or means to engage in active tape trading. Michael Travis founded the acoustic trio, Zuvuya, with Jamie Janover and Xander Greene in 2001 and started the trance music band Zilla during 2003. Bill Nershi and his wife Jillian started a bluegrass/acoustic band called Honkytonk Homeslice, which has toured across the US, especially in the West, and is scheduled to tour with Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon, Billed as The Emmitt-Nershi Band. Bill Nershi also fronts a Side project called Billy nershi’s Plue Planet. Kyle Hollingsworth plays with various side projects around Colorado including his own band, Kyle Hollingsworth, that plays SCI songs Kyle has written over the years as well as some of his other original pieces. His band features members of the Boulder-based group, The Motet. Michael Kang plays occasionally with Pangaea (African rooted band), and spends much of his off time travelling the world. Jason Hann and Michael Travis recently started a live looping project called EOTO. One time throughout their 2008 tour they were joined by Kyle Hollingsworth and Michael Kang making it everyone from SCI except Bill Nershi and Keith Moseley. These four played together on August 6, 2011 at Yarmony Grass Music Festival 2011 in Rancho del Rio, CO under the moniker “The Trancident.” The group went on tour in 2012 with a psychedelic “Lotus Flower” stage designed by Zebbler. Keith Moseley is currently touring with Keller Williams in Keller’s newly formed band: Keller Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe (formerly the WMDs). He also performed with Keller as part of Grateful Grass, a project performing bluegrass covers of songs by The Grateful Dead and releasing a live album in support of the Rex Foundation. The band provided a scenario to the origin of the name on October 6, 1996, at the Mishawaka Amphitheater in Bellvue, Colorado, citing an incident during which Michael broke a mandolin string. After a few years of playing local ski resorts and private functions, the band formed the independent record label SCI Fidelity, on which they released their first album, Born on the Wrong Planet, an album split between originals and covers. The album featured melody-driven music with room for improvisation. Instrumentals and covers constituted half of the album. Many songs from the first album are still frequently played by the band, including “Black Clouds,” “Land’s End,” “Texas,” and “Jellyfish.” Less than a year later, SCI released a compilation of ten songs, including “Land’s End,” on their self-titled live album A String Cheese Incident, which chronicles a single concert from the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado and adds pianist Hollingsworth to the ensemble (he was not in the band during the recording of Born on the Wrong Planet). Despite spanning only one disc and containing only ten tracks, the album clocks in at 72 minutes even and is widely considered the best CD for new converts to listen to in order to become acquainted to the band’s live sound. ‘Round the Wheel, released in 1998, refined the band’s sound and displayed a marked increase in both musical and lyrical maturity, and added Paul McCandless as a guest player on soprano and tenor saxophone and Tony Furtado on Banjo, but did not earn them quite the level of notoriety that they would achieve in the next millennium. From 1998 through 2001 SCI toured the country extensively and steadily, playing over 500 “Incidents” in hundreds of cities, including an appearance at Woodstock ’99. In 2001, with the help of guest producer and Los Lobos member Steve Berlin, they released their third studio effort, Outside Inside. This album marked a shift from the band’s traditional bluegrass leanings to a more standard rock sound, thus making it the most accessible album to a mainstream audience to that point. The band did not completely abandon its bluegrass roots, however, sneaking in the short three-minute track “Up the Canyon” at the end of the disc, which has become one of many live favorites along with “Rollover,” “Close Your Eyes,” and others. This is a show you don’t want to miss while in Colorado at Red Rocks! Check out the Arrowhead Manor inn for accommodations. You will love it!