String Cheese Incident throws mid-winter bash at the Fillmore |

String Cheese Incident throws mid-winter bash at the Fillmore

Andrew Harley
Special to the Daily Clockwise from left: Keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth, string-specialist Michael Kang, flat-picker Billy Nershi, bassist Keith Moseley and percussionist Michael Travis are the core of The String Cheese Incident's parade through Denver next weekend.

The String Cheese Incident has spoiled mountain towns in years past with constant tours. The band’s staple tour through Colorado has traditionally been their annual Mid-Winter Carnival. However, 2004’s Carnival turned into a three-day festival at the Fillmore. So, disappointed as many native Coloradans may be, Denver is the spot to be from March 11-13.

SCI kicks off the Mid-Winter Music Festival on Thursday with the marsh-land, funk-jams of Mofro. David Lindley and Wally Ingram bring an unparalleled showing of global string-and-percussion eclecticism as they open for SCI on Friday. On Saturday, March 13, SCI plays three sets; the first set will be acoustic and features the father of the jazz fiddle Vassar Clements – Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, Old and In The Way.

SCI’s most-recent album, “Untying the Not,” was released globally in February and is up for the fourth annual Jammy Awards Studio Album of the Year. SCI and Gov’t Mule share the lead for Jammy Awards nominations – scheduled for Tuesday, March 16, in New York City – at four apiece. SCI also earned nominations for DVD of the Year (“Live at the Fillmore Auditorium”), Album Cover of the Year (“Untying the Not”) and Live Performance of the Year (August 2, 2003, at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Ore.).

“I think the band’s been working on some new songs. In spring and summer, fans can look forward to listening to them work those songs out live,” said The String Cheese Incident’s publicist at Madison House Publicity Carrie Lombardi.

The Conscious Alliance will be running food drives at the three shows – redeem 10 nonperishable food items for one panel of a three-panel poster series by artist Roman Villagrana. And, SCI is working with to encourage Colorado residents to register to vote at the voter registration booth – inside the venue each night – for the 2004 presidential election.

“Outside music and skiing, what’s on tap for The String Cheese Incident in Denver is the food drive – 10 cans of food gets you one limited edition poster. Also, the voter registration is one of the ‘Gouda Causes,'” said Lombardi. “I think the band’s trying to get more voters in the 18-30 age bracket, which, traditionally, draws a low voter turnout.”

After the Mid-Winter Music Festival, SCI heads to Interlaken, Switzerland, to sample the Swiss Alps. The band will tour through Europe, then Japan, Australia, back to Japan and will end up at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn., in June.

Andrew Harley can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext.610, or at

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