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The String Cheese Incident

The bluegrass-based jam band The String Cheese Incident is comprised of mandolinist/violinist Michael Kang, guitarist Bill Nershi, bassist Keith Moseley, pianist Kyle Hollingsworth, drummer/percussionist Michael Travis, and percussionist Jason Hann. Formed in Boulder, CO, in 1993, the group’s self-described “sacrilegious mix of bluegrass, calypso, salsa, Afro-pop, funk, rock, and jazz” quickly built up a following on the local club circuit, and within six months of their formation they earned an invitation to open the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival They initially gigged simply in exchange for free lift tickets at ski resorts throughout the western U.S., but as the String Cheese Incident’s popularity grew they began taking their music more seriously, soon averaging upwards of 170 live dates each year and eventually setting up their own record label, Sci Fidelity. In March of 2002, the first ever Conscious Alliance food drive was held at the Fillmore Auditorium in conjunction with the String Cheese Incident. Since then, the two names have become almost synonymous executing hundreds of food drives, raising several hundred thousand pounds of food, and creating national network of dedicated youthful volunteers. It is hard to say where Conscious Alliance would be without the support of this all-star band.

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