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String Cheese Incident

The bluegrass-based jam band the String Cheese Incident comprised mandolinist/violinist Michael Kang, guitarist Bill Nershi, bassist Keith Moseley, pianist Kyle Hollingsworth and percussionist Michael Travis. Formed in Boulder, Colorado in 1993, the group's self-described "sacreligious 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. Initially gigging simply in exchange for free lift tickets at ski resorts throughout the western U.S., as the String Cheese Incident's popularity grew they began taking their music more and more seriously, soon averaging upwards of 170 live dates each year and eventually setting up their own record label, Sci Fidelity; their debut LP Born on the Wrong Planet appeared in 1997, followed later that year by A String Cheese Incident Live. The group resurfaced in 1998 with 'Round the Wheel, followed by the live Carnival 1999. Jason Ankeny

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