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The String Cheese Incident: Tour Diary
As the String Cheese Incident kicks into its summer tour, we present this back at the group’s Roots Run Deep Tour from last fall.
Taking a “less is more” approach to touring, The String Cheese Incident is all about strategic strikes these days. This past winter, the group played 14 shows in 16 days as their itinerary included stops in Asheville, N.C. Georgia (Atlanta, Athens), Nashville, Tenn. (The Ryman), the Northeast (including two nights at the United Palace Theatre in New York) and a three-night stand at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom.
Word on the street (and from the band’s entourage of friends, family and staff) was that these were some of the best shows in recent memory. We asked keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth and bassist Keith Moseley to pull back the curtain and give us a peek behind the scenes of what life on the road is like with this sextet of musical misfits.
Working out songs backstage
We’re in an elevator—it must be New York City.
Sunday gigs are a bitch—before soundcheck in Boston on Dec. 4.
Keith: “Before the show in St Louis, I led a music therapy session at the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments. SCI often supports this center via our in-kind donations to Mimi Fishman Foundation auctions. It was incredible to see in person how the funds raised by MFF really impact these children’s lives.”
Best place on tour to poop
Day off: Jellyfish at a visit to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago
The Great Setlist Debate—this one from night two in Chicago
Late-night hanging on the bus
Kyle: “At my Hop On Tour event in New York, we were tasting some beers backstage. I randomly picked up a beer by Magic Hat. Each has a saying inside the bottle cap. This is what my bottle cap said—for real!”