There is Going to be an Incident at Gathering of the Vibes
The Twentieth Year Celebration of the Gathering of the Vibes arrives later this summer hand-in-hand with an overwhelming nostalgia for all the incredible acts that have participated through the decades. It feels like just yesterday we were gathered on Kesey’s Further bus discussing brand new and exciting bands like Dark Star Orchestra, Rat Dog, Primus and Deep Banana Blackout. But we are not here to revel in past glories of Vibes. What makes the Gathering so diverse is its ability to stay current while staying true to the Dead mentality – to draw in and keep new and old bands alike. Vibes 2015 will bring some super talented and incredibly loved newcomers to Seaside Park – The StringCheese Incident.
The String Cheese Incident, or SCI for short, is a 15-year-old, Colorado-based, yet broadly-reaching bluegrass band. Although the mountain boys are defined as bluegrass, their music includes twangs of rock, electronica, calypso, funk, reggae, jazz and so much more. The group got their unusual, trippy name from Michael Kang breaking a mandolin string on stage and a chunk of sweaty, cheesy gunk from the mandolin strings (which they called amusingly call “String Cheese”) hitting him in the eye, causing him to play all the wrong notes – thus, the String Cheese Incident.
The Incident has lured fans from coast to coast since 1993, remaining true and original all these years, and really gaining momentum in the current festival and jam scene in recent years. From opening for Rat Dog in two sold out shows at Red Rocks to now playing three-night runs on the Rocks annually, to headlining lineups like Bonnaroo, Rothbury/Electric Forest, and hosting their own weekend-long festival at Horning’s Hideout every summer, the String Cheese Incident has become one of the most solidly touring and playing band of our generation since the glory days of the Grateful Dead.
The band is composed of Michael Kang (acoustic/electric mandolin, electric guitar, and violin), Michael Travis (drums and percussion), Bill Nershi (acoustic guitar, lap steel guitar, and electric slide guitar), Kyle Hollingsworth (piano, organ, Rhodes, and accordion), and Keith Moseley (bass guitar), and, in 2006, Jason Hann (auxiliary percussion). In my opinion, any band with lap steel and an organ is worth seeing on those facts alone.
Come see The String Cheese Incident for the very first time at Gathering of the Vibes. The festival is held in Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT from July 30th to August 2nd this summer. Families and children welcome along with fans of all ages. There are many attractions for everyone, including an enormous ferris wheel, workshops, crafts, vendors and some of the best festival food you’ll ever have (Words from the veterans: You have to try a Jerry Roll!) More information is available on the Gathering of the Vibes website. Tickets are going fast, but can still be purchased at the Gathering of the Vibes ticketing site. There are VIP, Family Camping, RV passes and weekend tickets available. Catch the Vibe! Join the Tribe!
by Brendan Crofts and Teresa Taylor