String Cheese Incident
String Cheese Incident

BOULDER, Colo. –

Boulder’s String Cheese Incident — which disbanded in 2007 following a 14-year run — will reunite this summer to play a single concert at the Rothbury festival in Michigan over the Fourth of July weekend.

Yet aside from confirming String Cheese’s participation in the July 2-5 concert northwest of Detroit, the reunited jam band’s representatives were mum Monday.

“Rothbury is the only 2009 show the band is playing,” said publicist Carrie Lombardi, of Boulder’s Madison House Publicity. “We choose to let the statement speak for itself.”

The band’s members, through Lombardi, also declined to discuss the reunion.

News of String Cheese Incident’s reactivation comes a little more than a week after fellow jam band Phish played its first concerts in nearly five years. That band’s members have said they’re back together for good.

But it remains unclear what String Cheese Incident plans for its future, aside from the single 2009 gig.

String Cheese Incident called it quits in August 2007 following a final run of dates at Morrison’s fabled Red Rocks Amphitheatre. At the time, the band announced guitarist Billy Nershi was leaving the group to pursue other musical projects, and, “There are no plans for the String Cheese Incident beyond summer of 2007.”

Monday, Lombardi said the “original band” would perform at Rothbury, but declined to specify whether that means Nershi is rejoining his bandmates.

In addition to Nershi, the band included mandolin player Michael Kang, drummer Michael Travis, keyboard player Kyle Hollingsworth and bassist Keith Moseley. A sixth member, percussionist Jason Hann, joined in 2006.

String Cheese Incident appears on the Rothbury bill just below The Dead and Bob Dylan. Other acts performing include Willie Nelson, the Black Crowes, Sound Tribe Sector 9 and Gov’t Mule.

The festival is produced by Boulder’s Madison House Presents — an offshoot of String Cheese’s business operations — and AEG Live.

“We have an amazing lineup at Rothbury,” said Don Strasburg, senior vice president with Denver-based AEG Live Rocky Mountain, who helped book the festival. “We’re also excited that String Cheese is playing its only show of 2009 there.

“String Cheese pays so much attention to detail that we knew they’d be able to pull off over-the-top festival sets. Rothbury is the perfect setting for the band to take its experience to the next level.

“It’s the only place they’re playing for awhile.”

But String Cheese won’t be the only Colorado act on the bill.

Nederland’s Yonder Mountain String Band is performing, as is Fort Collins’ Pretty Lights. And Hollingsworth is playing his own set at the festival.

Ben Baruch, the Fox Theatre’s head talent buyer, also will be there, playing in the Underground Orchestra for the second year at Rothbury.

“My band played Rothbury last year and it was an amazing experience,” Baruch said. “It’s definitely one of the best festivals I’ve been to.”

Tickets for Rothbury go on sale 10 a.m. MDT Friday.


The Dead

Bob Dylan and His Band

The String Cheese Incident

Willie Nelson & Family

The Black Crowes

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas


G. Love & Special Sauce

Gov’t Mule

Broken Social Scene

Yonder Mountain String Band

The Disco Biscuits

Les Claypool

Cold War Kids

John Butler


Ani DiFranco



Girl Talk

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force


Martin Sexton

Flogging Molly

Railroad Earth

The Hold Steady

Toots & The Maytals

Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys

Brett Dennen

Zappa Plays Zappa

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Shpongle DJ Set

Son Volt

Jackie Greene


Man Man

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band w/ Tony Rice


King Sunny Adé & His African Beats


Kid Cudi

STS9 Live PA

The Glitch Mob

Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam

Pretty Lights

Moseley, Law, Sipe & Droll


Quannum All Stars ft. Lyrics Born, The Mighty Underdogs, Gift of Gab & Lifesavas

Toubab Krewe

Sam Roberts Band

Hill Country Revue

Kyle Hollingsworth Band

Lipp Service

2020 Soundsystem

Break Science ft. Adam Deitch

The Hard Lessons

The Low Anthem

Underground Orchestra

Future Rock

The Macpodz

Steppin’ In It

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Chris Pierce

Rachel Goodrich

The Ragbirds

Four Finger Five


Archived comments

I haven’t showered since I heard the news!!


3/16/2009 8:58:42 AM

Just like Phish and Michael Jackson?!?!


3/16/2009 9:10:18 AM

i always thought cheese would be better without billy’s vocals


3/16/2009 10:29:03 AM

They reported Boulder Pirate Radio to the FCC during their “farewell” show at the Fox so…. WHO CARES WHAT THEY DO NOW?

I bet they were sad to see the end of the George Bush and Dick Cheney administration.



3/16/2009 11:05:26 AM



3/16/2009 12:19:42 PM

“Rothbury is the only 2009 show the band is playing,” said publicist Carrie Lombardi, of Boulder’s Madison House Publicity. “We choose to let the statement speak for itself.”

Gee, I take this statement as it’s the only show they were able to book for the year (and they did the booking themselves). Nobody has been upset that they haven’t been playing; in fact the music scene in Boulder is less smelly without them around.


3/17/2009 12:06:58 PM

Just watched the You Tube video above.

I don’t get. These guys are awful!

Like with Phish, yawn, ho hum, whatever.

3/17/2009 4:55:27 PM