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Westword Music Showcase 2004

Fifty bands. Ten stages. Five bucks. Be there.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
This one time, at band camp, Mark dressed up like Paul Stanley and made matzoh balls for everyone.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
This one time, at band camp, Chris stuck a drumstick in Dan's cat's butt. And then, another time, when we toured Australia, Dan ate his weight in prawns from the barbie and then threw up all over Mark, who got all mad and screamed at us like Paul Stanley would if he had thrown up all over him.

Worst gig?
Oh, man, it has to be the night at the Cricket when we used a drum riser Tommy Lee unloaded on us cheap. That thing started to spin like a goddamn bingo wheel with a Shriner calling! Chris was really more bouncing off the drums than he was playing them, but eventually the cage door flew open and Chris landed safely on a pile of B.C. Rich Warlocks that belonged to the headliner.

What do you love about the local scene?
Oh, my gosh! Do you have a few hours??! I mean, everyone here is so supportive and friendly! Tequila shots! Wooooooo!

What bugs you about the local scene?
Oh, my gosh! Do you have a few hours??! I mean, everyone here is so supportive and friendly! Tequila shots! Wooooooo!

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That we play alt-pop/rock with a roots-rock flair. Are you deaf? We play post-alt roots with a Western pop/rock flair. Please.

Any random facts we should know?
Sorry, ladies, Eric is taken! No, please...please don't look that way. Please my darlings, really, it's best this way. Oh, please listen, my sad little flowers, there will come a day when you make someone very happy and you'll have forgotten all of this. Now go, and please don't look back this way. No, please!

Avalanche or Broncos?
Duh, Avalanche. No, wait, pro sports are so un-indie and corporate, man. Is my hair properly disheveled?

Parting shot/final comments?
You should see Buckwild.

STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
NOMINATED IN JAM

And you are . . .?
The String Cheese Incident.

Website?
www.stringcheeseincident.com

How long has your act been together?
Ten years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
There are challenges around every turn, which is great, because it keeps us on our toes. Recording our most recent studio album was a huge accomplishment, just in the way we grew as musicians from the experience.

Recent recordings of note?
Our most recent studio album was Untying the Knot. We also have an ongoing live CD series called On the Road, which makes a soundboard recording of every show available to those who are interested.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
While not always the case, today we are fortunate to do what we love for a living. We play music day and night.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
Probably Bonnaroo -- 60,000 or 70,000 people.

Favorite places to play?
Red Rocks Amphitheatre here in Colorado, Hornings Hideout in Oregon, and the Fox Theatre in Atlanta come to mind.

Why music?
Playing music is creatively and spiritually satisfying -- and it's a damn good time.

If not music, what else?
It depends which of us you ask. Perhaps something that involves the outdoors, like skiing or backpacking, or perhaps a circus freak.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Obviously, none!

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
There are so many, but the "left behind" stories are always memorable. During a Colorado run, when Kyle had just joined the band, he was M.I.A the morning following a gig. The funny thing was that wherever he was, he didn't have his shoes, because they were on the bus. We drove off without him. But we weren't that mean; we threw his shoes out the window so he wouldn't have to walk barefoot.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
Another left-behind story, somewhere in Montana or Idaho: We mistakenly left Billy behind at a rest stop. We thought he was in his bunk sleeping and didn't even realize he was missing until two hours later, when, at another rest stop, an old couple knocked on our bus door and suggested we do a head count. Billy had approached them and asked them to say something if they saw a tour bus down the road.

Worst gig?
During some run of fifteen shows in sixteen nights, somewhere in North Carolina we got into a car accident, had to rent a Ryder van, and then the Ryder van broke down. And that evening's show: Yes, we made it, but our spirits were not very high.

What do you love about the local scene?
Denver/Boulder offers incredible genre diversity and outstanding musicianship.

What bugs you about the local scene?
In general, local audiences often lack receptivity toward local acts.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That we're always happy.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Broncos

THE SWAYBACK
NOMINATED IN ROCK
9 P.M., SERENGETI

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