The String Cheese Incident sells out in minutes

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Billy Nershi and The String Cheese Incident headlined High Sierra in 2015.

Editor’s note: String Cheese Incident will play three more nights at Tahoe: Feb. 21-23, 2019.

It’s not so hard to “Believe,” The String Cheese Incident’s three shows at the Crystal Bay Casino sold out in record time.

The String Cheese Incident will set up camp in the Crown Room on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 17-19. Tickets cost $100 a night, by far the most expensive for a Crown Room concert. Most of the tickets were sold through the band’s fan club. A “very limited number of tickets” were held for public sale on Friday, and they sold out in less than a minute, Crystal Bay Casino General Manger Bill Wood said.

The Colorado band consistently sells out out huge arenas but it has scheduled a Winter Carnival 2017 Roots Revival Tour comprised of  13 shows at intimate venues to coincide with the release of its seventh studio album, “Believe.” Last summer, Crystal Bay Casino removed the last of its booth seats to expand the Crown Room’s capacity to 750, still small for The String Cheese Incident, a favorite of bluegrass and jam-band fans for more than two decades.

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Kyle Hollingsworth plays keys for SCI.

The Lake Tahoe shows will be SCI’s only appearances in the West. The 13-show tour has four stops in Colorado, one in Utah.

While it will be the first Crystal Bay Casino concert for The String Cheese Incident, four of its members have played there with side projects, drummer Michael Travis and percussionist Jason Hann with EOTO, guitarist-songwriter Bill Nershi with the Emmitt-Nershi Band and keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth. The other members are mandolin, violin and guitar player Michael Kang and bass guitarist Keith Moseley.

SCI sold out Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort March 10, 2016, to tip off its March Madness Tour.

“Some 22 years into our career we are still evolving as songwriters and players,” Moseley told Tahoe Onstage before last year’s tour started. “It’s an exciting feeling that this far in we are really at the top of our game and making our best music together.”

The six band members already had worked on “Believe” before the 2016 tour began. It started with what Moseley called a songwriting retreat in Sedona, Arizona. He said family members, computers and cell phones were left at home.

As it did with 2014’s “A Song In My Head,” the band employed Jerry Harrison from the Talking Heads as producer. Eric Thorngren was the engineer.

“We ducked out of town and rented an Airbnb house so we could be isolated and we could set up all the gear and be together 24-7 for a week,” Moseley said. “That resulted in great collaborations, where ordinarily we don’t have that much collaboration. Usually, someone will bring a song that’s mostly finished and then we’ll kind of tweak it.

“This was an opportunity to write together from the get-go, and see ideas from the beginning through the finished product of a song as far as creating the melodies to the song structure and even the lyrics together.”

The String Cheese Incidents shows will be part an amazing five-night run in the Crown Room. Lettuce’s Mt. Crushmore tour will hit Crystal Bay for shows on Wednesday and Thursday, March 15-16.

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  • String Cheese Incident
    Winter Carnival 2017 Roots Revival Tour
    March 3-4 — Boulder, Colorado, Fox Theatre
    March 7-8 — Aspen, Colorado, Belly Up Aspen
    March 10 — Crested Butte, Colorado, The Eldo
    March 11-12 —  Telluride, Colorado, Club Red
    March 14-15 — Park City, Utah, Park City Live
    March 17-19 — Crystal Bay, Nevada, Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room

Related story: Album review: Kyle Hollingsworth’s “Speed of Life.” LINK

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