String Cheese Incident, Twiddle to play Ommegang

ContributedThe String Cheese Incident will play at Brewery Ommegang on July 8, with special guest Twiddle. 

The String Cheese Incident will bring their summer tour to Cooperstown in a July 8 show at Brewery Ommegang with openers Twiddle. 

The tour will kick off in June at the Electric Forest festival in Michigan and end in August at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. Tickets go on sale Thursday for the Cooperstown show. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with the show to start at 6:30. 

Formed in 1993 in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, The String Cheese Incident "has emerged as one of America’s most significant independent bands," the group's website said. With 10 albums, 6 DVDs and numerous live recordings to its credit, the group was among the first to embrace the Internet as a means of sharing music and information with its fans. The group built its own ticketing company, merchandising company, record label and even a fan travel agency, and has made its live shows available for download online. 

The band, Bill Nershi (guitars and vocals), Michael Kang (mandolin, violin, guitar and vocals), Keith Moseley (bass and vocals), Michael Travis (drums and percussion), Kyle Hollingsworth (keyboards and vocals) and Jason Hann (percussion), has played more than 1,500 gigs, including the group's own festivals, and has "been hailed for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, community spirit, philanthropic endeavors and their innovative approach to the business of music," the website said. 

The group is in the process of recording a new studio album working for a second time with producer Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads. Harrison also produced The String Cheese Incident's 2014 studio album "Song In My Head," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. 

SCI’s support has helped give rise to such not-for-profit organizations as Conscious Alliance, Rock the Earth and Head Count, the website said. 

Twiddle got its start at Vermont’s Castleton State University, launching an extensive touring career in 2005.  "Over a decade later, the foursome has composed an eclectic catalogue spanning three studio albums of originals, in addition to many live releases," the group's website said. 

The band is at work on "PLUMP Chapter Two," the second half of its third album, and will be seen at several festivals this summer, including Susquehanna Breakdown in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Summer Camp in Chillicothe, Illinois, and Lockn' in Arlington, Virginia. 

For tickets and information about the Cooperstown show, visit http://dansmallspresents.com/the-string-cheese-incident

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