The great jam bands in rock history have had names that are quirky, to say the least (Phish, The Grateful Dead, Gov't Mule...). Crested Butte, Colorado's The Cheese String Incident is no different.
You'd be forgiven to think that they're named after a third-rate political thriller movie about dairy products, or a cover band based on Guns N' Roses' cover album The Spaghetti Incident, but you'd be very, very wrong. There are a few stories out there about where the name came from, which has made it into quite the solid rock myth:
1) A Spinal Tap-esque event happening on stage at a 1996 Cheese String Incident show involving a broken mandolin string.
2) Being stopped by the police while possessing a Tupperware-esque container of weed marked "String Cheese".
3) A bar food fight with jack cheese, beans and salsa ending becoming so epic the members decided to call themselves The String Cheese Incident to never forget that experience.
All solid options, but even more fun is trying to identify the multitude of musical styles in every song. So sit back, grab a tasty beverage or three (heck, order a pizza while you're at it) and enjoy this close-to-2-hour jam session.
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