Hey Ma! Pack up the bus and let's get out ON THE ROAD! The String Cheese Incident has announced their annual Spring Tour, causing kids throughout the south and midwest parts of the country to SMILE, make JOYFUL SOUNDS, and spontaneously hula-hoop.

The Barefoot Boys from Boulder will kick off their Spring Tour with a three-night stand at Austin's Waterloo Park ("underneath that Texas sun") on April 4-6, 2002, in what many hope will be a repeat of last year's historic run. This year's Austin run will feature opening acts by Tenacious D (the World's Greatest Rock 'n Roll Band!), Hayseed Dixie, and Jackie Pepper. The tour will then move north, stopping for a 4th TEXAS show in Dallas (4/8), Tulsa, OK (4/9) and Omaha (4/10), before taking a BREATHEr with two long-overdue weekend Incidents in Chicago's UIC Pavilion (4/12 with Ozomatli and 4/13 with Keller Williams). From Chi-town, the circus follows the RHYTHM OF THE ROAD through Ann Arbor's famed Hill Auditorium for a second consecutive Incident with Keller (4/14). SCI will then make an inter-GALACTIC return appearance at the Veteran's Memorial in Columbus (4/16) before heading SOUTHBOUND into the heartland, turning up the yee-haw factor in Louisville (4/17) and TEARING DOWN THE GRAND OLE OPRY's Ryman Auditorium in Nashville (4/18). Just before hitting the home stretch, the boys make an ALABAMA GETAWAY to Birmingham (4/19).

The annual celebration of drummer/percussionist Michael Travis' birthday will take place in high style in what is sure to be an epic two-night run at the Fabulous Fox Theater in HOTLANTA (4/20-4/21) (don't miss these shows kiddies!). From Atlanta, the never-ending fun continues south for a very rare run of two nights in the Sunshine State, playing to Floridians in Pompano Beach (4/23) and Orlando (4/24). After baking under the SUNNY SKIES of Florida, the boys load up the bus and take the party on to New Orleans, where the Cheese are rumored to make their debut OUTSIDE on the big stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 26 (TBA), before heading back INSIDE for two nights at the Saenger Theater (4/27 and 28). If the last two years of shows at the Saenger are any indication, these will be the hottest tickets of the tour, so DON'T SAY we didn't warn ya.

Ever blazing a path on the cutting edge, the kind folks at SCI Fidelity Records are proud to introduce an innovative series of live releases entitled On The Road. Barring any technical difficulties or venue restrictions, a three-CD recording from each Incident along the Spring Cheese 2002 Tour will be available for pre-order when you purchase your concert tickets, for pre-order at the Incident, and for purchase at The On The Road series is an experimental project designed to help fill the steady demand for better access to SCI's live material. If this idea gets positive feedback from friends and family, SCI may offer something like this along future tours or for eternity. This project in no way jeopardizes The String Cheese Incident's long-standing policy of allowing individuals to record and trade their live performances.

The Cheesy future looks bright with growing numbers of kind folks getting hooked each night. In these sometimes dark days, the band and the FOCs who love them continue to work that circular energy, putting gouda vibes in circulation and see who they find!

04.04.02 Waterloo Park Austin, TX with Tenacious D
04.05.02 Waterloo Park Austin, TX with Hayseed Dixie
04.06.02 Waterloo Park Austin, TX with Jackie Pepper
04.08.02 Bronco Bowl Dallas, TX
04.09.02 Brady Theatre Tulsa, OK
04.10.02 Music Hall Omaha, NE
04.12.02 UIC Pavilion Chicago, IL with Ozomatli
04.13.02 UIC Pavilion Chicago, IL with Keller Williams
04.14.02 Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor, MI with Keller Williams
04.16.02 Veteran's Memorial Columbus, OH
04.17.02 Louisville Palace Theatre Louisville, KY
04.18.02 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
04.19.02 Boutwell Auditorium Birmingham, AL
04.20.02 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA
04.21.02 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA
04.23.02 Pompano Amphitheatre Pompano Beach, FL
04.24.02 Hard Rock Orlando, FL
04.26.02 TBA New Orleans, LA
04.27.02 Saenger Theatre New Orleans, LA
04.28.02 Saenger Theatre New Orleans, LA

Marc A. Ross
Cheesy Correspondent

SCI will next play on February 16 and 17, 2002, hosting their first Intra-National Incident at the Lahaina Civic Center Outdoor Stage in Lahaina, Hawaii. These shows will be followed by a brief all-Colorado Winter Carnival, with shows at the Fillmore in Denver (3/21-3/23), the Dobson Arena in Vail (3/25 and 26), and conclude with two shows in Telluride (3/29 and 30). For more information see

[Published on: 2/5/02]

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