Happy Birthday Bill Nershi: The String Cheese Incident At Woodstock 1999


The String Cheese Incident guitarist Bill Nershi was born on this date in 1961. The New Jersey native pursued his love of skiing and music by moving to Colorado where he founded SCI in 1993 with multi-instrumentalist Michael Kang, keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth, drummer Michael Travis and bassist Keith Moseley. Nershi’s electric-style playing on acoustic, earnest songwriting and love of bluegrass are among the hallmarks of Cheese’s sound. The band toured hard over their first decade and one of the group’s biggest gigs was an appearance at Woodstock 1999 in Rome, New York on July 22, 1999.

While Woodstock 1999 has a bad reputation thanks to violence and reports of sexual assault that took place, SCI performed during the first day and none of the controversies that surrounded the event had took place yet. The band’s set was among those broadcast via Pay-Per-View. Cheese kicked off their 90-minute performance with a bluegrass-tinged “Walk This Way” and then showed off their improvisational chops on Kang’s “Come As You Are” before tackling Vassar Clements’ “Lonesome Fiddle Blues.”

The String Cheese Incident’s Woodstock 1999 performance continued on with an expansive version of Hollingsworth’s “Missin’ Me.” Nershi then led a “group hoot” as he had the crowd provide the “Woodstock Scream.” Next up was Moseley’s “Joyful Sound” before Billy belted out one of the band’s signature songs, “Restless Wind.” SCI concluded their set with a 15-minute version of Nershi’s “Texas.”

Watch pro-shot video of SCI’s Woodstock 1999 set below thanks to Music Vault:


  • 0:00:00 – Walk This Way
  • 0:05:18 – Come As You Are
  • 0:15:10 – Lonesome Fiddle Blues
  • 0:25:36 – Missin’ Me
  • 0:51:16 – Joyful Sound
  • 1:01:07 – Restless Wind
  • 1:08:22 – Texas