Boulder-based jam band String Cheese Incident is bringing back one of its most beloved traditions, the band told Reverb this morning. The group’s Winter Carnival will return in 2011 –- from Mar. 10-12 at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield.
“1stBank Center feels like the perfect venue for the return of SCI’s Winter Carnival,” the band’s Keith Moseley told Reverb. “It’s going to be fantastic to revive this tradition and to play for the hometown crowd again. I can’t wait!”
The Winter Carnival weekends are fan favorites because of the rock atmosphere, the easy access to the slopes and the intense collaboration between SCI and its varied opening acts. This year’s openers include U.K. electro artist Ott (Mar. 10), bluegrass madmen J.D. Crowe & the New South (Mar. 11) and New Orleans funksters Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (Mar. 12).
Tickets, $55, will enjoy a short presale starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the band’s website with the public on-sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 15 at TicketHorse. Everybody purchasing a ticket will receive a free download of that night’s show from livecheese.com.
With this Winter Carnival announcement, it’s clear that the 1stBank Center, the still-newish suburban arena, is quickly becoming a favorite with the jam band crowd. Since opening in early-March, the mid-sized arena has seen three nights of Phish, two multi-night stands by Furthur (the second one being Feb. 11-13, 2011), a legendary fundraising concert (which included members of Phish, SCI, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Big Head Todd and the Monsters) and now three nights of String Cheese Incident.