String Cheese set to provide another incident for Ralston |

String Cheese set to provide another incident for Ralston

Stewart Oksenhorn
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Aron Ralston is about to have another kind of incident altogether.

The Aspenite, whose story of severing his own arm to save his life has become international news, is going to be honored at a July 5 concert by Colorado jam-band String Cheese Incident.

String Cheese Incident, a favorite of the music-loving Ralston, has dubbed its July 5 concert at New Mexico’s Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre “Aron’s Incident.” (Any performance, in String Cheese parlance, is known as an “incident.”)

The band is organizing a silent auction to be held during the July 5 concert, and a limited edition String Cheese Incident poster will be available for sale at the show. All proceeds from the auction and poster sale will be donated to the Aron Ralston Fund. The fund-raising is being organized by Footprints’ Gouda Causes, String Cheese’s philanthropic and community outreach program.

According to String Cheese’s Web site (, Aron’s Incident is being staged to “honor Aron Ralston who, after being pinned under a boulder for five days, showed such amazing courage and will to live that he has since become a worldwide hero.”

Ralston is an avid concertgoer, with a particular fondness for the jam bands Phish and String Cheese Incident. Ralston, a resident of Albuquerque before moving to the Roaring Fork Valley last November, has attended numerous String Cheese Incidents since his first, at Paolo Soleri in 2000. Ralston is also a concert photographer who has shot many String Cheese shows.

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