String Cheese Hideout In Jeopardy

The String Cheese Incident‘s annual music festival at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Ore., will take place as usual August 4-7, but it will most likely be relocated next year since neighbors of the rural park have complained about traffic, noise and trespassers.

The SCI show is expected to include performances by Arturo Sandoval, Trans-Global Underground, Railroad Earth, New Monsoon and others.

Horning’s Hideout is 158 acres of rolling hills west of Portland and has been the site of the festival for the past five years, drawing approximately 4,500 campers. However, a 34-page ruling from land-use hearing officer Larry Epstein recently denied owners Bob Horning and his mother, Jane Horning, a formal application to stage outdoor concerts on their property, according to The Oregonian.

Epstein said the five-space campground that was usually rented by families and companies for picnics has essentially been turned into a concert venue without formal approval by the county. The concerts could not comply with the county’s land-use zoning laws because the park is not located close enough to freeway off-ramps and is in an “exclusive forest conservation” area.

The situation will not affect this year’s concert, SCI spokeswoman Carrie Lombardi told Pollstar. For the moment, it’s up in the air as to whether the festival will be able to return the Hornings’ property next year.

“Right now, the venue has four or five shows a year. They’re trying to reduce that number to two or none,” Lombardi said. “Whether that happens, I don’t know, but the String Cheese Incident has applied for a mass gathering permit, which we expect to go through and allow this event to continue.”

Other concerts the Hornings reportedly have scheduled include the Northwest Reggae Festival July 22-24 and the Shakedown Campout & Music Festival August 26-27.