It’s an Old Soul, but It’s Got a Young Heart. Part 2
Though no one can be exactly sure how the 90‘s resurgence of the hoop came about, The String Cheese Incident had huge hand in the helping. Known as a jam band, that released its first album in 1996, Born on the Wrong Planet, String Cheese Incident gives credit to Beth Childers.
The story goes that in the beginnings when playing clubs in Telluride and Crested Butte, Colorado, no one was dancing. Beth Childers and friends started bringing hoops made of irrigation tubing to get people to move.
From there, hoops started being incorporated into their shows and band would bring quantities to throw into the audience.
Violin-mandolin player Michael Kang remembers preparing 70 or 80 hoops for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
“We had it worked out that during our set,” he tells NPR reporter, Sean Cole, “our buddy would throw these hoops out into the crowd. And the next thing you know when we’re playing, there’s like 70 people Hula-Hooping all over the place and it kind of just caught on and took off after that. And the hoop became an emblem.” So much so that band uses it for a logo.
Sean Cole’s interview aired in 2005 on NPR and then String Cheese Incident band members observed that at any summer outdoor festival there were at least “50 to 60 people in the back totally grooving with hula hoops on.”
Since 2005 and especially since the 1996 “rebirth,” of the hoop, the number of hoopers has continued to grow. A number of differing elements that pioneered the rise in popularity is continuing to be fascinating.