One of Colorado’s favorite home grown bands, Leftover Salmon is on tour and busy as ever. The band recently played throughout Colorado and even performed a free concert at Breckenridge’s Spring Fever last month. The unseasonably warm event was a fun filled concert with many attendees in shorts, t-shirts and miniskirts. The concert at the base of Peak 8 was packed with fans some engaging in the age old spring time fun of slush slinging. At one point the air was so filled with a glimmering spray of ice that you could hardly see the band. Soon the band asked that the fans be mindful of the children in the audience and things calmed down a bit for the fans to enjoy the music.
The band is working hard to spread the word that they are back and better than ever. They have revamped their website, audio stream many of their live concerts, and their new Timeline Facebook page recently reached 20,000 “likes” or fans.
Leftover Salmon recently completed their new album “Aquatic Hitchhiker” in Portland, Oregon and even documented the recording process in a 5 part documentary series called Salmonlandia that can be viewed for a small price at iClips.
Leftover Salmon is currently touring through the southern U.S., next month however, they have a treat in store for their local fans. Leftover Salmon plans another free show, this time in Santa Fe Art District of Denver. The Sunday, May 13th, concert is billed as their “Aquatic Hitchhiker” album release party and is a benefit for the Conscious Alliance. This will be a daytime show according to the bands website, “Party starts at 1pm and goes til 6pm.” Rocky Mountain Jams would like to congratulate Leftover Salmon and their continued success and we look forward to the new album, yes they did a printing on vinyl, and we will see you at the album release party in May.
If you know local musician Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist for the String Cheese Incident, you know he likes homebrewing beer. In fact over recent months he has worked with a number of local breweries to develop special flavors of beer that he showcased in this weekends “Kyle’s Brew Fest,” a benefit for the Conscious Alliance sponsored by the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Boulder Beer and Odell Brewing. Saturday’s fest was the second brew inspired benefit sponsored by Hollingsworth.
The sold out brew fest, held at Boulder Beer, Saturday, July 23, offered food, music and over 50 different types of beer poured by 25 breweries.
The list of breweries participating in Saturday’s
event read like a who’s who of Colorado micro-brews. Avery, Boulevard, Breckenridge, Great Divide, Left Hand, Mountain Sun, Oskar Blues, Pumphouse, Redstone Meadery, Twisted Pine, Upslope and many more companies were offering their brews in support of the charity event.
With Saturday’s temperatures well into the 90’s participants were more than happy to try 2 ounce “taste” of the wide variety of libations. Entrance to the benefit came with a screen print special edition glass, a ticket for a grilled burger and two tickets for a “full pour” of the beer of your choice. The “taste” of beer, offered by all of the participating companies, were unlimited and sometimes as much as 6 ounces of cold, refreshing brews. Participants of the event enjoyed
eating and sampling many beers, talking with brewers and bidding on donated rock and roll collectables with all of the proceeds going to the Boulder based Conscious Alliance, a nonprofit organization committed to the distribution of food to impoverished communities across the United States.
Hollingsworth was available for the entire event, even chatting with and engaging attendees waiting in the long line to gain entrance to the brewery parking lot and event grounds. He was more than happy to explain the process or flavor of the brews he helped create.
Midway through the event the Kyle Hollingsworth band took to the stage, first introducing the various participating breweries and naming off the local special brews with which he had helped create. The featured brew was Boulder Beer’s recently released “Hoopla Pale Ale,” described by the brewery as “dry-hopped with generous amounts of Glacier hops for a fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor that will have your taste buds dancing.” Hollingsworth offered thanks to the participants and sponsors. The band performed many of the Hollingsworth fan favorites undaunted by the high temperatures.
In addition to the brews, event sponsors offered water and juice to help battle the heat. Many of the attendees sought the refuge of the shade tents or the shade of the trees bordering Boulder Beer’s parking lot. The rest were drinking beer and dancing under the afternoon sun. With his second sold out brew fest even larger than the first it seems a sure bet that there will be Hollingsworth inspired brew events in the future. For more information visit: www.kylehollingsworth.com and www.consciousalliance.org.
Writer and photographer Alan Crandall submitted the following guest blog previously published at TimesCall.com:
One of the comments I have heard several times recently
was, “really, moe is playing a free concert in Breck’?” Indeed it was true, Moe (the band’s preferred spelling is moe.) did perform at the base of Peak 8 in Breckenridge, this Saturda
y, as part of the Breck Spring Fever Concert Series, presented by Bud Light. Moe billed as “honest, heartfelt rock from this East Coast that’s been a mainstay for two decades,” has a solid fan base that supports many concert stops and even their own three day East Coast festival called moe.down.
Saturday’s show was well attended with hundreds of skiers, snowboarders and diehard fans braving the chilly weather and moderate snowfall. Performing in the cold is not new for the band, which only last month, as part their winter festival Snoe.down,
Guitarists Chuck Garvey and Al Schiner.
played in below-freezing temperatures on the side of Bear Mountain, Vt. Saturday’s weather had the band explaining that they would need to stop and tune their instruments in between each song; otherwise they seemed undaunted by the weather.
Moe’s long jamfull tunes were complemented by the snow, and the grays, blues and white scenery of a snowy mountain day were accented by the colorful skier garb that adorned the fans. I recommend taking in a Colorado concert in the snow. The spring concert series is over in Breckenridge so bring on the summer concerts and festivals, and when winter rolls around again, a snow filled concert should be in your future.