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Leftover Salmon took Denver’s Santa Fe Art District by storm Sunday, May 13, for their Aquatic Hitchhiker free album release party. The 1p.m. event, held between 7th and 8th Ave on Santa Fe Dr. had hundreds lining up at the gate by noon with the gates opening at
1. The band held the free concert to promote the their first album release in 8 years and the only album the band has actually pressed in vinyl in addition to the traditional CD and digital downloads. The official release date for the album Aquatic Hitchhiker is set for May 22.
Once open the event saw as many as 9000 fans making it one of the largest Leftover Salmon shows ever held. Cloud filled skies gave way to sunshine and near perfect afternoon weather. Galleries, shops and restaurants were also filled with participants and many of the second story buildings became box seats for viewing the event.
Leftover Salmon teamed up with the non-profit Conscious Alliance for a fundraiser private party during and after the concert. For a donation of $50 participants were treated to
Pizza, beer, music and a private meet and greet with Denver live performance painter/artist Scramble Campbell and the all of the members of the band.
The concert was the only full two set show the band plans to play in Colorado this summer. Mixed into the nearly 30 songs performed by the band was every song on the new release. At set break several member entered the crowd to celebrate with their fans. The concert ended at 6p.m. and by 8p.m. the stage was in the process of being taken down, all the amps and equipment had been removed and a street sweeper was cleaning up.
This event is one for the record books, the first time the band has released a vinyl album, in a free concert in the streets of Denver attended by a record number of fans. For more information visit www.leftoversalmon.com.
Previously published at the DailyCamera.com
Leftover Salmon helped celebrate the Fox Theatre’s 20th Anniversary celebration with two shows earlier this month on March 6 & 7. Leftover Salmon was a perfect band for the birthday celebration considering they have performed at the Fox more than any other artists in the past two decades.
The fans of the Fox were lucky to have two nights of Leftover Salmon, a band busy reclaiming its place at the top of the jam grass circuit. The band is nationally touring and hitting many festivals along the way, recently performing as far away as Jamaica.
The Fox shows marked the second stop for the band’s Colorado tour and the band really enjoys playing for their Colorado fans. While at Tuesday’s show I met diehard fans that had followed the band for 20 years and others that were seeing the band for the first time. So Wednesday night it was no surprise to see many of the same smiling faces in attendance.
While watching Wednesday’s show I realized that the band’s performance holds something for a variety of musical tastes. From Bluegrass traditional songs to fast, hard-driving “slamgrass” the band has a large number of crowd pleasing tunes. They can play show after show without repeating any songs. So Tuesday’s show brought another
batch of Salmon tunes mixing both new and old into a fun and upbeat show.
A highlight of Tuesday’s show was the band’s tribute to original LS banjo player Mark Vann with current banjo player Andy Thorn’s “Light Behind The Rain.” It was a fitting and touching tribute and one of my favorite new songs.
Some things I have learned watching Leftover Salmon are: Drew Emmitt, I believe, can play anything with strings and has a perfect voice for Salmon’s grassy sound. Vince Herman is not only a talented and fun musician but one of the best personalities and performers around. Jose Martinez makes
his drumming look easy and fun and he never misses a beat, and Andy Thorn is amazing on the 5 string and is as talented a writer as he is a performer.
It is no surprise that the songs played varied slightly from the set list, here is what I have from a collaboration of several fans.
Leftover Salmon 3/6/12
Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
Ants In My Pants
Steamboat Whistle Blues
Doin’ My Time
Tu N’as Pas Aller
I Don’t Know You
Tangled Up In Blue
This Is The Time
Dear Old Dixie
Another Way To Turn
Gimme Da Ting
Brand New Mojo Song > *
Rise Up > *
Round The World > *
Gin & Juice > *
Rise Up *
3/7/12 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
Just before the evening
Stop all your worryin’
Everything is round
Valley of the full moon
Sing up the moon
Riding on the l & n
Bend in the river
Here comes the night
Down in the hollow
Light behind the rain
Up on the hill
Get her rollin’
Just when you think it can’t get no better than it does
Rock n roll
Leftover Salmon just cut a new album that is due in the stores later this year and I am guessing we will get the chance to see them again later this year. For more information visit LeftoverSalmon.com.
For photos from the first night click here.
Editors Note: Please note corrected Date for Leftover Salmon show.
For all the Salmon heads in Colorado, if you did not get your fix at the Thanksgiving Ogden shows then we have good news! The band recently announced the start of their Winter Tour with a concert in Fort Collins. Leftover Salmon will play the Aggie Theatre Tuesday, Feb 28. Check out the Facebook event here and for more information visit www.leftoversalmon.com.
In the meantime here is a great pull from our friend Steve taken at the recent Ogden shows. Check it out. If you miss this opportunity it is nobody’s fault but …