Leftover Salmon | 12.29.07 | Boulder

Words by: Brian Heisler | Images by: Tobin Voggesser

Leftover Salmon :: 12.29.97 :: Boulder Theater :: Boulder, CO

Vince Herman :: 12.29
As a late Christmas present and pre-New Year's Eve gift, Leftover Salmon reunited in its hometown for the first time in three years. The smiling faces of Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt stared at each other across the stage before the anxious crowd. Emotions ran high, both onstage and off. The return of one of Boulder's great bands was a reunion for the musicians and longtime fans alike, familiar faces jumping right back into the madness as if it had never left.

With arms flailing crazily, Herman greeted the crowd and spun into fan-favorite "Zombie Jamboree." Instantly, the Boulder Theater became a dance playground. Emmitt tore things open with his electric twang and slide on the mandolin during "Unplug the Telephone." That great combination of Herman's quirky personality and Emmitt's unparalleled musicianship was sorely missed the past few years, and for one night in Boulder it was back again. "Bend on the River" found Emmitt on violin for a straighter bluegrass feel, during which Herman let out a one of his classic yelps.

Drew Emmitt :: 12.29
The second set opened with another fan-favorite, "Up On the Hill Boogie." The crowd sang along, attempting to hit each note as the song reached higher in the "do do do, ooooh!" "Mama Boulet" included one of the best jams of the night, done in great Salmon Cajun style. Herman's son, Silas, joined the band on guitar for "Key to the Highway." It seems the next generation of slamgrass has begun.

Since the death of Mark Vann in 2002, Noam Pikelny has taken the reins on banjo for Leftover Salmon. While no one can replace Vann, Pikelny continues to impress. A smooth, fast solo from Pikelny made the bluegrass sound explode, setting the crowd off and inspiring Herman to jump on washboard for a tune.

It was one of those nights where each minute the show went on it got better. Every move was somehow better than the last, and it felt like it would never end as the band played on. After encoring with the Rolling Stones' "Let it Bleed," the crowd continued to rage and coaxed Salmon back for a second encore, which included Jeff Sipe's five-year-old son on drums and a collective, vocal-only version of "Wake and Bake." Fans clapped and sang, and it all ended just as naturally as it began.

It was a wild year for Colorado music fans. 2007 saw the departure of Colorado greats String Cheese Incident and the return of Colorado's original slamgrass heroes, Leftover Salmon. Here's hoping for more Salmon and Cheese in our live music diets in 2008.

Leftover Salmon :: 12.29

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QuantumTuba Mon 1/14/2008 01:05PM
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I can't wait to see these guys at Wakarusa. Sounds like a great show.

sunnbear starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/14/2008 01:11PM
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I saw these guys many years ago at a NORML rally in Ft. Collins. They absolutely blew my mind. I had never heard bluegrass played quite like that before. I have seen them several times since. This show would have been a blast. I miss the Colorado scene.

ScIFreak Mon 1/14/2008 01:33PM
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From SCI to Leftover both bands show what colorado is made of. Sounds like a great show, I love reunions.... How long until Phish gets back??

Robusto Mon 1/14/2008 02:05PM
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Sure do miss the old Festivals! Zambiland baby! RIP Mark Vann :(

Promontory Rider starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/14/2008 02:09PM
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Promontory Rider


Fester in lesterville

DI beware!

Undabo Jack

Marcsmall Mon 1/14/2008 02:16PM
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Best show I saw all of last year. And I saw somewhere around 80 shows in the Denver-Boulder area. I wish they would play more often, although, It was well worth the wait. Noam really impressed me.

Jamscenes.com Mon 1/14/2008 02:20PM
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For more photos check this link


blower starstarstarstar Mon 1/14/2008 04:58PM
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The American Taxi kicks ass too. I recommend them to any LOS fans.

dedhed6111 starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/14/2008 05:30PM
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I was fortunate enough to catch Leftover's final three shows in 2005 and I'm absolutely thrilled that they've thrown it back together. If anybody out there's only gotten into the scene recently or has been out there since the "breakup", check these guys out again and give them all your support. they're true founders of the scene and one of the best shows you'll ever attend. peace

bpngdf starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/14/2008 07:54PM
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late night high sierra was so sick. raged til the sun came up

grtwent1 starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/14/2008 09:50PM
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I caught the night before at the Ogden and of the 4 shows I saw for the NYE run, the LoS show was by far the tops. The boys came to play and us LoSers were stoked to see the return. Can I hear a Fillmore gig this winter old skool? Throw in some special guests like Sam, Jerry and Bela and there won't be anything left standing when they are done. Long live the Mayor!

blower starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/15/2008 01:24PM
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Yep BBQ- Late Night LOS at HSMF raged beyond belief. Probably the best show I have seen them play and the best show of the fest. Dumptafunk was pretty close. Now I am off to the Bisco thread for a good laugh!!!

RedHeaven starstarstar Tue 1/15/2008 06:11PM
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High Sierra late nite and main stage last summer were some of the best shows I have ever seen. I heard second show Colorado was amazing. However, I wish this review was longer with more photos. For a band that highly deserves some jambase love, I wasnt impressed with the quick mild review here. The writer wrote some decent stuff, but its the quick ending "It was a wild year for Colorado music fans. 2007 saw the departure of Colorado greats String Cheese Incident and the return of Colorado's original slamgrass heroes, Leftover Salmon. Here's hoping for more Salmon and Cheese in our live music diets in 2008." OK, article done, NEXT? Kind of an uninspring ending.....plus, lets focus on Salmon here....let SCI rest a bit. They have had their time on jambase. I looooooove SCI as much as the next friend but I felt this was just a little bit of a side track to what Leftover Salmon did to Colorado this weekend. The end of an article is important, and would of rather the writer concentrate on what the article was about: Fish, not dairy. :)

ScIFreak Wed 1/16/2008 04:01AM
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^^^ Too bad both bands were extremely active doing shows TOGETHER!!!!!

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/16/2008 07:59AM
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the first time i saw LoS i didnt "get it" (August of 2003 in Sedona, Arizona). i was there to see Keller tear it up. I was triping on mushrooms that day but of all their tunes "Hey Woody Guthrie" stuck with me. I cried during that song. A month later i saw YMSB at ACL and became a bluegrass fanatic. When Leftover came back to Arizona (Flagstaff) in December they blew me away. I cannot wait to see them again! People have been bashing Wakarusa but I think with them and keller plus the other bands they are going to throw in (come on guys you know they will have some more big artists) i think it's going to rule!

RedHeaven Wed 1/16/2008 09:01AM
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Yes true, they were active doing shows together, but that was years ago. Now is now. I dont see them doing the magic they did with SCI back in the day anymore...maybe a little bit here and there with Nershi and Keith, but thats it. I sure wouldnt complain, but I think Salmon deserves their own cred, sans Cheese.

ScIFreak Wed 1/16/2008 10:58AM
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^^^ Very true, and they do have all the credit...

Let's dream that in One of these days we'll see "String Cheese Incident & Leftover Salmon Tonight at Red Rocks" Now wouldn't that be amazing..

leftovercheese4u Wed 1/16/2008 06:37PM
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BOINNNGG!! I like the way you think SCI freak! This is probably the best news I've ever seen on this site.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/17/2008 03:43AM
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I was trying to be nice and polite on the Bisco story and people ripped on me. So after posting positive comments for a little while I've decided to start ripping people again. Feel my wrath!

n-1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/17/2008 05:37AM
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does that mean more art from jamband artisti LEGEND Jason Rizzi?? I hope.

kellerbuzz Thu 1/17/2008 01:52PM
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you da man liberals!!! (yeah yeah)

blower Thu 1/17/2008 04:45PM
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Being the die hard HSMF resident that you are Redheaven, I'm sure you remember the Bear Valley Days. LOS late night with Tony F. and SCI with Keller the next late night. Damn those were fun shows, not to mention the Panic mainstage show a few hours prior to LOS. That was the first of many great HS adventures for me. Thanks for bringing back good memories.

USCTrojans4Life Mon 1/21/2008 09:35AM
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LiberalsForMonkeys: Feel my wrath!

Haha, haha, haha, I have never laughed so hard in all of my life! You are da man!

willie42o Fri 1/25/2008 11:27AM
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yeah i agree the whole "feel my wrath thing" thing???? maybe you and kellerbuzz can meet up for a long night of taking turns feeling each others wraths!


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