This weekend, August 11 and 12, Leftover Salmon will be hosting Salmon Del Rio on a beautiful site tucked in a valley along the Colorado River about 35 miles from Vail. The fester will bring together an eclectic mixture of bands ranging from the Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass of Leftover Salmon to the mind-boggling jazz of Charlie Hunter to the funk of Dirty Dozen Brass Band to the harder edge of Sucker to the dark whatever-you-want-to-call-it of Lake Trout. Throw in some Groove Collective, JIVE, Wild Magnolias, Djate, Particle, Porterhouse, Juice and Red Dirt Rangers and you’ve got yourself one hell of a party. With two sets of Leftover Salmon each night (and late-night sets planned to boot) this event is not set up for those who require much sleep. For the weak few who require rest, there will be plenty of camping on-site and in the national forest that borders the grounds.

Anyone who is familiar with Leftover Salmon knows that the feeling of festival accompanies all of their shows. In speaking with Vince Herman, the band’s ringleader, I could quickly tell that these guys take their festing quite seriously. When asked about the festival’s location, Vince told me, “The site is out in the middle of nowhere which is what we have found is the best place for a festival to be. We want to make sure that there are no real world intrusions coming in so you can best concentrate on festing.”

Vince went on to explain the importance of festival in today’s world. “Festival and the culture of festival is the only way of saving the planet,” Herman continued. “There are very few places where people can gather these days.” This concept was one of the reasons that the band chose a variety of music for their event rather than focusing on one particular genre. Vince told me, “It’s important to make the gathering as inclusive as impossible. One way to do that is to have a wide range of music. Bring us like-minded freaks together and form a community that can last beyond the festival.” In a moment of excitement, he exclaimed: “Festival today and rule the world tomorrow!!”

Besides from great music, the festival will have plenty of extracurricular activities to keep you busy. Vince told me that the weekend was actually planned around the peak of the Perseids meteor showers, which should make for some unbelievable stargazing. With the Colorado River within inches of the stage, swimming and rafting will be available to the festival goers. There will also be balloon rides, a loitering contest (with rules to be explained later), plenty of food, lots of annahuacing (according to Vince, “it wouldn’t be right to describe annahuacing before anyone receives it... but it doesn’t hurt”), and of course tons of JAMMING.

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Leroy Von Steuben
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[Published on: 8/8/01]

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