Only in the hills of Northwest Colorado in chilly Steamboat Springs would an event like this one occur. In a place where they have Winter Carnivals in the cold snow of January since 1914 you find an outdoor evening concert on the icy, snow-packed streets of downtown. As opening for the World Cup Nordic Combined competitions, the band Leftover Salmon shut 8th Street down to play free on an outside stage in hats and scarves for three hours straight to mobs of dancing locals and tourists. You could tell the locals - with kids in snowsuits on their shoulders, dancing steadily and happily on the slippery ice. And you could tell the tourists - whining that they couldn’t feel their toes. The band started at 6:30 after the ceremonial presentation and played, without pause, some of their best-loved jamming slamgrass.

Lead singer Scott Stoughton from the band Sucker has joined up with Salmon for part of their tour to play the opening of Steamboat’s newest club Levelz. Scott joined in for rapping and rhyming vocals on several songs during the free show. Of course they ended with the chanting of “We’re gonna rise up, Wake and Bake!” with the crowd, ending in an unfinished crescendo. Some of Steamboat heard the finale of it two hours later when the band surprisingly showed up at Levelz to play with Sucker until closing. Lead man Vince Herman threw in his usual references to the surroundings, appeasing the locals by mentioning local spots, events, hills and fun amidst the music and usual lyrics. He stopped in the middle of their encore to mention that they have been playing Steamboat Springs since they began eleven years ago, but kept calling it, “Steamboat Town”...

Seems that Vince had as much hot cocoa and schnapps as we did!

Andy Jehn
JamBase Steamboat Correspondent
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Andy Jehn lives in Steamboat is new to the JamBase family. She writes for Steamboat's underground newspaper, THE LOCAL.

[Published on: 1/28/01]

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