DURANGO, Colo. – The dance floor will be open when Colorado’s “polyethnic, Cajun, slamgrass” band Leftover Salmon comes to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Saturday, Mar. 10, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Leftover Salmon is currently touring the Rocky Mountain region with its “On the Road Again” winter tour (Feb. 29-Mar. 12, 2012) – the band’s first structured tour since spring 2004. The band is back to its classic five-piece line-up featuring Vince Herman (acoustic guitar/vocals), Drew Emmitt (mandolin/electric guitar/fiddle/vocals), Greg Garrison (bass/vocals), Andy Thorn (banjo/vocals) and Jose Martinez (drums).
In the tradition of legendary bands such as the Grateful Dead, Leftover Salmon blends rootsy rock and bluegrass instrumentation/vocals with innovative "jam” – which has made the band wildly popular on the jam band circuit. Leftover Salmon formed in 1989 in Boulder, Colo., the result of a merger of Herman (The Salmon Heads) and Emmitt (Left Hand String Band).
From 1993 to 2004, the group released seven albums, and collaborated with a range of top performers including, Belá Fleck, Earl Scruggs, Lucinda Williams, Blues Traveler’s John Popper, Widespread Panic's John Bell and Big Head Todd's Todd Park Mohr. Leftover Salmon has earned a legion of die-hard fans, critical accolades and a reputation as one of the most exciting, engaging concert experiences to ever hit the road.
Leftover Salmon’s recent 2011 New Year’s Eve show in Portland, Ore. marked its 22nd anniversary, as the band’s first official gig was in Crested Butte, Colo., on New Year’s Eve 1989. With the dawn of 2012, Leftover Salmon begins a new era as the members veer away from the on-again, off-again schedule maintained since 2005.
In addition to the current tour, the band has a new studio album, Aquatic Hitchhiker, produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), set to be released in spring 2012, date TBA. The album is said to be typically “Salmon” with bluegrass, calypso and rock and roll.
View a video slice of Leftover Salmon performing "Pasta on the Mountain," joined on stage by Bill Nershi and Jeff Austin, at NedFest, Aug. 28, 2011, in Nederland, Colo., at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1ikqnno4wE&feature=related.
Tickets for Leftover Salmon – $25/$35 – are available on-line at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 970.247.7657, or at the Ticket Office in Downtown Durango at 7th St. and Main Ave. All sales final.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall and concessions, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, opening at 6:30 p.m.
The Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, as well as through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.