PHOTOS/REVIEW: Leftover Salmon – Boulder Theater 11/28/14


:: Leftover Salmon – Boulder Theater :: November 28, 2014 ::

Photos by Josh Elioseff
Words by Nessa Fried

Stuffed with turkey and enough family antics to last until next Thanksgiving, eager Boulderites and visitors alike shuffled into the Boulder Theater for some good old fashioned cajun slamgrass. Many look forward to ending their holiday weekend by celebrating with the band’s annual hometown visit. However, this year fans were treated with an addition excitement; the release of the new studio album, High Country.

The anticipated album was released simultaneously with the Friday night show, preparing fans for two nights full of new music. The new album provides the foundation of new songs that Leftover Salmon will truly bring to life with their unforgettable take on jamgrass in the upcoming shows.

During night one, a long time fan was heard to proclaim, “It’s like leftover is pregnant, let’s see what they come out with.”

To help welcome High Country, the band performed with special guests, the High Country Horns featuring the producer of their album, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos on the sax. The horns trio also included Josh Quinlan playing saxophone and Torn Gershwin on trumpet. The High Country Horns added a funky flavor to the already dance-inducing sounds of Leftover Salmon. On Friday night, the horns elevated the drum space during “Dark Green Thing.” Vince Herman’s quirky personality couldn’t be forgotten as he orchestrated with his hands and let out his trademark “FESTIVAL” hoot.

High Country Horns stuck around for “Euphoria,” “Light in the Woods,” “Finish Your Beer” and “Just When You Think it Can’t Get no Better Than it Does” to close out night one. Banjoist Andy Thorn showed off during the album’s title track on Saturday night, showcasing his unquestionable raw talent and instrumental precision. The captivating horns section returned Saturday night, joining the band for the entirety of the second set.

In addition to promoting their new album, the band performed various covers throughout the two night run. The newest official member of Leftover Salmon, keyboardist Bill Payne took the reigns in leading the covers of “Rooster Rag” and “Dixie Chicken” from his former band Little Feat. In addition, both nights saw covers from John Hartford as well as the classic Dead hit “Railroad Blues” and The Band’s “Rag Mama Rag.”

For those who couldn’t make it out to the shows, Yahoo streamed Saturday’s show live to viewers at home. The webcast is being played on loop for those who need a little more Salmon in their lives.

• Nov. 28th, 2014

  • Get up and Go
  • The Other Side
  • Georgie Lou
  • Steampowered Aeroplane
  • Railroad Blues with Steve Berlin on Bari Saxophone
  • Thornpipe
  • Mama Boulet
  • Oh, Atlanta with Josh Quinlan on Saxophone
  • Better Day
  • Rooster Rag
  • Dark Green Thing with High Country Horns



  • Euphoria with High Country Horns
  • Light in the Woods with horns
  • Way Down Under
  • Aquatic Hitchhiker with Josh Quinlan on Saxophone
  • Rough and Rocky Road with horns
  • Dance on Yer Head with Tom Gershwin on trumpet
  • All Night Ride
  • Easy to Slip
  • Gold Hill Line
  • Finish Your Beer with horns
  • Just When you Think it Can’t Get no Better Than it Does with horns



  • Morning Sun
  • Big Mamou with horns


 • Nov. 29th, 2014

  • Down in the Hollow
  • Liza
  • Western Skies
  • The Remington Ride
  • Sing up to the Moon
  • Bluegrass Pines
  • Keep Drivin
  • Light behind the Rain
  • Six Feet of Snow
  • Boogie



  • Carnival Time with horns
  • Gulf of Mexico with horns
  • High Country with horns
  • Doin my Time
  • Baby Please with horns
  • Two Highways with horns
  • Dixie Chicken with horns
  • Home Cookin with horns
  • Here Comes the Night with horns
  • Rag mama Rag with horns



  • Fire Line with Silas Herman on guitar
  • Ain’t Gonna work Tomorrow with Silas Herman on guitar


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