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Leftover Salmon Featuring Bill Payne Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder at the end of 1989, the Colorado slamgrass pioneers took their form of aggressive bluegrass to rock and roll bars at a time when it wasn't so common, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jam grass genre. Today, Leftover Salmon is: Vince Herman (vocals, acoustic guitar, washboard); Drew Emmitt (vocals, acoustic and electric mandolin, electric guitar, fiddle); Andy Thorn (vocals, acoustic and electric banjo); Greg Garrison (vocals, acoustic and electric bass); Alwyn Robinson (drums). Though the lineup would change through the years, the foundation of Leftover Salmon was built on the relationship between co-founders Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman, and Mark Vann (electric banjo). Following a decade of constant growth and constant touring, on March 4, 2002, Mark Vann lost his battle with cancer. Mark Vann insisted that the band carry on and Leftover Salmon did just that! After several rotating banjo players including Matt Flinner, Scott Vestal, Tony Furtado, and Noam Pikelny, the band took a hiatus from touring at the end of 2004. If Leftover Salmon had never played another note after leaving the stage in 2005, the legacy would have been secure; the members names etched in the books of history. But in the summer of 2007, Leftover Salmon was ready to hit the road again. Soon after banjo phenom Andy Thorn was brought in to the group, a new album was recorded and released in 2012 (Aquatic Hitchhiker). NPRs Mountain Stage heralded Colorados Leftover Salmon as one of the most beloved acts on America's summer-festival circuit. This year Leftover Salmon released their 2004 self-titled album digitally for the first time; the album was produced by Bill Payne of Little Feat who has also been joining the band on keys for most of their shows in the recent months. Today, more than two decades after Salmon first took shape, the band has a new lease on an old agreement. Leftover Salmon is officially back. The time is right for this band to come back on a lot of levels says Emmitt. Its taken us a little while, but I think were finally there. www.leftoversalmon.com
Pickin' Porch Stage
An Evening with Bill Payne RME is very proud to present a very unique and intimate evening featuring Bill Payne and special guest Dennis McNally in the Redstone Room. Bill Payne is best known as co-founder (along with Lowell George) of the legendary American rock band Little Feat. Dennis McNally is a free-lance journalist and published author, who also served as publicist for The Grateful Dead from 1984-1995. The evening will include live performance on piano and keyboards from Bill Payne, as well as his photography being featured on the large screens in the Redstone Room. The artist will offer commentary on his music, his career with Little Feat and beyond, and commentary on his photography as well. Dennis McNally will offer stories from his days working as publicist with the Grateful Dead, and discussion of some of his written works. He will also serve as moderator for the question and answer segment at the evening"s conclusion. Doors will open for this special evening in the Redstone Room at 7 pm, and will begin with Dennis McNally"s program at 8 pm. Bill Payne"s performance and program follow at 9:00 pm. There will be a short intermission, followed by question and answer with the artist and audience to conclude the evening. This will be a seated show, and tickets are limited to the first 200 persons. Tickets are $22 for RME Members, and $25 for the general public.
"Celebrating the Songs of Townes Van Zandt" is a concert of TVZ songs performed by local and regional artists. This is a pass-the-basket show with a suggested donation of $10 but do not let a lack of funds keep you away. We want you there if you want to be there regardless of your financial situation! This promises to be a wonderfully memorable show.