Dance off those holiday pounds |

Dance off those holiday pounds

Daily Staff Writer

VAIL – After a bit of a hiatus, Leftover Salmon is back to play 8150 tonight.Leftover Salmon was born in Boulder in 1989 when bluegrass was just beginning a kind of revolution.

“Back then you couldn’t tour as a bluegrass band,” said Drew Emmitt, mandolin player. But Leftover Salmon helped lead the way in a burgeoning bluegrass and jam band scene though the 1990s to become one of the biggest acts in bluegrass and helped to create a scene that allows bluegrass bands to tour and make a living playing music. But the cost of making a living playing bluegrass is that bands, even the best of which get only minimal radio play, have to tour relentlessly to keep earning money and selling albums, Emmitt said.

Leftover Salmon’s decision to take a break after last New Year’s Eve date in New York came from the band’s banjo player, Noam Pikelny.”Rather than trying to find another full-time banjo player … we decided that it’s a good time to take a break,” Pikelny said.However, band members played and toured with other groups.

Emmitt, a founding member of Leftover Salmon, playes with his own Drew Emmitt Band. And founding guitarist Vince Herman toured with Rob Wasserman and Jim Page as a trio in October. Fans have waited long enough and there’s no doubt Leftover’s arrival tonight at 8150 will be warmly welcomed. Show starts at 10 p.m. For more information, log on to

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