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Leftover Salmon served up hot in Vail on Dec. 12

Charlie Owencowen@vaildaily.comVail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyLeftover Salmon broke up on New Years Day in 2005 and while they havent officially reformed as a band, reunion shows like Friday night's Snow Daze show keep the fans happy.

VAIL, Colorado The 2005 breakup of Leftover Salmon may not have been bigger news than the 2004 breakup of Phish, but for fans of the Boulder jam band, it still hurt.It was definitely sad, said Edwards resident Chris Davis, a Leftover Salmon fan since the mid-90s. Since Leftover Salmon came together in 1989 under the leadership of Vince Herman (formerly of The Salmonheads), and Drew Emmitt and Mark Vann (formerly of the Left Hand String Band), its left a large impression on Americas jam-band scene. The members quickly became known for their versatile playing, which included a combination of bluegrass, jazz, funk, rock, Cajun and Caribbean music with a live show that continuously drew large crowds. Its that diverse style that Davis was drawn to.You name the genre their diversity in their genres is amazing, Davis said.After a rough patch in the members personal lives, they disbanded on good terms after 15 years of success. Vann died of cancer in 2002 and the remaining members struggled under the pressure of touring so much. Since Leftover Salmon broke up, theyve played just over a dozen reunion shows. Friday night’s Snow Daze concert at Dobson Arena being one such concert.Salmon is just such a good party band. Its a good vibe, a good Friday night, said Jeff Brausch, president of Highline Sports & Entertainment. (They) havent played here in such a long time and they have such a good, solid Colorado following and theyre just a great, fun band.

Reunion shows like this have excited fans like Davis, who plans to attend Friday night’s concert.The energy level now at these reunion shows is way more intense, way more high-level than when they were doing … coast-to-coast touring, Davis said.Many of the members of Leftover Salmon are concentrating more time on their solo careers. Herman (guitar and vocals) started Great American Taxi, Emmitt (mandolin) started the Drew Emmitt Band and Noam Pikelny (banjo) is a member of Punch Brothers.Shawn McKeown, owner of Mojo music in Avon, said he saw Emmitt play Vails Hot Summer Nights concert series and Salmon keyboardist Bill McKay play a show in Edwards. For him, seeing was believing and he said hes planning on going to Friday nights show because of the energy he witnessed at the solo shows.Known for their live act, Davis isnt surprised at all that Leftover Salmon is just as good today as it was when he first took note of the band, he said.Ive seen them over 100 times and the energy and the dancing with the crowd is just incredible. I love to watch people that have never seen them live before. Some people dance and move and stuff but even if youre not paying attention, just the music makes you move. You can not not dance, Davis said.High Life writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 970-748-2939 or cowen@vaildaily.com.

What: Leftover Salmon with opening act Scotty Stoughtons Bonfire Dub.When: Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.Where: Dobson Arena in Vail.Cost: $35 for general admission, $125 for private reserve.More information: Call 970-476-6797 or visit http://www.vailsnowdaze.com.

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