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Monday, March 19, 2018

Wyclef Jean & Culture Crew 3.14.18

Summit Music Hall
Denver, CO

Words & photos by Charla Harvey

Wednesday night was a lively dance party at Summit Music Hall. Culture Crew started off the night. They are an acoustic soul pop band who emphasizes unity and UBUNTU – I am because you are. Sam Schultz is a singer/songwriter from Southern California. Aaron Watene is also a singer/songwriter, and he used to write songs for the Nickelodeon children’s show “Yo Gabba Gabba.” He also was in the Jets in the '80s. Their band consisted of multiple singers, a bass player, a drummer, a keyboardist, and a bongo player! They sang some of their own music, but they performed mostly covers. They played a lot of Bob Marley songs, their biggest influence, including “Three Little Birds.” They had the audience smiling and dancing because everyone knew the words to these songs!

Wyclef Jean came on after only fifteen minutes. Wyclef is known for his solo work, his band the Fugees, and writing songs for artists such as Santana and Shakira. Everyone was so excited! He announced that tonight was going to be a '90s dance party. Wyclef came out to the stage with a white, studded jacket. He definitely stood out, but he instantly took it off because he knew he was going to be dancing! He started out with “Ready or Not,” which is a pretty perfect song to start to. Wyclef is playing whether we are ready or not! Most people were ready.

After his first song, Wyclef explained his work in Haiti. He spent the past few years giving back to Haiti. He tried to become the president there! Then he explained his number one influence was Bob Marley, and he played “No Woman, No Cry.” After this, he thanked his mother for replacing the gun in his hands with a guitar when he was young. Then he played “911,” while singing and playing the electric guitar. He wowed the audience when he played the guitar behind his head, but he stole the show when he played the guitar with his mouth! Thank you to his mother, indeed!

Wyclef made sure the audience knew the reason he was going to play so many other peoples’ songs was because he actually wrote them! He played Santana’s “Maria, Maria,” after telling us he produced and co-wrote the song. He also made sure the crowd was dancing all night. He said, “If you’re not dancing, get out of the club!” He performed, “Sway,” and made sure everyone was swaying before going into a freestyle. He freestyled in English then in Spanish, and then when we thought he was done, he freestyled in French. Everyone was very impressed!

Wyclef introduced his new song “Sa Kap Fet.” “Sa Kap Fet” means “What’s Up?” in Creole. He told the audience this song was going to be the hit of this upcoming summer, and he told us he was going to make a music video right now. He said everyone needs to “Turn Up” when the chorus comes on. He sang the intro and then started the chorus, but he stopped the song because he said people weren’t dancing hard enough. He demonstrated the jumps he wanted to see, then started the song again. Wyclef’s personal photographer videotaped the audience for the music video. Wyclef called out a male in the audience because he said he liked his '90s style, and he said he needed to be in the video. The audience member got pulled up onto the stage over the barricade, and the photographer went back and forth from videotaping him and the audience. What an honor!

Throughout the show, Wyclef played electric guitar (with his hands and mouth!), bass, keyboard, bongos, drums, sang, rapped, freestyled, and even used the autotune microphone briefly. There is no shortage of talent in this man. He told the audience he could play every instrument that was on stage, but then he proved it. He talked about his deep influences from Jimi Hendrix, and then he played his song “Hendrix.” He jumped into the audience and sang the entire song. Everyone was so happy! Afterwards, he explained that people assume he doesn’t know Kurt Cobain, but he emphasized the impact Kurt Cobain had on him, and he sang “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

For the encore, he brought up Culture Crew again and they played four covers. When there was three minutes left in the show, Wyclef wanted to end the '90s dance party right. He had the audience jump around to “Jump Around” and thanked everyone for the night. Wyclef has a lot of confidence, and he backs it up with his wide array of talents, musical taste, and knowledge. The show was an absolute treat and so much fun, but it was obvious the audience never wanted it to end!



Setlist: Ready or Not, No Woman, No Cry (Bob Marley), 911, Gone ‘Til November, Maria, Maria (Santana, written by Wyclef), Fu-Gee-La (Fugees), Sway, Freestyle in English, Spanish, French, My Love is Your Love (Whitney Houston), Killing Me Softly (Fugees), Cuana La Maya, We Trying to Stay Alive, We Got the Funk, Sak Kap Fet, Hips Don’t Lie (Shakira, written by Wyclef), Freestyle, Sweetest Girl, Hendrix, Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana), Diallo

Encore (with Culture Crew): Redemption Song (Bob Marley), Rivers of Babylon, Turn Your Lights Down Low, Jump Around (House of Pain)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Leftover Salmon, Woodshed Red & Bonfire Dub 3.11.18 (Day Three)

Stanley Hotel
Estes Park, CO

Words by Kristin Zachman (Direct Attention)
Photos by Blake Barit (Direct Attention)

As I sit down in Boulder and look back on this past weekend, I can’t help but smile at the thought of all of the spectacular music and beautiful faces that overran the historic Stanley Hotel. Leftover Salmon brought out an excellent group of people, all ripe for connection through music. On the third and final day of the festivities, fans rolled out of bed to the crystal clear skies and view of Estes Park’s ridgeline, the best view all weekend. After overcoming the awesomeness of the landscape, fans advanced into the McGregor Ballroom to slam bloody marys and listen to the prolific Don Byron sit in with Sockeye, the jazz offshoot of Leftover Salmon’s rhythm section (Alwyn Robinson, Greg Garrison, and Erik Deutsch). Byron showed off his arsenal of clarinets and took the lead on the downtempo brunch performance. Byron is relatively new in the Denver Jazz scene, but revered as a giant of the contemporary jazz world, blending his classical training with avant-garde innovations. It was a feast for everyone to watch him maneuver through the set.

Once brunch came to a close, it was a couple of hours rest before the Colorado debut of Leftover Salmon’s living room set. In the meantime, patrons were invited to peruse the art of Scramble Campbell and Frenchy, two live painters with distinct styles. Scramble could be seen throughout the weekend’s variety of sets capturing the color, feel and movement of the productions. The setup of Salmon’s Living Room set was intimate and acoustic, complete with a lava lamp, photos of Flora Stanley, and even a record player for kicks. The unplugged show wasn't lacking in energy, an advantage of their bluegrass stylings. The spirit was so high that the crowd and the band knocked a painting off one of their easels. Despite Salmon’s early end time, the night shuffled right along with “late” night sets by Bonfire Dub, who kicked off the performance with some originals before diving into the crowd-pleasing best of The Doors. Closing out the weekend was yet another local Colorado band, Woodshed Red. Known for their genre-melding covers and strong musicianship, along with stellar songwriting, Woodshed Red capped off the weekend with an impressive set, even inviting Tenth Mountain Division’s Winston Heuga up to sit in for a couple of songs.

Leftover Salmon’s fourth year at the Stanley Hotel was a total success. The setting alone ignited the spirit of Salmon’s music, much of which could be considered love songs to Colorado’s mountains. Fans enjoyed over ten sets of stellar musicianship, some healthy competition in the Big Wheel Race, and delicious food and remarkable events over the course of the three-day event. A healthy blend of work and play made the weekend anything but dull, and fans are undoubtedly anticipating the announcement of next year's Salmon at the Stanley bash. For those on the left coast, Salmon will be coming through Ashland, Eugene and Portland, Oregon with Keller Williams next week (March 21, 22 and 23rd) topping off the tour in Seattle on March 24th. In the meantime, aficionados can pre-order Leftover Salmon's new album Something Higher at leftoversalmon.com, and catch the album release party on May 4th at Etown Hall in Boulder, or party down on Cinco de Mayo at Colorado's prized venue, Red Rocks Amphitheater.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Infamous Stringdusters & The Last Revel 3.10.18

Showbox Presents
Seattle, WA

Words by Erica Garvey
Photos by Chris Davis

Often bluegrass is categorized as folksy acoustic music, safe for a quiet night with the family out on the farm. And then a group like the Infamous Stringdusters comes along and reminds you that modern bluegrass is anything but that outdated perception, and attending a live show may require earplugs, goggles and steel-toed shoes.

Minneapolis natives The Last Revel kicked off the evening with a set that was impossibly vibrant from such an unassuming trio. With minimal production (and a wardrobe that was proactively Midwestern), the group built on traditional bluegrass with every sound they could think of among the three. When violinist Vincenzio Donatelle was not on bass, the lowest sounds were filled in by lead guitar and vocalist Lee Henke nonchalantly operating a kick drum. In turn, Henke and banjo player Ryan Acker switched instrumental roles from song to song. Henke added harmonica to his stringed instrument where appropriate. And everyone sang. The Last Revel is at least a seven piece band rolled into three mortal men.

The Showbox had become pretty full of heel-stomping fans by the time The Last Revel left the stage. The Showbox, situated near Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market, is a mid-century-ish understated deco ballroom, with elevated bar areas in the back corners of the room, built for dancing. If you’re over 5’ 5”, there is not a bad view in the house.

Fresh off their Laws of Gravity GRAMMY Awards win for Best Bluegrass Album, the Infamous Stringdusters were flying high from the moment they stepped onstage. It was their last show of their tour. More than a few people positioned in the front row had been on the road for multiple Stringdusters shows, and the divide between the stage and the dance floor felt like just an administrative detail. We knew we were all going to get down together.

Stringdusters created a perfect arc of energy over the course of the evening, starting strong with “Hobo Song” and “17 Cents,” each band member happily weaving around the stage. It seems like nearly every band member sings on nearly every song, and perhaps it is this ubiquitous attention to vocals (without eclipsing the instruments) that engages so many fans. The tune “This Ol’ Building” let out a bass line that delivered a bit of a classic rock feel, and employed some beautiful violin effects. The songs of the first set built all the way to a crowd-tickling cover of Phish’s “Possum,” and I am pleased to report that the floor did not break, though it was touch-and-go for a minute.

After a well-deserved set break, Stringdusters resumed the show with a few of their standards before quickly poking the (friendly) bear of a crowd with a lengthy tease of Phish’s “Bathtub Gin.” The band members moved around the stage and around each other more than most bands, and certainly more than any comparable bluegrass band. They were enjoying each other and they were enjoying the crowd. It was hard to tell who the actual “frontman” is, which is perfectly fine and quite admirable. Stringdusters were showing off the smooth, steady feel of their musicianship over a few more songs before they unleashed another rager in the form of a surprisingly danceable “Super Mario Brothers Theme,” which was immensely appreciated by attendees aged 30 to 45 (and was moderately confusing to everyone else).

The show closed with an appropriate end-of-tour blend of originals and classic covers. This night was a perfect ending to the Stringdusters’ GRAMMY victory lap. And next time I will be prepared with protective footwear.

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Set One: Hobo Song, 17 Cents, Sirens, Water Wagon, Echoes of Goodbye, This Ol’ Building, Get It While You Can > Gravity (with Terrapin tease), Possum

Set Two: Run To Heaven, It’ll Be Alright > Home of the Red Fox (with Bathtub Gin tease), Soul Searching, Hobo Blues > Super Mario Brothers Theme > Tennessee Jed > Back Home > Black Elk, Head Over Heels (with Psycho Killer tease), Dancing In The Street, I Run To You

Encore: Harvest Moon, Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Flaming Lips 3.9.18 (Photos)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Del & Dawg 3.2.18 (Photos)

Capitol Center For The Arts
Concord, NH

Photos by Drew Hines (Hinesight Imagery)

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Wintergrass 2.21 - 2.24.18 (Photos)

Hyatt Regency
Bellevue, WA

Photos by Chris Davis

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Leftover Salmon, Anders Osborne & New Orleans Suspects 3.10.18 (Day Two)

The Stanley Hotel
Estes Park, CO

Words by Kristin Zachman (Direct Attention)
Photos by Blake Barit (Direct Attention)

Attendees at Leftover Salmon’s bash at the Stanley Hotel woke up to sunny snow showers on the second day of the run. The first event was a relay race. For those who were brave enough, a course was laid out in front of the main hotel. The race was tight, but reigning champs the “Stanley Steamers” blew their competition out of the water for the third consecutive year. Once the champions had been named, guests at the Stanley anxiously waited for the day’s Mystery Matinee set. The static electricity throughout the grounds had people energized, and one could feel the anticipation around the special guest, Anders Osborne, the prolific folk blues guitarist from New Orleans. He started off the show by himself with his guitar and was later joined by Leftover Salmon. Osborne’s style brought a distinct flavor to the set, bringing out the blues in Salmon’s bluegrass. After a moment to catch our breath, patrons were invited into an intimate conversation featuring Vince Herman, Scramble Campbell and Joshua Timmermans recounting their relationship with the late Col Bruce Hampton. The talk took place in the Stanley’s Pinion Room, and walked through personal anecdotes, inspirations and memories of their friend.

Following the panel’s discussion, everyone donned their most elegant Mardi Gras Masquerade attire. Guests were happy to indulge the night’s theme and go all out with their costumes again. Photographer Joshua Timmermans set himself up in the lobby and took portraits of formally dressed concert-goers before they embarked back to the Concert Hall for two more sets of fine Colorado bluegrass. The night started on a slightly slower tempo than Friday, but continued to build in energy as special guests DJ Logic and Eddie Roberts helped round out the first set, and New Orleans Suspects joined in during the second. Once the band brought their night to a close, Salmon Heads were invited into the Billiards Room lounge again, this time featuring the best of George Carlin on the big screen. For the night owls, The New Orleans Suspects re-emerged in the McGregor Ballroom to top the night off. There was an air of satisfaction in the air as people retired to their rooms in anticipation of Sunday’s early start.

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Wonderlic, Ponder The Albatross & Freakeasy 3.5.18 (Photos)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Leftover Salmon, Gasoline Lollipops, Eddie Roberts & DJ Logic 3.9.18 (Day One)

The Stanley Hotel
Estes Park, CO

Words by Kristin Zachman (Direct Attention)
Photos by Blake Barit (Direct Attention)

It’s no secret that Leftover Salmon knows how to throw a party and they kicked off this weekend’s festivities at the Stanley Hotel in style. This marks Salmon’s fourth year doing this run at the Stanley Hotel, the infamously historic location that inspired Stephen King to pen The Shining. As if the breathtaking backdrop of Estes Park were not impressive enough, Salmon invited all of us to start the weekend off right with a cocktail hour in the McGregor Ballroom. Featured was the Stanley’s most excellent finger foods, complimentary beer from Breckenridge Brewing, and quality entertainment from a fellow Boulder-based band, the Gasoline Lollipops. On top of all that, Salmon employed two stellar face painters, conjuring ghoulish makeups in line with the Horror Night theme. The gathering became a sea of ghosts, werewolves, Freddie Kreugers, creepy clowns, and Wednesday Adams as concert-goers embraced the request to embody their favorite horror characters.

Around nine thirty, the band emerged in costumed garb and dropped into a rowdy, foot-stomping party. The crowd was jumping for joy so intently that the ceiling in the basement of the Concert Hall seemed ready to explode, sending a frenzy of party people tumbling through the floor. After two sets of pure delight and an ode to the late, great Colonel Bruce Hampton, the fun was far from over. Once the show wrapped up, patrons were invited back into the main hotel to lounge on loveseats in the Billiard Room, and watch the Grateful Dead “Views from the Vault.” Eddie Roberts, Dj Logic and friends kept the party rolling in the McGregor ballroom until the wee hours of the morning with funky instrumentals and improvisation. As Eddie said, “If we’re going to have fun, it’s up to you!” And with that, the crowd danced to their heart's contentment before winding down and resting up for the next two days. Sure, there may have been a few ragers unhappy with the three a.m. close to the night, but lucky for them, Leftover Salmon has plenty more happiness in store.

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Set One: Hoodoo Bash, Mama Boulet, 99 Years, Voodoo Queen Marie, Out In The Woods, Demon In Disguise, Aquatic Hitchhiker (Sockeye) > Devil In Disguise > Aquatic Hitchhiker, Hey Joe

Set Two: Astral Traveler, Better, Reubens’s Train, Zombie Jamboree, Light Behind The Rain, Don’t Owe You A Thing, Get Me Out Of This City, Casino Nation. Who Stole My Monkey, You Don’t Know How It Feels

Encore: Lawyer’s Guns and Money, Let In A Little Light, Wake n Bake

Carlos Santana 3.3.18 (Photos)

Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Portland, OR

Photos by Jason Charme Photography

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Kyle Hollingsworth & Friends w/ Hot Buttered Rum 3.3.18 (Photos)