Leftover Salmon feat. Andy Hall and Bill Payne 8.31.14
Words, Photos & Video By Nicholas Stock
Very few things will lure me out after a Phish show. I mean honestly what’s the point? Phish is the pinnacle; they are the peak of the mountain. So to go through the trouble of heading to another bar/venue to see another band seems like a bit much, unless that other band is Leftover Salmon. For the second consecutive year Leftover Salmon has announced an after-Phish show at Cervantes. This year they definitely waited until the last minute to let us know. There was a conspicuously blank spot on the calendar on Cervantes’ website following two days with Fishman’s side project, Touchpants. When they finally did announce, barely a week before the Dick’s run, it didn’t take long for word to spread. I made the easy decision to venture out after three nights of Phish.
Set One: Country Blues> Six Feet of Snow, Big Boss Man*, Cat Fever, Zydeco Boogaloo > Boilin Creek> When the Levee Breaks, Oh Atlanta**, Henry, Deep Ellum Blues*, Mercury Blues, Blister In The Sun, Danger Man, Rivers Risin’
Encore: Reuben’s Train
*w/ Andy Hall on Vocals
*w/ Mike Gordon on Bass (sans Garrison)
Leftover Salmon continues to deliver some of the best live performances happening in our scene today. They have finally found their groove with the somewhat recent additions of Payne on keys and Alwyn Robinson on drums. They are always open to collaboration, which was evident on Sunday night. Infamous Stringduster and dobro player, Andy Hall, emerged with the band and never left during the entire two hour affair. Their song selection was a great blend of classic Salmon as well as covers inspired by the guests. “Country Blues” built into a beautiful cacophony with Drew taking the first turn on vocals. Drew Emmitt’s honeyed voice is mesmerizing, as he effortlessly kills it every time he sings. The song gave way to a rendition of Little Feat’s “Six Feet of Snow.” From there Andy Hall got on the mic for a Pigpen-esque version of Jimmy Reed’s “Big Boss Man.” We were again treated to a Little Feat classic, this time “Cat Fever” with Payne tickling the ivory gracefully. After a delicious Cajun style jam on “Zydeco Boogaloo” the boys went into “Boilin Creek.” Drew again wowed the audience with a psychedelic-reggae interpretation of
I headed out and flagged a cab back to the campground at Dick’s. The cabbie was fairly confused informing me that, ‘the concert is over man.’ Not for me it’s not. Leftover Salmon put on a top-notch performance for all the weary Phish fans. Not to mention the noteworthy musical collaborations, which were the cornerstone of this show. Andy Hall was an awesome choice for a sit in that lasted the whole set. Payne might as well make it official and become a full-fledged member. He pretty much already is. As for Mike Gordon popping in, that was icing on the cake. A great big quadruple layer Salmon cake and it was delectable. I would not be surprised to see a late announcement of LoS at Cervantes around the same time next year.
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