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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