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