Leftover Salmon Ring in the New Year at the CBC

KEEPIN’ IT FRESH: The Crystal Bay Casino will welcome Colorado music legends Leftover Salmon with three shows to close out 2021. Courtesy photo

Bid farewell to 2021 and welcome the New Year with a hefty helping of Leftover Salmon at the Crystal Bay Casino. Known for exhilarating live shows and musicianship as well as eclectic musical tastes, Leftover Salmon has been one of Colorado’s most beloved musical exports for three decades, picking up where groups like Little Feat, The Band, and The Grateful Dead left off. The legendary band will bring its bluegrass sound to the CBC for three nights to give 2021 a soundful sendoff.

Having returned to Nashville’s Compass Records label, Leftover Salmon are celebrating the release of its acclaimed new album, Brand New Good Old Days. Pioneers of “jamgrass,” the band incorporates roots, bluegrass, and Americana, among other genres, on its new album. RELIX magazine wrote of the band, “Leftover Salmon fall backward into a new era with a fitting pandemic release that still manages to capture both their prankster spirit and their musical brotherhood.”

Leftover Salmon have maintained a vibrant, relevant, and influential voice in the music world. Over time, its sound has grown and evolved while staying true to the roots and guiding spirit of the band’s founding members, Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman. The group has collaborated with everyone from the cream of American roots artists (1999’s groundbreaking Nashville Sessions) and indie oddballs Cracker to Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin. Through the death of a founding member and line-up changes, three decades in the group has managed to stay true to their fans and their sound.


Today, Leftover Salmon are still keeping it fresh with this latest album, which was released back in May. Along with the hopeful title track that celebrates living in the moment, the band delivers upbeat covers of songs like Conway Twitty’s “Boogie Grass Band,” Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” as a bluegrass tune, and John Hartford’s “Category Stomp.”

They’ll be joined at the Crystal Bay Casino, from Dec. 30 through Jan. 1 by Pimps of Joytime, who will get the party started with their funky sounds. General admission tickets are $35 and are available online. The show is open to guests 21 and older.

Info: Crystal Bay, NV 89402 (775) 833-6333 | $35 | crystalbaycasino.com


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