Review: Leftover Salmon, Infamous Stringduster, Assembly of Dust at Capitol Theatre

first_imgLeftover Salmon made their way east this past week, and made some local stops at Brooklyn Bowl for a show with Floodwood (ft. Al Schnier and Vinny Amico of moe.) and for a finger-picking good time at Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre the following night with Assembly of Dust and the Infamous Stringdusters. The Colorado quintet is in the middle of a pretty solid Fall tour, that will see them make stops all over the United States, including celebrating New Year’s in Seattle, WA and following that up with shows in both Alaska and Hawaii.Now, if you haven’t been to the Capitol Theatre yet, and you live within driving distance, or possibly taking a trip to the area, this is an absolute must for any music fan. The renovation of the venue is complete, with beautiful acoustics, state-of-the-art light, sound and video systems, and the recently finished Garcia’s bar (which has it’s own schedule of smaller shows on off-nights), The Cap is hands down one of the best venues in the Northeast.Opening the night was Assembly of Dust. It was cool to see locals Reid Genauer and co. do their thing at the majestic venue. With a setlist that included “Valhalla”, “All That I”, “Cluttered”, and “Man With a Plan”, it was a solid opening set that got the crowd going early on, and warmed everyone up for what would be a monster set from The Infamous Stringdusters.I have to be honest, I had never seen The Infamous Stringdusters before, but had heard only good things. And, man, did they impress. You could tell early on with the “Trav T>After Midnight” opener that this wasn’t your ordinary bluegrass band; these guys can jam. They are so in sync with one another, yet have no problem letting loose and getting experimental. Their cover of “Walking on the Moon” by The Police sounded so good with Jeremy Garrett‘s fiddle playing; it just added a whole other element to the song. And anytime a band has a stand-up bass, you have me hook, line, and sinker. Ending the set with “Hillbills” saw them go into one mind-bending jam before ending their set in fine, foot-stomping fashion. This is a band that has found a new spot on my playlist.Next up was the night’s headliner, Leftover Salmon. What Salmon does is hard to describe. They can jam some traditional style bluegrass on one song, then go swampy cajun on the next, follow that up with some rock n’ roll, and then mix all that together and throw you for a complete loop. The things Drew Emmitt can do on banjo is simply baffling, which was evident very early during the jam in “Bird Song” – it’s as if he is the Kirk Hammett of the banjo. He is just a lot of fun to watch.“Bird Call” was solid, as LoS brought out Andy Hall (from The Infamous Stringdusters) on dobro. It was great to watch Emmitt, Herman, Thorn, and Hall trade off solos throughout the song. Andy Thorn is another one that is truly gifted and has become an integral part of Leftover Salmon in a relatively short time; his youth is something that has brought an energy that was missing in the band for awhile.The highlight of the night, however, was when L0S played “Pasta on the Mountain“, per request of a fan that made a sign and wasn’t putting it down until the song was played. This old-school track from 1993′s Bridges to Bert, that Vince Herman wrote with Robert Hunter, is the epitome of what Salmon is about – which is just having a good ol’ time.With Andy Hall essentially playing the whole set with L0S, The Infamous Stringduster’s Chris Pandolfi joined the band for “Ain’t Gonna Work”, “Going Around the World”, and the closer “Blue Night”, lending his own skillful banjo playing to the festivities. Overall, the night was filled with shining moments that and some incredible musicianship; the fact that it was at the Capitol Theatre just added to the whole vibe of the night.Leftover Salmon Setlist – Capitol TheatreMama Boulet, Hollerwood, Bird Call*, Get Up & Go, Midnite Blues*, Danger Man*, Pasta On The Mountain*#, Highway Song*, Mornin’ Sun*, Walking Shoes*, Bend In The River*, Ain’t Gonna Work*@, Going Around The World*@, Blue Night*@* w/ Andy Hall from The Infamous Stringdusters on dobro# per a home made request [email protected] w/ Chris Pandolfi from The Infamous Stringdusters on banjoLeftover Salmon w/ Andy Hall “Bird Call”:The Infamous Stringduster – “Trav T>After Midnight”:The Infamous Stringdusters – “Hillbills”:All photos courtesy of Vernon Webb at Photography by Vernon Webb. For full galleries of Leftover Salmon and The Infamous Stringdusters, click here. For Assembly of Dust, click here.last_img

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