MUSIC BOX: Salmon-heads start swimming

By on February 26, 2013


Last February’s Leftover Salmon show was a sell-out, and one of the more raucous shows I’ve seen at the Pink Garter (sometimes the crowd was unfortunately as loud as the band). That aside, Boulder, Colorado’s favorite sons rocked the house with Cajun-loving jamgrass, painting a Rocky Mountain portrait that has long kept Jackson Hole within arms length.

Along with veterans Vince Hermann (vocals, guitar) and Drew Emmitt (vocals, mandolin, fiddle, guitarist), the current lineup includes Greg Garrison (bass, vocals), Andy Thorn (banjo), and Jose Martinez (drums). Leftover’s first album in eight years, Aquatic Hitchhiker, was recorded in Portland, Oregon last year and features tunes from four members. Hermann, being the hitchhiking type, named the album.

“I’ve hitchhiked all over the country,” Hermann told Times-Standard this month. “I didn’t own a car until I was twenty-three. I spent a lot of time hitching with a mandolin. They’re easy to carry and get you rides! I had some pretty good techniques, from little dances to downright pleading, but usually just standing there pickin’ worked well.”
This is Leftover’s last show of their winter tour. You know what that means … party time.
Leftover Salmon, 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pink Garter Theatre. Tickets are $25/advance, $28/day-of-show at The Rose, Pinky G’s or

‘Under the Tram’ and dreaming
If you’re not hanging out “Under the Tram” at some point during Wyoming’s approach to spring, you are straight-up missing out. Sunshine, live music, wacky ski wear, and an overall happy-to-be-alive vibe all comes together, and it’s the bands that provide the soundtrack.

Breckenridge, Colorado hip-hop/jazz/neo-soul quartet Salem will kick-off the six-week series. Salem has played at some of the biggest ski and snowboard events in North America (Winter X Games), and features drummer Todd Anders Johnson on drums and vocals.

A slew of Jackson Hole’s favorite cover bands will round out the schedule including Whiskey Mornin’, 86, Mandatory Air, Lazy Eyes, and for closing weekend – One Ton Pig.
Music Under the Tram Series featuring Salem, 3 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Free.

Club bangin’
JonH of Fort Knox Five (FK5) will bring funky electronic breakbeats back to the Garter stage, along with a set via Jackson’s own party rocker, Cut La Whut. FK5 and the Eighteenth Street lounge scene of Washington D.C. was influential in the uprising of mid-tempo club bangers and the swanky down-tempo lounge sounds of Thievery Corporation. FK5’s music was also featured on Fox TV show, “Fringe,” as well as over a dozen video games. Their knack for producing heavy-hitting records can even be experienced on remixes for Tito Puente, Louis Armstrong and Bob Marley.
JonH and Cut La Whut, 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Pink Garter Theatre. Tickets are $10 at The Rose or at the door.

Chanman Roots Band to
the west side
Bobbing your head to original ski bum music like “Ski When it’s Time to Ski” and “Skis Boots Polls” is winter culture you just can’t get elsewhere. Chanman Roots Band is a staple on the Jackson scene, but more of a rare occurrence on the west side of the Tetons. Propelled by the Celestial Horns – Rachel Gray Bundy (trumpet), Powell Miller (trumpet) and Jon Kidwell (trombone) – the nine-piece Chanman Roots Band gives genuine treatment to reggae classics from Marley and Tosh as well as contemporary asides via SOJA and Michael Franti. Check out their self-titled album at
Chanman Roots Band, 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Trap Bar at Grand Targhee. Free.

Photo cutline: Leftover Salmon brings Aquatic Hitchhiker
Photo credit: Courtesy Leftover Salmon

About Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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