mqdefaultThe Sheridan Arts Foundation is proud to present an encore performance by Colorado jam band Leftover Salmon. The group plays the Sheridan Opera House on Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February, 27.

Leftover Salmon was formed by a lucky accident in 1989, arising from the flatirons and granite of the Front Range. A local band, the Salmon Heads, asked members of the Left Hand String Band to fill in some blanks in its lineup for a New Year’s Eve show at the Eldorado Cafe in Crested Butte. The end result of the mashup was a quintet that went on to pioneer its own genre: “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass,” a fluid, loose-limbed blend of bluegrass, Cajun, funk, Southern rock, boogie, Caribbean, Latin and jazz influences that is at once rootsy and daring.

“We knew we were doing something special. At that point in the early ’90s, it was the birth of the jam band movement, Phish was starting out, Widespread Panic was starting out, and they were a little ahead of us, obviously, but we were one of the first bands to get out there with bluegrass and just get on the road and try to make something happen without a record deal. We were just following in the footsteps of New Grass Revival, Hot Rize and Little Feat, but by doing that I think we inspired some other bands too,” said founder Drew Emmitt of the early years.

Through the course of its 20+ years as a band, Leftover Salmon has performed music with Telluride Bluegrass Festival legends: Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, David Grisman, Jerry Douglas, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan and Pete Wernick, plus The String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band.  The band itself is a Telluride fixture, fair to say one of the town’s “house bands.”

There are fewer than 40 tickets left for Leftover Salmon’s return concert.

Watch this video to see the group going at it.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $30 general admission floor or $35 reserved balcony. To purchase your tickets, visit or call 970-728-6363 ext. 5.

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