Legendary jam band Leftover Salmon took Girdwood by storm to start off 2014 with two nights of bluegrass, jammin’ and all kinds of dancing that comes along with it. Their trip to Alaska started off with a visit to Girdwood’s live and local radio station KEUL 88.9 fm. The band walked in and jumped on the air to hype up the audience for their sold out shows with acoustic versions of “Liza” and “Powder Day”.
“We have a pair of tickets to give away” proclaimed Vince Herman, Leftover’s front man and founder, “and we’re going to give them away to the first person who comes down here with a mullet.” About five minutes later we had a winner stroll up to the front door of the radio station with one of the sweetest mullets anyone in the building had ever seen.
Many people may not know this but 1/3/14 was the 25th anniversary of Leftover Salmon’s first gig. Vince got on the mic and told the story about how he merged two bands together last minute in able to play a show in Colorado. In a random twist the first person who hired them for that fateful first show was John Byrne, owner/operator of Alyeska Resort and the Sitzmark Bar & Grill. “We’ve come full circle” claims Herman, “I owe many thanks to my good friend John for believing in us since the very beginning.”
All shows at the Sitzmark start at 10 p.m. and the first hour the crowd is steadily coming in and getting ready to party but not Friday night. Friday night saw almost every person with a ticket in the door and up against the stage by 10:45 highly anticipating the start of the show which made for great energy start to finish. Leftover Salmon hardly ever does covers but to close out their first set they performed “Tangled Up in Blue” with a 20 minute jam session in between verses which got every person in the Sitzmark dancing almost uncontrollably!
The Sitzmark will feature live music every weekend throughout the ski season with everything from live and local to acts touring nationally. National acts include Glossary, Mother Hips, Lucero, Michal Menert and Young Dubliners. More information can be found at www.thesitzmark.com