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Published: 2009/11/25

The Last Waltz Revisited

A number of musicians will share the stage tonight at Denver’s Cervantes as part of the 5th annual The Last Waltz Revisited. According to the jam’s organizers, “Back in 2005, Denver’s number one ‘jamband,’ Polytoxic, wanted to put on a show that could showcase all the great local musicians they had been playing with for the past few years. They decided to re-enact The Band’s The Last Waltz, a concert film by Martin Scorsese from 1978 of The Band’s last performance that included all of that era’s greatest musicians – Eric Clapton, Dr John, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, etc. Polytoxic’s show was held at Dulcinea’s in Denver’s Capitol Hill area on May 25, 2005, and they planned on it being a fun little show that would garner a little bit of interest. It sold out in minutes, surprising band and fans alike, and became the biggest show they had ever thrown. So big, in fact, they decided to do it again in 2005, this time on the night before Thanksgiving at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom.”

The fifth annual The Last Waltz revisited will bring together 40 musicians primarily from the Colorado area, including a full horn section. The ensemble will run through 30 songs from The Band’s repertoire, with a special focus on tunes played at The Last Waltz. Buck Perigo will open a night with a take on another Thanksgiving staple, Alice Guthrie’s entire “Alice’s Restaurant”.

A discounted ticket option is available for fans who bring a canned food donation to the show.

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