Steve Berlin, Sugar Blue and More Join Leftover Salmon
Photo via Leftover Salmon’s Facebook page
Numerous guests joined Leftover Salmon during their three-night run at Denver, CO’s Bluebird Theater this weekend. Noted session musician and harmonica player Sugar Blue emerged first, joining Leftover Salmon near the end of their first set Thursday night for “Blues In A Bottle,” “Hold On” and “Oklahoma.” He also sat in with the group for their entire second set.
Sugar Blue returned the following night and sat in with Leftover Salmon during their first set for “Singin’ In The Blues.” He remained onstage as Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin emerged to play saxophone on “Dance On Yer Head,” “Little Red Rooster” and “Better.” Berlin produced Leftover Salmon’s 2012 comeback album Aquatic Hitchhiker. Both Sugar Blue and Berlin returned for Salmon’s entire second set, which notably included the band’s debut cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You” (Sugar Blue played on the original 1978 version of the Stones classic). Greensky Bluegrass guitarist Dave Bruzza also joined in the action at the end of Leftover Salmon’s second set for “Just When You Think It Can’t Get No Better Than This.”
Finally, Berlin returned for an encore appearance on Saturday night. He sat in for “Who Stole My Monkey,” “Tuna Pas Aller,” “Under The Falling Sky,” “Ain’t Gonna Work” and “Euphoria” at the end of Salmon’s first set and returned for the entirety of the ensemble’s second set.
Leftover Salmon will perform at Fort Collins, CO’s Aggie Theatre on April 11.
Here’s a look at Leftover Salmon’s BlueBird Theater setlists via the band’s Facebook page
Thursday, March 28, The Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
Set I: Voodoo Queen, Wild Bill Jones, Kentucky, Delta Queen, Bird Call, Georgie Lou, Tou Jour L’more, Blues In A Bottle*, Hold On*, Oklahoma*
Set II: (w/ Sugar Blue) Baby Please Come Home, Steam Powered Aeroplane, Lovin’ In My Baby Eyes, Rocky Road, Big Railroad Blues, Meet Me In The Morning, Jokester, When The Levee Breaks, Doin’ My Time
E: Keep Drivin’
*w/Sugar Blue on harmonica
Friday, March 29, Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
Set I: Sing Up To The Moon, Gold Hill Line, Aquatic Hitchhiker, The Other Side, Boo Boo, Singin’ In The Blues*, Dance On Yer Head*#, Little Red Rooster*#, Better*#
Set II: (with Sugar Blue and Steve Berlin) Ants, Gulf of Mexico, Home cooking**, Tangled Up In Blue, Light Behind The Rain, Miss You**, Walking Shoes, This Is The Time, Big Mamou, Just When You Think It Can’t Get No Better Than This##
E: Reuben’s Train > Whole Lotta Love
*w/ Sugar Blue on harmonica #w/ Steve Berlin on sax (Los Lobos) **live debut (V. Herman, Rolling Stones) ##w/ Dave Bruzza on guitar (Greensky Bluegrass)
Saturday, March 30, Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
Set One: Zombie, Muddy Water, I Don’t Know You, City, Mornin’ Sun, Woody Gutherie, Who Stole My Monkey*, Tuna Pas Aller*, Under The Falling Sky*, Ain’t Gonna Work*, Euphoria*
Set Two (with Steve Berlin): Here Comes The Night, Going ‘Round, Bend In The River, Shenandoah, Breakin’ Thru, Pasta On The Mountain > Stir It Up > D’yer Maker > (something) > Joe’s Garage, Hollerwood
E: Nobody’s Fault But Mine > Wake & Bake
*w/ Steve Berlin on sax (Los Lobos)