By Kara Wilbeck
Photo by Alexander Maso
When a college friend first played me Little Feat’s iconic live album “Waiting for Columbus,” my first thoughts were, “Cool, that was fun!” A couple days passed… then BAM! All I wanted was to listen to “Waiting for Columbus” over and over and over again. Considering that 10 years later it’s still one of my go-to albums, my surprise obsession seems to have been a lasting one. There is really only one other album that’s done that to me, and it’s Leftover Salmon’s “Bridges to Bert.” I went from zero to I-fucking-love-Leftover-Salmon-give-me-more in a matter of days.
So when Leftover Salmon recently announced the addition of Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne as a permanent member of the band (Payne had been sitting in with the band on an increasingly regular basis), you can imagine how beside myself with excitement I was – and am.
This Friday, Oct. 10 Leftover Salmon will hit the stage at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom, which (outdoor venues aside) is the perfect place to experience the band’s signature mix of bouncy, goofy, grassy, heartfelt and straight-up brain-bogglingly psychedelic music. If you’re already familiar with Leftover Salmon, you know that they are self-described as “polyethnic cajun slamgrass.” If you’ve never seen them before, get ready to find out why that is the only reasonable genre description for them.
Leftover Salmon will play at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland on Friday, October 10. Kyle Hollingsworth Band opens. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9. All ages.