At the end of last year, another bassist of great regard brought together a band of talent to Terrapin Crossroads to perform tunes that, to many, are the epitome of Sunday music. On December 10th, 2017, TXR hosted Reed Mathis and a limited-time group of musicians for a special brunch tribute to iconic songstress Joni Mitchell. Performing two sets over three hours, Mathis, the mind behind Electric Beethoven and frequent Grateful Dead-member collaborator, traded chops with some of the area’s finest on pieces pulled from Mitchell’s extensive catalog.Terrapin Crossroads has certainly established itself as a staple for great live music in the North Bay. Hosting a multitude of talent, whether on the large stage of the Grate Room, the outdoor waterside stage, or the intimate bar stage in the center of the restaurant, this venue offers up music nearly every day of the week, and the musicians who perform here are as tasty as the food and drink. Fans have come to realize that high-caliber players often show up to sit in or play in these informal surroundings, including the venue’s proprietor Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Peter Rowan, and Barry Sless, to name a few. For locals, the special treat of being within feet of this talent while eating a great meal makes the experience all the better. Although most shows fall during happy hour or later, Sundays at Terrapin offer brunch shows that provide fans a great musical closer to the weekend while they enjoy coffee, benedicts, friends, and jams.Sharing the stage on Sunday, 12/10/17 was the talented Jeanette Ferber on vocals, who would have moved Mitchell herself. Handling the keys was East coast transplant Jordan Feinstein, the founder of Jordan and The Ritual. The Ritual are considered one of the area’s most original formations, consisting of a cycling cast of who’s who in the local scene. Taking on the skins was long-time drummer Pete Lavezzoli, who is the touring rhythm for Melvin Seals & JGB. Finally, Electric Beethoven’s axe-man, Clay Welch, bestowed his soulful touch throughout the set, alternating between slide and finger picking, handling the intricacies like a pro.Although one might expect female vocals throughout the sets, all whom graced the stage, with the exception of Welch, contributed either alone or in duet to a number of tunes, reinforcing the talent of these individuals in both instrumentation and voice. Though the talent and music of Joni Mitchell are currently absent in the live setting, seeing these folks choose to pay tribute to her with the deepest of regards was a moving experience–a reminder that her contributions continue to influence people over many generations and that her music and words will forever have a place in humanity.Watch Jeannette Ferber lead the band in a rendition of Mitchell’s “A Case of You” from the brunch performance below, courtesy of YouTube user Cory Ferber:If you missed the opportunity to hear great takes on these classics in December and are looking for some soul food to satisfy both the ears and the body, the group is conducting an encore performance tomorrow, Sunday, January 7th at Terrapin Crossroads.Below, you can view a gallery of photos from the 12/10/17 performance courtesy of photographer Jake Cudek: Joni Mitchell Brunch (Reed Mathis, Jeanette Ferber, Jordan Feinstein, Pete Lavezzoli, Clay Welch) | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | Photos: Jake Cudek Load remaining images
Load remaining images Photo: Fat Guerilla Productions Load remaining images Photo: Nicholas Stock Night 2 For their second night at The Aggie, Leftover Salmon invited Niwot’s The Jauntee to Fort Collins to warm up the crowd. It would be easy to lump them into the progressive rock category, however, this misses the mark. This is a multi-genre jam band that is ridiculously fun. Each song was a new adventure; they opened up with “Before The Storm”. Funk, Americana, rock and roll were all on the table as The Jauntee took the audience on a ride for an hour. The bubbly “Renaissance Man” featured the funky bass of John Loland and the straightforward vocals of Tyler Adams. Ultimately guitarist Caton Sollenberger stole the show with his intricate riffs and relentless solos. “Old Thompson” was a highly composed tune with countless twists and turns. The Jauntee is the type of band you randomly come across at a festival and then never forget.Setlist: The Jauntee | Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO | 2/3/2018Set 1: Before the Storm, Know it All > For the Birds, Renaissance Man -> Fear, Valley Girl, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere> Old ThompsonLeftover Salmon returned to the Aggie stage for one more night of rambunctious rowdiness and tight tunes. Vince danced his way through “Better” to start the set. Salmon went deep and dark on night two with huge versions of “Breakin Through” and the Vince-sung “Danger Man.” The “Pasta On The Mountain” was a huge high point with a version of The Eagles’ “Hotel California” sung to the tune of “Rocky Top” into the Grateful Dead’s “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” smack dab in the middle. They brought back the “Pasta” to end the first set.The “Zombie Jamboree” got fans dancing early during the second set. Vince invited his son, Silas Herman (Gipsy Moon), to lend his strings to the mix on “Unplug That Telephone.” He stayed up for the “Sockeye” jam as well. Andy again took a turn on the mic for “Light Behind The Rain.” They closed with a huge version of Lou Reed’s “Rock and Roll.” The encore again took on monumental proportions with Rag’n Bone Man’s “Rueben’s Train” setting the stage for a huge jam that included Iron Butterfly’s “In A Gadda Da Vida” as well as The Beatles’ “Come Together.”Setlist: Leftover Salmon | Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO | 2/3/2018Set One: Better, Gold Hill Line, Here Comes The Night, Flight Of The Durbin> Breakin’ Through, Higher Ground, Danger Man, Pasta On The Mountain> Hotel Rocky Top> Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad> Pasta On The MountainSet Two: All Night Ride, Zombie Jamboree, The Other Side, Winter’s Gone Today, Out In The Woods, Unplug That Telephone*> (Sockeye)*> Light Behind The Rain, Unpromised Land, Rock and RollEncore: Reubens’ Train> Hot Corn, Cold Corn> Reubens’ Train> In A Gadda Da Vida> Come Together> Crossroads> Reubens’ Train* with Silas Herman on guitar[Audio: Eric Wilkens]Leftover Salmon, and in particular Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt are the godfathers of jamgrass. They represent all that is good in the music world of Colorado. They are singlehandedly responsible for inspiring generations of jammers and bluegrass fans. And they are still at it today. With a slew of tour dates including their upcoming stay at The Stanley Hotel and a slot at Summer Camp Music Festival, Leftover Salmon shows no signs of slowing down. Next time they are heading through your town don’t hesitate, just go.You can check out a collection of photos from Leftover Salmon’s recent show in Fort Collins below, courtesy of the author, Nicholas Stock.Leftover Salmon | Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO | 2/2/2018 | Photo: Nicholas Stock Over the weekend, Leftover Salmon splashed down for two nights in The Choice City with a bucketload of buttery jams and assorted shenanigans. For the group’s two-night run at Fort Collins, Colorado’s Aggie Theatre, the band invited newcomers Woodshed Red to open the show on Friday and The Jauntee to take those honors on Saturday. Leftover Salmon is a band anew; what began as an injection of youth from banjoist Andy Thorn has continued with the addition of Alwyn Robinson on drums and now Erik Deutsch on keys. Objectively, Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt are the old guys, but their picking skills are still second to none.Night 1Night one began with Colorado Springs’ Woodshed Red. This four-piece is just a good time. Their style of dance-fueled jam grass was an excellent start to the night. With the release of their first album Rosin On the Bow in 2014, Woodshed Red has been garnering new fans up and down the Front Range ever since. This is Colorado music at its finest. They opened up with “I Never.” Originals like the snappy instrumental “Pink Pants” blended beautifully with a grass cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On.” Woodshed Red is definitely a band to keep your eye on if you dig solid musicianship and strong songwriting. The cherry on top was a stringed out version of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire.”Setlist: Woodshed Red | Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO | 2/2/2018Set One: I Never, Pink Pants, Wreckin Machine, Ramble On, Real Mother For Ya, I’m On Fire, Carry On, $$$$$Leftover Salmon shows are chocked full of musical prowess and their two nights in Fort Collins were no exception. With a new album Something Higher set for release in early May, Salmon has a slew of fresh material which made it’s way into the set lists both nights.This was some fresh Salmon mixed nicely with all the classics fans have come to love. The highlight of the first set was an unbelievable version of The Grateful Dead’s “U.S. Blues”, which segued tightly into Afroman’s “Because I Got High” before returning to the Dead favorite. They kept that vibe going with “Deep Elum Blues” before Drew Emmitt took the vocals on an Earth-shaking “Down In The Hollow.” They ended their first of four set with a bouncy “Sing Up To the Moon.”Salmon’s second set of night one featured some stellar banjo work from Andy Thorn, particularly on “Gulf Mexico.” The band unexpectedly broke into an instrumental version of Phil Collins’ “That’s All” righter after “Bird Call.” Drew again demonstrated his robust vocals during a top-notch “Bend In The River.” The rest of the set was a massive jam with extensive transitions including everything from the Salmon classic “Jack London” to The Who’s new-wave throwdown “Eminence Front.” They closed it down with “Morning Sun.” The encore deserves another paragraph, but let’s just say it was worth the wait.Setlist: Leftover Salmon | Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO | 2/2/2018Set One: Mountain Top, Show Me Something Higher, Southern Bell, Colorado Evermore, Valley Of The Full Moon, US Blues> Cause I Got High> US Blues> Deep Elum Blues, Down In The Hollow, Rag Mama Rag, Sing Up To The MoonSet Two: Reach, Liza, Gulf Of Mexico, Bird Call, (Sockeye – That’s All), Bend In The River, Live It High> Takin’ Care Of Business> Honky Tonk Woman> Jack London> Live It High> Eminence Front> Morning SunEncore: New Speedway Boogie> Wake n Bake> New Speedway Boogie> Let In A Little Light[Audio: Eric Wilkens] Leftover Salmon | Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO | 2/3/2018 | Photo: Nicholas Stock
However, many other seniors find the academic burden is replaced by the weight of finding a job or applying to graduate school. Sullivan said her final semester would only be less stressful in terms of academics. Freshman Catherine O’Donnell said she wasn’t very worried about registering and she doesn’t believe she will encounter much trouble getting into the necessary classes. Many freshmen arranged for individual meetings with their advisors in the weeks leading up to registration. “I don’t know if we’re having trouble getting classes that we need to graduate,” Sullivan said. “But I know some people are having trouble getting the classes they wanted.” Registration can be a stressful experience for students of all years, but many freshman said they don’t have too many concerns. “There are more than enough classes I’m interested in, so if I don’t get my top choices I’ll be fine,” Kokotajlo said. “[My DART time] is on the second day, but it’s early in the morning, so I suppose that’s average.” Other students, however, decided to forgo taking the classes they wanted in order to save money. Choosing to become a part-time student for the final semester, such as Coldren did, saved seniors money on their tuition. Monday and Tuesday marked that last DART registration period for the Notre Dame’s Class of 2011. “How much time the applications take depends on where I could be traveling. It might be twice a month but hopefully not that much,” Coldren said. “Most people though, apply between 14 and 16.” Coldren said she wished she could stay as a full-time student. “Part-time students pay by credit, and to be a part-time student, you need under 12 [credits]. I’ll be taking eight next semester,” she said. “I’m still technically a Notre Dame student, even though I’ll be taking less classes.” While the senior class DARTed for the final time, the freshman class just began to register on their own and many have found the registration process less confusing than they originally thought. “I think that the last semester for seniors is more laid back,” Coldren said. “There’s a lot less to do.” For Coldren, this academic time will be replaced by job and graduate university applications. Coldren said while taking her final pairs of classes and labs, she applied to 16 different schools. Senior Elaine Coldren said she did not face much competition for classes for her upper-level science classes. “I spoke with my advisor,” freshman Daniel Kokotajlo said. “We mostly talked about politics and my philosophy major.” “I mean, no one wants to end up with a bum schedule, but it should end up all right,” she said. “There are some [classes] that I need for major requirements, but they’re still the really big lecture classes.” “I like to learn so I would enjoy getting to take the extra elective classes,” she said. “But in terms of finances, it’s cheaper for my family if I’m part-time.” Some seniors worried about getting into the classes they needed in order to meet graduation requirements, while others looked for fun electives to fill their last semester at Notre Dame. The majority, though, did not find registering for requirements difficult. After one semester at Notre Dame, O’Donnell said she felt she was well-prepared to register for the Spring. “You have a better handle on classes,” she said. “Plus, you realize just how much you don’t want 8:30 classes.” Another senior, Caitlin Sullivan, said it was her desired classes, rather than the required classes, that were hard for her to get. In general, seniors reported feeling less stressed academically about their last semester.