Phish Join Jam Band Elite at Colorado's Fourmile Canyon Revival Benefit
It's no wonder why Colorado is generally known for its live music. When that Rocky Mountain wind howls, as it did Saturday night in the parking lot of the Fourmile Canyon Revival Benefit at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo., you want nothing more than to be inside, wrapped up in warm acoustics sipping a local microbrew.
But this Rocky Mountain wind was also responsible for bringing together the evening's jam band elite -- the String Cheese Incident, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon and members of Phish standing in with various acts -- for a six-and-a-half-hour jam session.
Last month's Fourmile Canyon Fire was the most destructive in Colorado history, incinerating approximately 169 homes in the foothills directly above Boulder, Colo., an outdoor utopia that thrives on its surrounding pristine scenery. Fourmile Canyon, home to friends and family of many of the bands on the benefit's bill, was left looking like a desolate war zone. While the Rocky Mountain wind was heavily responsible for fueling the fire across 6,100 acres of brush, it also shifted at the last minute sparing the town of Gold Hill, an area that revered songwriter Stephen Stills even once called home. Music's ties to the area are undoubtable, with many of the folk and jam bands playing the benefit also referencing the area in their songs and lyrics.
Boulder-based Leftover Salmon would play their nod to the town, 'Gold Hill Line,' during their set, which kicked off the evening early, sharply at 6PM. For a band who went on hiatus in 2004 after losing their banjo player Mark Vann to cancer, Leftover Salmon set a high standard for the rest of their evening