Leftover Salmon converts Gypsy Sally’s into an Acoustic Living Room

By Jason Herman / November 16, 2017
Leftover Salmon's stage setup at Gypsy Sally's
Leftover Salmon at Gypsy Sally's

Leftover Salmon, the legendary bluegrass band, performed to a sold out Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC on Sunday, November 12th. For the last quarter century, Leftover Salmon has delighted bluegrass fans across the United States, and the last time this region saw the band play was for the christening of the area's newest music pavilion - Chrysalis in Symphony Woods - in Columbia, MD alongside Greensky Bluegrass.

This past summer, the sextuplet announced a nine date “Acoustic Living Room Tour”. Not knowing what to expect, fans gathered at Gypsy Sally's, a 400 capacity venue, to see for themselves what Leftover Salmon's “Living Room” looked and sounded like. Attendees were greeted by a serene and homelike setting on the stage that evoked the imagery of how Norman Rockwell may have painted a traditional American living room prepared to greet several musicians, lava lamp and South Park figurine aside.

During the performance, Vince Herman (vocals, guitar), Drew Emmitt (vocals, mandolin), Andy Thorn (vocals, banjo), Erik Deutsch (keyboards), Alwyn Robinson (drums, vocals), and Greg Garrison (bass, vocals) lovingly played to a small and very enthusiastic crowd.  Leftover Salmons Throughout the evening the band interacted with those in attendance, casually talking with individual members, smiling and acknowledging familiar faces, and mentioning some of their beloved “brothers” and family members who were hidden in throng of LoSers (a nickname that some Left Over Salmon fans use to identify themselves). 

The evening was filled with subtle and personal interactions with the audience that are not possible at other performances. As Herman walked off stage at set break, he took a handful of chocolates set aside in a candy dish on one of the many homely side tables and tossed them into the standing room-only dance floor for the audience members to enjoy. By the time the evening wound down - and even after an encore - ardent and passionate fans pleaded for “One more song!” Herman, ever aware of performing in the Nation's Capitol, acquiesced, sat back in his chair and responded, “As long as you are all registered to vote, I'm glad to do another song.”

This may have been their first “Acoustic Living Room Tour”, but we certainly hope it is not their last.

Leftover Salmon, the legendary bluegrass band, performed to a sold out Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC on Sunday, November 12th. For the last quarter century, Leftover Salmon has delighted bluegrass fans across the United States, and the last time this region saw the band play was for the christening of the area's newest music pavilion - Chrysalis in Symphony Woods - in Columbia, MD alongside Greensky Bluegrass.


This past summer, the sextuplet announced a nine date “Acoustic Living Room Tour”. Not knowing what to expect, fans gathered at Gypsy Sally's, a 400 capacity venue, to see for themselves what Leftover Salmon's “Living Room” looked and sounded like. Attendees were greeted by a serene and homelike setting on the stage that evoked the imagery of how Norman Rockwell may have painted a traditional American living room prepared to greet several musicians, lava lamp and South Park figurine aside.


During the performance, Vince Herman (vocals, guitar), Drew Emmitt (vocals, mandolin), Andy Thorn (vocals, banjo), Erik Deutsch (keyboards), Alwyn Robinson (drums, vocals), and Greg Garrison (bass, vocals) lovingly played to a small and very enthusiastic crowd. Throughout the evening the band interacted with those in attendance, casually talking with individual members, smiling and acknowledging familiar faces, and mentioning some of their beloved “brothers” and family members who were hidden in throng of LoSers (a nickname that some Left Over Salmon fans use to identify themselves). 


The evening was filled with subtle and personal interactions with the audience that are not possible at other performances. As Herman walked off stage at set break, he took a handful of chocolates set aside in a candy dish on one of the many homely side tables and tossed them into the standing room-only dance floor for the audience members to enjoy. By the time the evening wound down - and even after an encore - ardent and passionate fans pleaded for “One more song!” Herman, ever aware of performing in the Nation's Capitol, acquiesced, sat back in his chair and responded, “As long as you are all registered to vote, I'm glad to do another song.”


This may have been their first “Acoustic Living Room Tour”, but we certainly hope it is not their last.


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Jason Herman

A 24x7 member and Photo Editor of DC Music Review. Jason has been passionate about music since his earliest days and is especially excited about the music scene around his adopted hometown, Washington DC. With over 35 Grateful Dead and 80+ Phish shows, and countless music festivals under his belt, you can find him at concerts around the country but especially in his adopted hometown of Washington, D.C. Before turning his lens to music, Jason followed professional cyclists around the U.S. Domestic Circuit to the tallest mountains in Europe.