Dalton M Vaughan
On Friday November 16th the Holiday season in Colorado officially kicked off with the triumphant return of the Last Waltz Revisited. As the 14th annual event rolled into Boulder like a steam train, the anticipation for the fans raised everybody’s heart rate by a few pumps per minute.
To be sure, the 60-plus musicians felt the intense energy in the air. In 2005, the very first show sold out in minutes and had 16 guest musicians at Dulcinea’s 100th Monkey. In 2006 the concert became a charity event supporting the Denver Rescue Mission with canned foods collected at all the Colorado locations. We’ve come a long way baby!
Now this incredible gathering boasts over 60 musicians and 30 incredible songs from the catalog of the original Americana group “The Band.” Mix in a little Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton; a splash of Joni Mitchell, Doctor John and Neil Diamond; add a pinch of Neil Young with Van Morrison and the musical holiday stew is ready!
When the very first note of “Up On Cripple Creek” floated into the balcony, everybody felt this was going to be truly magical. A few tunes in, Brother’s Keeper performed a very grounded version of “Like a Rolling Stone.”
This amazing sing-along rendition had people on their feet for sure! By the time the super-group got to highly anticipated “The Weight,” everyone in the crowd had goosebumps.The walls were shaking when Van Morrison’s song “Caravan” was belted out by Jessica Goodkin, and one could observe many musicians at stage left giving each other hugs and high fives.
The music train kept rolling North and on November 23rd landed in Fort Collins. The magic was reignited by the fresh faces in Fort Collins at Washington’s to a sold out show. The crowd was treated to a tearful and soulful rendition of “I Shall Be Released” at the end of the evening. The Fort Collins local guitar hero Cary Morin was all smiles as he looked back and reflected his long successful career in the Choice City.
For more information please see http://www.lastwaltzrevisited.com