97.3 KBCO & Anthony's Pizza Present



Fri Nov 17

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Boulder Theater

This event is 21 and over



The Last Waltz Revisited
The Last Waltz Revisited
Back in 2005, Denver's “number one jamband,” Polytoxic, wanted to put on a show that could showcase all the great local musicians they had been playing with for the past few years. They decided to re-enact The Band's "The Last Waltz," a concert film by Martin Scorsese of The Band's last performance that included all of that era's greatest musicians - Eric Clapton, Dr John, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, etc. The show was held at Dulcinea's in Denver's Capitol Hill area on May 25, 2005, and Polytoxic planned on it being a fun little show that would garner a little bit of interest. It sold out in minutes, surprising the band and fans alike, and became the biggest show they had ever thrown. So big, in fact, they decided to do it again in 2005, this time on the night before Thanksgiving at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom.

Polytoxic's "The Last Waltz - Revisited" immediately went from a "fun little" idea at a small venue to one of the biggest events of the year. It has become an annual tradition, playing to sold-out capacity crowds.

This year marks the 42nd Anniversary of the Last Waltz and the 14th anniversary of Polytoxic’s "Last Waltz – Revisited", and it boasts over 50 guest musicians from across Colorado, a full horn section, and over 30 songs from The Bands extensive catalog, focusing primarily on songs played at The Last Waltz. The concert has become a tradition for many of those involved in the show, as well as for many of the people that come out and see the show year after year. To celebrate the last 14 years, we have added special guests and additional songs from years past. In addition this year will be an evening with the Last Waltz - Revisited.
This year if our fans bring Canned Food Items for our affiliated charity, The Denver Rescue Mission, they receive a FREE Limited Edition Poster commemorating this year’s Last Waltz – Revisited (Poster artwork by Diana Azab – Publicist/Graphic Designer @ Cervantes’). As always we will be donating the food and a portion of proceeds to the Denver Rescue Mission.

So come out and enjoy this magical evening, our local musicians and our local sponsors, Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta, Boyer’s Coffee, YellowDog Printing & Graphics, All Stars Ink, KBCO and The Westword.
Polytoxic met in the mean streets of Denver, and fought and clawed our way to the bottom rung of the ladder, where we hang out to this day, scheming to take over the world. Fact is we'd rather be at the bar drinking, so we've combined our love for drinks and our passion for playing just as much as we have to to not pay for those drinks into a confusing and totally entertaining career.

We were once the Pied Piper of the Denver jam scene... "Every show could be our last", quips band frontman Tori Pater, conducting an interview from a beach-side veranda during one of his many recent vacations. "The truth is, we really just don't like each other. When we say Last Show Ever, we actually mean it. Well, at least until the next Last Show Ever."

CR Gruver, formerly a Denver resident but now living in New Orleans, is quick to point out the reason for continuing to play. "As perfect as New Orleans is, there is something about the freaks in Denver that we just can't get enough of", he says sipping his Cafe au Lait over a plate of beignets. Since moving to Nola, Gruver has the most annoying tendency to inject the words New Orleans into just about every sentence - or even worse, follow up with a "Yeah You Right", "Where Y'at" or, worst of all, "Who Dat". He continues, "We keep getting offered these great gigs, in front of a room full of spinning freaksters, and who would turn that down? Yeah You Right!". He also cites "tradition" as another reason they forego their mutual hatred for each other - "We've always done a reunion show around Thanksgiving, and we can't stop now, it has become bigger than us at this point." He hesitates, then adds "The truth is, we just can't afford NOT to play - so maybe it's not so much tradition as it is economic necessity. Where Y'at! Who Dat! Ya Heard!"
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Whether it's in front of thousands of festivarians, hundreds of friendly bar dancers, dozens of fellow pickers, or each other in the studio, Oakhurst leaves it all on the field. This quintet brings their stories to the stage in the form of pure energy and passion for acoustic music. With gifted percussion and a driving low end, the banjo, guitar, fiddle and vocals have all the space they need to tell you a story. Love, life, loss, and whiskey are likely to be the topic of the day- come on and jump in the get down for a spell.... The band spikes traditional bluegrass with rock & roll and a kamikaze rhythmic sensibility. That danceable concoction along with stringed shootouts, ringing harmonies, and citybilly swagger keeps the band in high demand. Oakhurst’s unpretentious, go-for-it interpretation of a genre that's roots are often handled reverently, sparks interest in bluegrass by folks who don’t know Doc Watson from Doc Holliday.
Oakhurst’s work ethic and road hardened sound has made them one of the most successful acts from Colorado earning them the chance to perform at legendary venues like the Fillmore and Red Rocks. Oakhurst has played multiple major festivals, 33 U.S. states and 13 countries across Europe and the Caribbean. The band's third album, Jump in the Get Down, received airplay on over 200 radio stations nationwide. The spins not only earned the quintet spots on the Americana, Bluegrass and Jamband charts, but an even larger national following. The most recent offering, Barrel (produced by Joe Pisapia), received acclaim and showcased their ever-evolving sound.
That hybridized, hard-to-categorize sound had Oakhurst nominated by Denver’s Westword Magazine for a 4 year run as the best band in different categories each year. Oakhurst captured the “Best Bluegrass Band” honor in 2007, against stiff competition, and continues to be recognized by Westword and others as one of the best Bluegrass bands in Colorado to this day.
Oakhurst’s broad appeal and nebulous style has earned them spots on stages with very diverse national talent: John Mayer, John Hiatt, The Flaming Lips, The Avett Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Brett Dennen, Emmylou Harris, Barenaked Ladies, Patti Griffin, Yard Dogs Roadshow, Béla Fleck, Gaelic Storm, G. Love, Umphrey’s McGee, The Radiators, Junior Brown, Lyle Lovett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Lang & Guster, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band, Devotchka, Rose Hill Drive, the Motet, Emmitt –Nershi Band, Great American Taxi and band mentor Pete Wernick, among other excellent musicians.
Venue Information:
Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO, 80302