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 from 1978 of The Band's last performance that included all of that era's greatest musicians - Eric Clapton, Dr John, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, etc. Polytoxic’s 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 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 Cervante's Masterpiece Ballroom.
Polytoxic's "The Last Waltz Revisited" immediately went from a "fun little" idea at a small venue to their biggest event of the year. It has become an annual event, playing to capacity crowds. This year marks the 5th anniversary of their "Last Waltz Revisited", and it boasts over 40 guest musicians from the Colorado area (and a few from other cities), a full horn section, and over 30 songs from The Band’s extensive catalog, focusing primarily on songs played at The Last Waltz. It 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.
This year, the show has been added for the first time in Boulder, at the Boulder Theater. The plan is to bring in many Boulder-area musicians to participate, and start an annual tradition there as well, bringing the musical community together and giving something back to the community as a whole.
Polytoxic's "The Last Waltz Revisited" will be performed in Boulder at The Boulder Theater (2032 14th St, 303-786-7030), Friday November 20th. Doors are at 8pm and show starts at 9:30 with Buck Perigo performing Arlo Guthrie’s entire “Alice’s Restaurant”. Tickets are $15.00/advance, $18.50/day of show. For ticket info go to http://www.bouldertheater.com/boxoffice.php or call the theater.
Boulder Weekly presents
THE LAST WALTZ
Performed live by Polytoxic & special friends
Friday, November 20
doors 8:30pm, show 9:00pm
GA / Advance=$15.00, DOS=$18.50 / 21+
On sale now