Leftover Salmon and Sam Bush Band kicked off Mardi Gras season with a vengance, mid-week at The Fox, and then over the weekend at The Gothic in downtown Englewood. Sam Bush was truly the meat on this bluegrass sandwich, as Salmon opened up with an acoustic set, phollowed by a robust two hour set from Sam, with Salmon’s electric set closing. All in all a huge evening of music, from 9:00 pm until 2:00 am. Sam and his wicked guitar player, Jon Randall Stewart, played with Salmon for a number of third set songs. On both nights that I attended, Sam literally bowed to Drew’s Emmitt’s mastery of the slide mandolin–quite an honor coming from Sam Bush, but one I phully endorse.