In short this event was started by the local band Polytoxic in 2005. They wanted to host a show that highlighted local talent that they played with in there travels over the last few years. So they put on a event that re-enacted The Band's "The Last Waltz," a concert film by Martin Scorsese from 1978. It was The Band's last performance and they played with many famous names this night.
Below is the full history behind the event courtesy of the The Last Waltz Revisited Site. We will have a City2Snow ticket giveaway dropping soon, stay tuned #C2SFAM. Also catch The Last Waltz - Revisited event at the Boulder Theater on 11/18.
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Information Courtesy of The Last Waltz Revised Site HERE Below:
"Back in 2005, Denver’s award-winning 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. A friend of theirs gave them a DVD of The Band’s The Last Waltz for Christmas, and as they watched the movie, they realized that with the wealth of talent in the local music scene they could easily do a re-enactment of the movie. There were friends of theirs that even fit specific roles perfectly, and the show basically put itself together.
The show was held at Dulcinea’s 100th Monkey in Denver’s Capitol Hill area on May 25, 2005, and included 16 guest musicians with a four-piece horn section. 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 a second time in 2005 – this time on the night before Thanksgiving at Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom – and The Last Waltz Revisited was born.
The Last Waltz Revisited quickly became an annual tradition in Denver, growing larger every year. With its growth came bigger venues – five years at Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom, one year at the Gothic Theatre, and three years at the Ogden Theatre before moving to the Fillmore Auditorium in 2014. The show became a charity event in 2006, benefiting The Denver Rescue Mission, underscoring the Thanksgiving theme of the show by donating a portion of its proceeds and spearheading a drive for canned food and desired hygiene items. 2009 saw the addition of the Boulder Theater, and was also the first year to have Buck Perigo open the show with his spot-on rendition of Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant”.
This year marks the 12th Anniversary of The Last Waltz Revisited, and the 40th anniversary of the original concert in 1976. Boasting more than 50 musicians, a full horn section, and over 30 songs from The Band’s extensive catalog, The Last Waltz Revisited is an uplifting holiday celebration of herculean proportions. By featuring primarily local musicians from Colorado’s flourishing music scene, involving the Denver Rescue Mission, and receiving overwhelming support from the fans, this has become an important community event that helps kick off the holiday season off with a smile"
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