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The Fox Theatre is celebrating two decades as a music venue this weekend with a slew of local acts, plus the first band to ever perform there, The Funky Meters.

The Meters, a New Orleans powerhouse that features the legendary Art Neville, George Porter Jr., Brian Stoltz and Russell Batiste, were the first to have a paid gig at the Fox when it opened as a concert space in 1992, and they were the first to play in the line of anniversary shows.

Tonight will be the Ninja Bass Summit, with Ivy, Bobby C Sound TV and Psychonaut opening for Mr. Anonymous. On Saturday, Radio 1190’s Local Shakedown presents a group of small venue-dominating locals — Ramaya Soskin, Dechen Hawk, Wadirum and Widow’s Bane. Basically, the weekend promises to be a multi-genre parade of Boulder talent, a little something for everyone.

Capping the whole thing off on the eve of the anniversary, March 6, is Boulder’s own Leftover Salmon, who will perform both Tuesday and Wednesday.

For Leftover Salmon, a band two years older than the venue, the show will be a little bit like a homecoming. The band played at the Fox within the first month it opened, and since have played more than 60 times before the group took a break in 2005.

“It’s always a great time playing at the Fox,” mandolin, electric guitar and fiddle player Drew Emmitt said. “It’s one of the best-sounding venues of its size in the country. Everybody there is always really professional and we always get treated well. At one point we played there at least once a month, so it got to feel like our living room. It’s definitely kind of a big deal for us to come back.”

Leftover Salmon is due to release its first album in eight years this spring, so the group is planning to play some of the new music during Tuesday and Wednesday’s shows. Other than that, they’ll honor the Fox the best way they can — rocking.

“I’m sure it’s gonna be a throw down,” Emmitt said. “The Fox has definitely been a big part of our history, so we’re really excited to be a part of that celebration.”

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