Full Shows Audio: Greensky Bluegrass Ends 2017 In Chicago & Announces Red Rocks 2018 Shows

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Michigan natives Greensky Bluegrass headed to The Windy City to end 2017 with three shows at The Riviera Theatre. GSBG’s promotional materials for the shows focused on hot dogs and it was soon clear why. In other news, the group detailed their 2018 visit to Red Rocks.

Billy Strings opened each night at The Riv for Greensky. On December 29, GSBG kicked off their first of two sets with “Hot Dogs (On Parade).” While Greensky only played the song three times in 2017 prior to the run, they performed at least a portion of “Hot Dogs (On Parade)” eight times between the 29th and 31st. Next up was a bevy of train songs in the form of “Stop That Train” > “Train Junkie” > “Reuben’s Train” > “Train Junkie.” Later in the first set of the run, GSBG busted out a cover of Wilco’s “Forget The Flowers” for its initial play since 2011. An interesting sequence ended the frame as Greensky fit Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” within “Worried About The Weather.”

GSBG began the second set on the 29th with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece.” Later, Billy Strings emerged to add to “Fixin’ To Ruin,” “Don’t You Let Your Deal Go Down” and “Lose My Way.” The closing stanza on opening night also featured beloved songs “Bring Out Your Dead,” “Don’t Lie” and “Windshield” ahead of a cover of Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing” as the encore.

On December 30, the five-piece opened with an impressive run of “Old Barns,” “Blood Sucking F(r)iends),” “All Four,” “Can’t Stop Now” and “In Control.” Billy Strings later emerged for “A Letter To Seymour” and a duet on “Hot Dogs” with Dave Bruzza. Strings stuck around for the set-closing rendition of Bruce Hornsby’s “King Of The Hill.”

Night Two’s second set was a jam and segue-heavy affair featuring two “Hot Dogs” excursions. Crew member Guido Batista played tambourine on “Burn Them,” while the set ended with an eye-popping “Jaywalking” > “Hot Dogs” > “Jaywalking” > “Exuberance” > “Kerosene.” For the encore, Campers were treated to a cover of Rayland Baxter’s “Yellow Eyes.”

GSGB’s New Year’s Eve concert saw the band kick off the evening with a “What’s Left Of The Night” > “Run Or Die” pairing. Fan-favorites “Room Without A Roof” and “Just To Lie” came next before the group led “Hold On” into “Miss September.” The fun “Fo Sho Uh Huh” was followed by the first of four New Year’s Eve versions of “Hot Dogs (On Parade).” All band members played acoustic guitars on the first one, while Paul Hoffman, Anders Beck and Michael Bont also utilized kazoos. Billy Strings, Linsdey Lou and Billy Failing then emerged for a cover of “Midnight Moonlight” ahead of “Leap Year.”

A cover of Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin'” was chosen as the opener for the final set of the run. GSBG then celebrated the start of 2018 with “Auld Lang Syne” within “Living Over.” A second “Hot Dogs” featured Paul on kazoo before Greensky ended the set with a standout sequence of “Tarpology” > “One Slip” > “Tarpology” > “Hot Dogs” > “Tarpology” > “One Slip” > “Tarpology.” The band and crew then handed out kazoos to the entire audience during the encore break. And yes, Greensky played “Hot Dogs (On Parade)” to start the encore ahead of another round of “Gimme Some Lovin’.”

Greensky Bluegrass continues to move up the Red Rocks ladder. In 2018, the band will play two nights at the iconic venue on September 22 and 23. The California Honeydrops open on the 22nd and Turkuaz kicks off the festivities on the 23rd. GSBG will also return to Denver’s Ogden on September 21. Three-Day Passes, which are the only way to gain entry to the Ogden, are on sale now here.

Setlists (via PT GSBG/Camp Greensky & Audio (Taped by Todd Moore)

December 29

Set One: Hot Dogs (On Parade), Stop that Train> Train Junkie> Reuben’s Train> Train Junkie, Merely Avoiding, Demons, Forget the Flowers, Worried About the Weather> Atlantic City> Worried About the Weather

Set Two: When I Paint My Masterpiece, Wheel Hoss, Fixin To Ruin1, Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down1, Lose My Way1, Before Bring Out Your Dead> Bring Out Your Dead, 200 Miles from Montana, Don’t Lie, Windshield

Encore: Money for Nothing

1 – w/ Billy Strings

December 30

Set One: Old Barns, Blood Sucking F(r)iends, All Four, Can’t Stop Now, In Control, A Letter to Seymour1, Hot Dogs (On Parade)2, King of the Hill1

Set Two: Wings for Wheels, Broke Mountain Breakdown> Hot Dogs (On Parade)> Take Cover> Coming In From the Cold (Bob Marley)> Take Cover, Burn Them3, White House Blues, Jaywalking> Hot Dogs (On Parade)> Jaywalking> Exuberance> Kerosene

Encore: Yellow Eyes

  • 1 – w/ Billy Strings (guitar & vocals)
  • 2 – Dave Bruzza & Billy Strings duet
  • 3 – W/ Guido Batista on tambourine

December 31

Set One: What’s Left of the Night> Run or Die, Room Without a Roof, Just to Lie, Hold On> Miss September, Fo Sho, Uh Huh, Hot Dogs (On Parade)1,2, Midnight Moonlight3, Leap Year

Set Two: Gimme Some Lovin, Living Over> Auld Lang Syne> Living Over, Steam Powered Aeroplane> Past My Prime, Handle With Care, The Four, Hot Dogs (On Parade)4, Tarpology> One Slip> Tarpology> Hot Dogs (On Parade)> Tarpology> One Slip> Tarpology

Encore: Hot Dogs (On Parade)5, Gimme Some Lovin

  • 1 – Paul, Bont, & Anders on Kazoo
  • 2 – All band members on acoustic guitars
  • 3 – w/ Lindsey Lou, Billy Strings, Billy Failing
  • 4 – Paul on Kazoo
  • 5 – Kazoos handed out to crowd at encore break
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