Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Holly Bowling, Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman At Red Rocks
Watch JHa and Natalie join 6reensky to debut a Paul Simon classic and more.
Greensky Bluegrass continued their Colorado run on Friday by kicking off a two-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The band performed in their 6reensky format with keyboardist Holly Bowling on board for the entire show and also welcomed opener Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman to help close out the evening with the debut of a Paul Simon classic.
6reensky started off night one at Red Rocks with “Grow Together” from their 2022 album Stress Dreams. The sextet stretched out a bit on the opener, clocking in at around 10 minutes with Bowling adding some piano and orgran stylings to the tune. Next, guitarist Dave Bruzza led the band through Jimmy Martin’s “Hit Parade Of Love.”
6reensky then returned to Stress Dreams with “Give A Shit.” Following a crunchy electric piano solo from Bowling, the band paused to sing “Happy Birthday” to photographer Dylan Langille. “We love you Dylan,” mandolinist Paul Hoffman said before the sextet finished up “Give A Shit.” The band’s cover of frequent collaborator Cris Jacobs’ “Bone Digger” followed ahead of the GSBG staple “Jaywalking.” 6reensky then embarked on seamless set-closing sequence beginning with originals “Windshield,” “Lose My Way” and “Reasons To Stay” before capping off the first frame with their classic cover of Pink Floyd’s “Time” complete with a “Breathe Reprise.”
A big pairing of “Worry For You” and “Don’t Lie” launched the second set. “Worry For You” saw a vibey jam with more electric piano from Bowling that soon ramped up with an overdriven dobro solo from Anders Beck leading into a nearly 15-minute “Don’t Lie.” Another pairing of “Wish I Didn’t Know” and Bruzza’s Stress Dreams cut “New & Improved” followed.
6reesky then welcomed Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet and Natalie Cressman on trombone who added a jazzy flavor to “I’d Probably Kill You.” JHa and Natalie stayed on for a massive excursion on “Leap Year” that saw solos all around before Cressman sang in Spanish on Ana Tijoux’s “1977.” Cressman performed the song with Greensky at Strings & Sol in 2019 and has also helmed the tune with Trey Anastasio Band. The collab then surged back into “Leap Year,” capped off with a fiery dobro segment from Beck ahead of the song and set’s conclusion.
Hartswick and Cressman came back out with 6reensky for the encore, adding trumpet and trombone to “What You Need,” which also saw JHa and Phoff teaming up on vocals. Hartswick and Cressman then helped out on the GSBG debut of Paul Simon’s “Late In The Evening,” a song with an iconic horn segment.
Find fan-shot video of “Late In The Evening” and “I’d Probably Kill You” as well as full-show audio via Don Olker below:
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Setlist (via Phantasy Tour)
Set One Grow Together, Hit Parade of Love, Give a Shit, Bone Digger, Jaywalking, Windshield > Lose My Way > Reasons to Stay > Time > Breathe Reprise
Set Two: Worry for You > Don’t Lie, Wish I Didn’t Know > New & Improved, I’d Probably Kill You, Leap Year > 1977 > Leap Year
Encore: What You Need, Late in the Evening
- w/ Holly Bowling #6reensky
-  w/ Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet), Natalie Cressman (trombone)
-  w/ Natalie Cressman (vocals)
-  W/ Jennifer Hartswick (vocals)
-  first time played