Last night, jamgrass act Greensky Bluegrass kicked off what is expected to be another busy year with a performance at the Ogden Theatre in Denver. The band returns to the venue on Friday and Saturday nights. In addition, Greensky Bluegrass also issued a “Save The Date” announcement for their first ever “Camp Greensky” festival.
Greensky began the tour and last night’s show with “33443” ahead of “Kerosene” and “Handguns.” Next up were covers of The Stanley Brothers’ “Pig In A Pen” and “Dustbowl Overtures” by Joshua Davis. The highlight of the opening set was a 19-minute “Broke Mountain Breakdown” that featured a funk jam before GSBG transitioned into “In Control.” Greensky closed the frame with their debut rendition of “Bone Digger” by friend and collaborator Cris Jacobs.
Thursday night’s second set saw the Michigan-based band open with a run of “Better Off” > “Broken Highways” > “Light Up Or Leave Me Alone.” Greensky jammed the Traffic cover for over 15 minutes and worked in a portion of Lionel Richie’s “Dancing On The Ceiling” and their usual riffing on “Tweezer Reprise” by Phish. Later in the set, the five-piece dusted off “What Happed To Jim” for the first time in over six months and the mashup of their own “Leap Year” and Railroad Earth’s “Head” for the first time since they debuted the mashup with RRE and Johnny Grubb back in September. For the encore, GSBG said farewell with a version of “White Freight Liner Blues” that featured hints of “Head.”
As mentioned, Greensky Bluegrass today revealed they will host and headline Camp Greensky in Michigan between May 30 – June 2. Stay tuned for more details.
Setlist (via PT GSBG/Camp Greensky)
Set One: 33443, Kerosene, Handguns, Pig in a Pen, Dustbowl Overture, More of Me> Demons, Broke Mountain Breakdown> Funk Jam> In Control, Bone Digger1
Set Two: Better Off> Broken Highways> Light Up or Leave Me Alone> Dancing on the Ceiling> Light Up or Leave Me Alone, Reverend, Blood Sucking F(r)iends, A Letter to Seymour, What Happened to Jim?, Leap Year> Head> Leap Year
Encore: White Freight Liner Blues
1 – First time played