Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Guests At Red Rocks


On Saturday Greensky Bluegrass continued a three-show Colorado run with their first of two nights headlining the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The jamgrass act welcomed a slew of guests during their two-set show that saw them team up with the likes of Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins, the members of the California Honeydrops and longtime friend Guido Batista.

The Michigan-based band got their night going by pairing “Past My Prime” with “Bone Digger.” From there the band would work their way through a selection of material from their own catalog. Midway through their opening frame, the five-piece act invited out their first guest as Guido Batista emerged to add vibraslap on the debut of the new original “What You Need.” The sit-ins continued next with vocalist Lindsay Mosier and Keith Kinnear lending a hand on “Burn Them” from 2014’s If Sorrows Swim. “Like Reflections” which was debuted earlier this year at Camp Greensky followed.

The collaborations continued as Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins was invited out to help close out the opening frame. With Cummins in tow, the augmented ensemble delivered the Handguns track “Jaywalking” and Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Love” which featured a jam on the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street.”

“Old Barns” and “Worried About The Weather” helped get the second set of the night off the ground. Lech Wierzynski and Johnny Bones from the night’s opening act the California Honeydrops took to the stage for “Who Is Frederico.” The rest of the R&B band emerged next as they teamed up on Greensky’s debut take Nappy Brown’s “Night Time Is The Right Time,” a tune that was also recorded by both Ray Charles and James Brown.

The back half of the stanza found the quartet working in a number of teases with The Simpsons’ theme making an appearance during “Take Cover” while “Freeborn Man” saw Greensky referencing Phish’s “Divided Sky,” “The Streets Of Cairo” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird.” With the Americana jam act bringing their night to a close with Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin’.”

Greensky Bluegrass returns to Red Rocks tonight with once again providing a webcast starting at 8 p.m. ET, which can be ordered here. Watch pro-shot video of the opener of each set courtesy of below:

[Past My Prime > Bone Digger]

[Old Barns]

Setlist (via Camp Greensky)

Set I: Past My Prime > Bone Digger, A Letter to Seymour, In Control > Can’t Stop Now (1), What You Need (2)(3), Burn Them (4), Like Reflections, Jaywalking (5) > Could You Be Love (5)(6)

Set II: Old Barns (7), Worried About The Weather, Who Is Frederico (8), Night Time Is The Right Time (9), Take Cover (10), Freeborn Man (11)(12)(13) > Freebird > The Four > Bottle Dry, Living Over

Encore: Gimme Some Lovin’

(1) – w/ Shout quotes, (2) – FTP, (3) – w/ Guido Batista (vibraslap), (4) – w/ Lindsay Mosier & Keith Kinnear (tambourine), (5) – w/ Joel Cummins, (6) – Shakedown Street tease, (7) – New Barns arrangement, (8) – w/ Lech Wierzynski & Johnny Bones, (9) – w/ California Honeydrops, (10) – Simpsons Theme tease, (11) – Divided Sky tease (12) – Streets of Cairo tease, (13) – Freebird tease

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