Jamgrass act Greensky Bluegrass have been long been a staple of festival lineups ranging from Telluride Bluegrass to Jam Cruise to Bonnaroo to Summer Camp to Strings & Sol and dozens more. In 2018, the quintet took some of the lessons learned from playing such events when creating their own festival, Camp Greensky, which returned in 2019 and was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. The next Camp Greensky is currently scheduled for June 3 – 5, 2021.
While the All Good Music Festival has been defunct since 2015, the memories live on. Greensky was among the acts who performed at All Good in 2012, which was held at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio. The band’s set took place on the final day of the event, Sunday, July 22. Greensky Bluegrass treated attendees to a set heavy on covers including Paul Simon’s “Gumboots” and The Stanley Brothers’ “How Mountain Girls Can Love.” Additionally, GSBG fit a powerful rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” within their own “Broke Mountain Breakdown.”
Greensky Bluegrass have been regulars at the Northwest String Summit dating back over a decade. The group played three sets at the 2016 installment of the event. Video of their set from July 16, 2016 can be viewed above. GSBG welcomed Leftover Salmon’s Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman and Andy Thorn in the middle of the performance for a cover of “Freeborn Man,” which included a bit of “Free Bird” within. Among other highlights were an expansive “Leap Year” and the pairing of “Take Cover” and “Living Over” that brought the set to a close.
On April 22, 2018, Greensky Bluegrass performed in the afternoon at Atlanta’s SweetWater 420 Fest in Centennial Olympic Park. Young guitarist Brandon “Taz” Niederauer was the event’s “artist-at-large” and Taz joined GSBG for a stellar rendition of The Allman Brothers Band classic “Midnight Rider” as part of his duties. Another highlight came soon after as the quintet fit a take on “Foxy Lady” within “Leap Year.”
Greensky Bluegrass made their Levitate Festival debut with a set on July 8, 2018 during the event held at Marshfield Fairgrounds in Marshfield, Massachusetts. The five-piece kicked off their performance with “The Four” and then presented a song sandwich featuring a cover of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” in the middle of “Run Or Die.” Massachusetts’ own Ryan Montbleau joined GSBG on vocals for “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Later in the day, the band welcomed Spafford guitarist Brian Moss to guest on their “Kerosene” closer.