Watch 5 Greensky Bluegrass Festival Sets

By Scott Bernstein Nov 3, 2020 11:41 am PST

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.

The JamBase Live Video Archive (JBLVA) features over 350 Greensky Bluegrass videos dating all the way back to 2008. Videos run the gamut from studio sessions to live performances and more, including, of course, festival sets.

This JamBase List compiles pro-shot video featuring five Greensky Bluegrass festival sets available on the JBLVA, each of which has been tagged with start times for ease of viewing. Let’s dig in:

Jam Cruise 9 (2011)

Jam Cruise hosted Greensky Bluegrass twice, as the band made their debut as part of the musical adventure of sea aboard Jam Cruise 9 in 2011 and returned for Jam Cruise 11 in 2013. The quintet’s theater set from Jam Cruise 9 can be viewed above and included a pair of special guests. Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins sat-in on a run of “Old Barns,” “Little Maggie” and “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.” Then, guitarist Steve Kimock added to a cover of Bruce Hornsby’s “King Of The Hill” to end the performance.


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Jam Cruise (See 13 videos)
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All Good Music Festival 2012

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.”


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Greensky Bluegrass (See 411 videos)

Northwest String Summit 2016

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.


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Greensky Bluegrass (See 411 videos)

SweetWater 420 Fest 2018

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.”


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Levitate Festival 2018

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.


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Levitate (See 31 videos)
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Head to the JamBase Live Video Archive for more Greensky Bluegrass videos. Check out the JamBase List collection for additional articles pointing out the best of what the JBLVA has to offer.

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