Review: Greensky Bluegrass at the Bluebird Theater, 2/8/12

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Nick Callaio
Greensky Bluegrass last night at the Bluebird Theater.


GREENSKY BLUEGRASS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 2/8/12

Greensky Bluegrass played two sets of organic, roots-oriented bluegrass for a packed Bluebird crowd. With more than a decade under its belt and about seven years of consistently touring, the Michigan-based bluegrass quintet has developed a solid fan base. And last night the guys made it clear that they came to play for those eager fans, who knew the words to each of the songs and often responded favorably to a tune they recognized within the first couple notes.

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Nick Callaio
Greensky Bluegrass last night at the Bluebird Theater.

The band's sets were traditional but far from boring: It was traditional in a sense that the outfit kept true to the grassroots nature of the genre, but it kept it from becoming boring by utilizing a variety of techniques with their playing throughout the evening. It's odd not having a drummer there to keep the rhythm, but guitarist David Bruzza did exceptionally well to replace that crucial element with the help of Mike Devol on the stand up base. Paul Hoffman on the mandolin, meanwhile, displayed admirable control and patience with the tiny instrument.

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Nick Callaio
Greensky Bluegrass last night at the Bluebird Theater.

The extended jams the band embarked on from time to time were smooth. The group took us on a spirited journey of pain and sorrow filled with cohesive solos and engaging chord progressions. What sets Greensky apart from the array of bluegrass bands on the scene is their virtuous use of effects on the guitar, mandolin and dobro. At times the band crossed over into jam territory, but the players took care not to get too tangental. Instead the players stayed most within the fine lines and played along side of the band, rather than showboating.


CRITICS NOTEBOOK

Personal Bias: Some of the first traditional bluegrass bands I have ever explored.

Random Note: The show was sold out and someone brought over free pizza from Fat Sully's during set break.

By The Way: They will be in Boulder tonight at the Fox Theatre and they are making 40+ stops on this current tour.


SETLIST

Greensky Bluegrass
Bluebird Theater - 2/8/12
Denver, CO

Set I
Into the Raftors
Groundhog
Wheel Hoss
J2L
King of the Hill
Grow Bananas
Cold Feet
Can't Stop Now
200 Miles from Montana
Demons
All Four

Set II
Pig in a Pen
Kerosene
A.C.
Little Maggie
No Idea
Bust bowl
What's Left of the Night
Jaywalking
Terp
Jaywalking
Gunboats

ENCORE
Small Axe



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how would you know what sets GSBG apart from the rest if this is the first traditional bluegrass bands you've experienced? none of this makes any sense.

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