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Greensky Bluegrass at Boston House of Blues

Greensky Bluegrass brought their high energy performance to Beantown this pass weekend and I was lucky enough to be in front of the barricade with my camera. Opening for them was an experimental folk rock band called Fruition. Fruition put on an engaging set and I can’t blame Anders Beck, Greensky’s dobro player, for describing them as his favorite band. A little more than halfway through their set, Fruition’s lead guitarist announced that they were going to play a traditional folk tune. To the crowd’s delight, the band began playing Led Zeppelin’s “Hey Hey What Can I Do”. After their performance, I found myself over at the merch table picking up an album. 

Greensky Bluegrass took the stage and opened up with the fourth song off their album, If Sorrow Swims. “In Control” is a perfect opener as it builds in intensity and showcases mandolin and dobro solos as well as Paul Hoffman’s unique vocals. Greensky played many of their favorite originals, but also mixed it up with some fun covers such as Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing”, Pink Floyd’s “Time” and coming out for an encore with Phish’s “Chalk Dust Torture”. 

Greensky Bluegrass has been offering soundboard downloads of their performances. You can download any of Greensky Bluegrass sets HERE

Drew Hines