The Phoffman/Beck Quartet finished up their Colorado run on yesterday at Denver’s Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, a fitting end to a successful four-night mini-tour spanning across the Colorado Front Range. The Quartet, consisting of Greensky Bluegrass’s mandolinist Paul Hoffman and dobro player Anders Beck in addition to guitarist Billy Strings and bassist Samson Grisman, and supporting act Grant Farm drew quite the crowd on Saturday night, packing the Ballroom and leaving many eager fans outside with fingers in the air.
Keeping up with the theme of the run, the Quartet’s performance was a high-energy affair, with a setlist that incorporated Greensky favorites along with choice covers and teases sprinkled throughout. One of the highlights of the first set was a sit-in by Tyler Grant on guitar during “Lumpy, Beanpole, and Dirt” and “Fixin’ To Ruin,” with Grant adding some electric flair to the Bad Livers cover and Greensky track off Shouted, Written Down, & Quoted toward the end of the first set. The first set culminated with a cover of Leftover Salmon’s “Breaking Through,” a cover initially debuted during the Boulder performance on Wednesday but that was perfected this second-time around.
To kick off the second set, Happy Birthday was sung to Andrew Lincoln, Greensky’s stellar lighting tech, before moving into the rest of the set, though this celebratory spirit never let up. The energy of the second set built steadily, eventually culminating in a fiery and tease-heavy “Broke Mountain Breakdown” featuring tastes of Juvenile’s “Back That Ass Up,” the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street” and a return to “Bustin’ Loose” that smoothly transitioned into the Stanley Brothers’ “How Mountain Girls Can Love” as a high-note to end on.
However, it became apparent that the Quartet saved the best for last, closing out their four-day run and the show with a non-stop, jaw-dropping encore. “Meet Me At The Creek” segued into “Them Changes,” recalling Wednesday’s Fox Theatre performance when it moved again into “Don’t Lie.” Rather than housing “Them Changes” in a “Don’t Lie” sandwich, the band placed “Born To Be Wild” in the sandwich’s center, then returned to “Meet Me At The Creek.” Perhaps needless to say, but the “Tweeprise” tease during “Meet Me” was well received. To close out the show, the Phoffman / Beck Quartet returned once more to “Don’t Lie” as the final number of an exciting run.
You can check out the setlist from the Denver performance below, courtesy of Lucas White of Camp Greensky. You can also check out photos from the Quartet’s Saturday performance in the gallery below, courtesy of Gary Sheer.
Setlist: Phoffman/Beck Quartet with Billy Strings and Samson Grisman | Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO | 4/8/2017
Set One: Takin’ A Slow Train, For Sure Uh Huh, Different Days, Burn Them 》Turmoil & Tinfoil (1), While I’m Waiting Here, Lumpy Beanpole and Dirt (2), Fixin’ to Ruin (2), Reverend, Stop That Train (3), Breaking Thru
Set Two: Happy Birthday (4), Why Do You Do Me Like You Do, Frederico, All Four, Dust in a Baggie, I’d Probably Kill You, A Letter to Seymour (5), The Four (6), Broke Mountain Breakdown (7)(1)(8) 》How Mountain Girls Can Love
Encore: Meet Me at the Creek (9) 》Them Changes 》Don’t Lie (1) 》Born to Be Wild 》Don’t Lie 》Meet Me at the Creek (10) 》Don’t Lie
(1) “Bustin’ Loose” teases, (2) With Tyler Grant, (3) “China Cat Sunflower” tease, (4) For Andrew Lincoln, (5) “Streets of Cairo” tease, (6) “Walk on the Wild Side” quotes, (7) “Back that Ass Up” quotes, (8) “Shakedown Street” tease, (9) “Kerosene” tease, (10) “Tweezer Reprise” tease