Jamgrass all-stars Greensky Bluegrass hit New York City last night for an excellent show at the PlayStation Theater. They delivered two sets of originals, fun covers, and impressive improvisation, showcasing why Greensky has established themselves as one of the preeminent bands in their genre.
Set one opened with “Hold On”, which was followed by a “Jaywalking” that contained elements of “Foxy Lady” by Jimi Hendrix. They turned in a gorgeous cover of “Light Up Or Leave Me Alone” by Traffic that featured a pronounced “Tweezer Reprise” jam. The band rounded out set one with songs like “33443”, “200 Miles From Montana”, and “Who is Federico?” The band also threw in a touching cover of “A Day In The Life” by The Beatles, before bringing things to an end with “Run Or Die.”
Set Two kicked off with one of the most beloved covers in Greensky’s arsenal, Bruce Springsteen‘s “Atlantic City”. “Broke Mountain Breakdown” into “Miss September” followed, before the band busted out their cover of “How Mountain Girls Can Love”. The set also featured “Windshield” into “The Four” into “Take Cover”, with special “Big Apple”-specific lyrics showing up in “The Four”. The band closed out the second set with “Don’t Lie”.
For the encore, Greensky started things off with “Merely Avoiding”, using the song as a launchpad for improvisation before landing on JJ Cale‘s classic tune “After Midnight”.
Catch Greensky Bluegrass next at The Egg in Albany, with special guests Fruition. See below for a full setlist from last night’s show at the PlayStation Theater.
Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | PlayStation Theater | New York, NY | 1/28/2017
Set One: Hold on, Jaywalking(*), Light Up or Leave Me Alone(@), 33443, 200 Miles From Montana, Hit Parade of Love, Better Off, Who is Federico?, A Day in the Life, Run or Die
Set Two: Atlantic City, Broke Mountain Breakdown, Miss September, How Mountain Girls can Love, Dustbowl Overtures, Windshield; The Four[^], Take Cover, Don’t Lie
Encore: Merely Avoiding; After Midnight
* ‘foxy lady’ tease
@ ‘tweezer reprise’ jam
^ with “Big Apple” centric lyrics.