Jackie Greene came to The Mishawaka Amphitheatre Friday night, on what was a rather chilly evening up at the Bellvue, CO venue. With local musicians Matt Mahern and Brent Cowles (formerly of You, Me and Apollo) in tow, it was a singer-songwriter kind of night, with well-crafted songs and plenty of Americana rock to warm the crowd up.
Both support acts played solid sets, with Cowles performing a rocking cover of Whitney Houston‘s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” that got everybody warmed up for the night in store.
Greene, guitarist Nathan Dale, bassist Jon Cornell, and drummer Fitz Harris were on point, as usual, with a set that consisted of mostly originals, including “Silver Lining” and the “The King Is Dead” from his latest effort Back to Birth. “So Hard to Find My Way” from 2008’s American Myth and the gorgeous gospel song “Hallelujah” witnessed Greene sit down at the keys for a brief portion of the night’s performance, before strapping the guitar back on.
With his relationship to Phil Lesh and the Grateful Dead extended family, performing as one of the bassist’s “Friends” time and time again over the years, it was no coincidence that the NorCal rocker went into a rousing “Shakedown Street” that got all the cold bones in attendance warmed up. An always welcomed “Jack Straw” led into The Beatles‘ “Don’t Let Me Down” that witnessed all the Deadheads and Beatlemaniacs in the crowd singing along.
While it was a pretty brisk night up, Jackie Greene and company kept things warm enough to enjoy another evening in Colorado mountains up at The Mish, which will be closing the outdoor portion of the venue after next weekend’s performances.
Check out some videos from the evening. All photos courtesy of Sunny Side Production.