Jamgrass mainstays Greensky Bluegrass brought their homegrown blend of bluegrass jams to Denver’s Mission Ballroom last night for the second of two nights at the venue on Saturday. They once again welcomed support from Ghost Light, who opened up both Denver shows. Once again Greensky got a little help from their friends in Ghost Light in the form of a sit-in from Holly Bowling on the keys for the latter half of the second set.
The first set opened with a cover of Jimmy Martin‘s “Hit Parade Of Love”, which was followed by “Handguns” and “Don’t Lie”, both from Greensky’s 2011 album Handguns. After that came another cover with “Luckiest Man” by The Wood Brothers. Then came another original. “Take Cover” off of 2016’s Shouted, Written Down & Quoted. Next came “Broken Highways”, before “Run Or Die” closed out the first set on a high note.
Set two opened up with All For Money track, “Do Harm”. After that came “Better Off”, which was followed by “Jaywalking” before segueing into “Courage For The Road”. At this point in the show, Ghost Light keyboardist Holly Bowling came out on stage to sit in with Greensky, where she would remain for the rest of the second set. The expanded lineup first took on “Fixin’ To Ruin”, which was followed by “Windshield”. After that, the keys-assisted band played “What You Need”, which seamlessly segued into a cover of “Cassidy” by the Grateful Dead featuring significant exploration and interplay between Holly and the band. The second set closed out with “Leap Year”, at which point the band bid farewell to Bowling. The encore consisted of “Wings For Wheels” followed by “Demons” to close out the evening.
Next up for Greensky is the Strings & Sol festival in Puerto Morelos where they will join Yonder Mountain String Band, The Del McCoury Band, Railroad Earth and many more for three days of bluegrass in the sun. After that, Greensky will return to the states for a three-night New Year’s Eve run in Milwaukee at Riverside Theatre. Then, they will have two weeks off before embarking on their winter tour across the country, where they will receive intermittent support from Ghost Light and another headliner to be announced. Tickets and information are available here.
Greensky Bluegrass — “Don’t Lie” — 12/7/19
Greensky Bluegrass — “Jaywalking > Courage For The Road” — 12/7/19
Greensky Bluegrass — “What You Need > Cassidy” — 12/7/19
Greensky Bluegrass — “Wings For Wheels”, “Demons” — 12/7/19
Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Mission Ballroom | Denver, CO | 12/7/19
Set One: Hit Parade Of Love, Handguns, Don’t Lie, Luckiest Man, Take Cover, Broken Highways, Run Or Die
Set Two: Do Harm, Better Off, Jaywalking > Courage For The Road, Fixin’ To Ruin*, Windshield*, What You Need*>Cassidy*, Leap Year*
Encore: Wings For Wheels, Demons
*w/ Holly Bowling (keys)