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Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Chris Pandolfi & Andy Hall, Debuts Dawes Cover In Denver [Video]

Continuing their three-night run in Denver, on Friday night, Greensky Bluegrass returned to the Ogden Theatre for a fiery performance that saw Chris Pandolfi and Andy Hall of The Infamous Stringdusters, as well as Guido Batista, sit in during set one. The show also saw Greensky lay out a love-themed sandwich to close out set two and change the lyrics to refrence the band’s dobro player Anders Beck during their encore of “Frederico”.

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The band opened with “Windshield” off 2014’s If Sorrow Swims and worked teases of Phish’s “Harpua” throughout, making for an energized start to the performance. Pulling from their somewhat older catalog with a rendition of “Middle Mountain Towns”, the group then played Bill Monroe’s “Wheel Hoss”, made all the more complete with Paul Hoffman’s performance of the Macarena—a tune that the group gave a lot of love to recently during Strings & Sol.

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Shifting back to newer songs, next came a rendition of “Fixin’ To Ruin” featuring Guido Batista on woodblock before a cover of The Dillards’ “Reuben’s Train” and the band’s own “Cold Feet” off 2011’s HandgunsJoshua Davis’ “Last Winter In Copper Country” was up next before the group invited out The Infamous Stringdusters’ Chris Pandolfi and Andy Hall to help them close out the set for renditions of Greensky’s “I’d Probably Kill You”, Johnny Cash’s “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”, and The Dusters’ “No More To Leave You Behind”.

“I’d Probably Kill You”

[Video: Kyle Isaac]

“Will The Circle Be Unbroken”

[Video: Kyle Isaac]

After the sit-in heavy close to set one, Greensky Bluegrass surprised fans once again, opening set two with their debut cover of Dawes’ “Quitter”. After “Living Over”, which featured references to their Johnny Cash tune, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”, from set one, the group performed “Take Cover” off their newest album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, using the tune as a vehicle for a number of “Jeopardy!” theme teases.

To close out set two, the band gave the crowd lots of love during a “The Four” sandwich housing Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved”. The number also contained quotes from Burt Bacharach’s “What The World Needs Now” and The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”, most likely referencing My Morning Jacket’s love-filled New Year’s Eve celebration just outside of Denver at 1st Bank Center, during which MMJ played the two songs back-to-back.

“Could You Be Loved”

[Video: Kyle Isaac]

For the group’s encore, the band played “Frederico”, though changed the lyrics to reference dobro player Anders Beck, with lyrics like “Anders is the name” and “Who is Anders?”

“Frederico”

[Video: Kyle Isaac]

You can check out the setlist from last night’s performance below.

Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 1/12/2018

Set One: Windshield (1), Middle Mountain Towns, Wheel Hoss (2), Fixin to Ruin (3), Rueben’s Train, Cold Feet, Last Winter in Copper Country (4), I’d Probably Kill You (5), Will the Circle be Unbroken (5), No More to Leave You Behind (5)

Set Two: Quitter, Living Over (6), Take Cover (7)(8), Just to Lie > Eat my Dust, Working on a Building, Worried about the Weather > The Four > Could you be Love (9)(10) > The Four

Encore: Frederico (11)(12)

(1) – Harpua tease
(2) – Macarena dance by Paul
(3) – w/ Guido Batista (woodblock) x2
(4) – Tarpology tease
(5) – w/ Chris Pandolfi and Andy Hall
(6) – Will the Circle be unbroken tease
(7) – Jeopardy theme tease
(8) – Contact tease
(9) – what the World Needs Now quotes
(10) – All you Need is love quotes
(11) – Lyric change “Anders is the name…”
(12) – Lyric change “Who is Anders”

Check out the full gallery from photography Bill McAlaine below.