On Saturday night, Greensky Bluegrass hit the stage at the Bender Jamboree for their first of two headlining slots this weekend at the annual festival taking place at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The band joined an exciting lineup for the evening that also included The Travelin’ McCourys, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Shook Twins, The California Honeydrops, The Dustbowl Revival, and Polyrhythmics. Saturday’s performance also marked Greensky’s first show in over a month, and the jam-grass quintet had plenty of appropriately themed surprises in store for the Sin City celebration.
“Past My Prime” got the set started, followed by a rendition of “Handle With Care” featuring a tease of Titanic theme song “My Heart Will Go On”. “Fixin’ To Ruin” came next and featured an appropriate sit-in from percussionist Ken Kinnear, who contributed to the studio recording of the tune for 2016’s Shouted, Written Down, & Quoted. “Room Without A Roof” and “Living Over” followed, before the band continued through a string of selections from 2014’s If Sorrows Swim: “In Control”, “Letter To Seymour”, “Demons”, and “Kerosene”.
Next, Greensky welcomed out a very special, Vegas-appropriate guest: the one and only Elvis Presley. Well, not the “one and only”…One of the many, many Elvis impersonators that line the Vegas Strip, with showgirls in full regalia in tow. Elvis led the band through a bluegrass rendition of his classic tune “Viva Las Vegas” and stayed onstage for a set-closing rendition of “Leap Year”.
Below, you can watch a clip of the King’s shenanigans on “Viva Las Vegas” and check out some photos from Greensky’s first of two Las Vegas performances this weekend:
Greensky Bluegrass w/ Elvis Impersonator – “Viva Las Vegas”
[Video: Max Berde]
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Bender Jamboree finishes today with performances from Shook Twins, Billy Strings, The Lil Smokies, Sam Bush, and Greensky, in addition to The Dustbowl Revival’s late-night festival Wrap Party. For more information, head to the festival website.
Greensky Bluegrass has a lengthy stretch of festival dates on the books for the remainder of April and May, culminating in their inaugural Camp Greensky festival from May 31st – June 2nd at Hoxeyville Festival Grounds in their native Michigan. For a full list of Greensky Bluegrass’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.
Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Bender Jamboree | Plaza Hotel | Las Vegas, NV | 4/14/18
Set 1: Past My Prime, Handle With Care, Fixin To Ruin, Room Without a Roof, Living Over, In Control, A Letter to Seymour, Demons, Kerosene, Viva Las Vegas, Leap Year