Jamgrass superstars Greensky Bluegrass whipped the Suwannee Hulaween crowd into a frenzy as they helped close out the first day of tunes at this year’s event. Greensky is no stranger to the Spirit Of Suwannee Music Park, and their incredible past sets at the park set the bar high for last night’s performance. However, as they’ve been known to do, the quintet went ahead and exceeded expectations anyway.
All the best elements of Greensky Bluegrass were on display. Guitarist Dave Bruzza mixed aggressive jamming with contemplative leads while his gruff voice offset the emotion-drenched vocals from mandolinist Paul Hofman. Hoffman’s fierce and frenetic strumming added a percussive element that paired perfectly with the bottom-end bombast of bassist Michael Devol. Banjo wizard Mike Bont deployed his trademark swirling runs while drop steel mast Anders Beck let his slide magic flow through it all with a mixture of precision and soul.
The band clearly loved being back on the fabled Suwannee Amphitheater stage, joking about the ghostly nature of the Spanish moss which hangs from the majestic live oaks that surround the audience. They ran through a gamut of beloved jams and covers that honored the progenitors of the bluegrass genre itself.
Check out these clips from our own Rex-A-Vision from last night’s show and go see Greensky whenever and wherever you get the chance. It’s what you need! You can check out a full list of their upcoming tour dates here.
Greensky Bluegrass – “Windshield” > “Living Over” – 10/24/19
Greensky Bluegrass – “Steam Powered Aereo Plane” [John Hartford cover] – 10/24/19
Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Suwannee Hulaween | Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park | Live Oak, FL | 10/25/19
Set: Working on a Building, Windshield > Living Over, Room Without a Roof, Steam Powered Aereo Plane, Cathedral Eyes, Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox, A Letter To Seymour, In Control, All For Money, Kerosene, Wings For Wheels, Leap Year