Last night in front of a packed house at The club in Hermosa, California, continued to put a footprint on bluegrass in 2012. Some have dubbed it newgrass in the same company as the talented and but I just it some damn fine . formed in 2000 in Michigan played a fierce two + hour show, including a 2nd set that had a few head-turning jams.

I first saw about 4 years ago and to this day they’ve stayed in the “See them whenever they play within 50 miles” category. A High Sierra Music Festival staple the past few years, the band has proven countless sets they are in a small group of musicians willing to take a risk night in and night out. Their eclectic catalog was on display in Hermosa a focus on their album released late last year, Handguns. Despite some sound in the first set, where the vocals were tough to hear the band pressed on delivering a jam- 2nd set. A of ’s Hungry Like a was one of the highlights, showing us how well an 80’s pop tune can translate to bluegrass.

What seems to set Greensky apart from what our parents and grandparents remember as bluegrass is the use of certain effects on the mandolin, guitar and dobro. Still sticking within their traditional bluegrass roots, (guitar) and (mandolin) take the jams into more psychedelic territory, easily festering into a familiar or original song of theirs. The improvisational element is at an all-time high and you can sense the influence the had on their performances especially in how much effort they put into crafting a unique show each time out.

They wrap up the month of April a show in San Diego @ Winston’s on Saturday night and a set at the Stagecoach in Indio, CA on Sunday. After a short break they are back on the road stops at Summercamp, Bluegrass , and the Festival with a slew of shows in between and after. Check to see if they are coming to a town near you on their tourdates page.

Here are a few photos I took from last night (@phortin) :


Besides being an avid concert-goer, currently working at Fox Sports and serving as co-editor / writer for LIVE music blog, while living in Santa Monica. Tweets @phortin.