Since 2000, an innovative bluegrass band named Greensky Bluegrass has been producing a form of music that is becoming increasingly popular. While this five-piece band can dish out some top-notch traditional bluegrass, they also maintain a subtle rock and roll sensibility that gives their music a unique sound.
Greensky Bluegrass was formed in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area, and the band still has a massive fan base there. For more than a dozen years, the band provided musical entertainment for the yearly opening of a local brewery’s beer garden there.
The beer garden event became so popular that it has been moved to Michigan’s Manistee National Forest. Now a three-day event known as Camp Greensky, this outdoor music extravaganza debuted in 2018. In its inaugural year, the event drew large crowds of people from near and far, and featured live performances by several different musical acts.
This Michigan band’s live shows are fun and upbeat experiences that attract fans of all ages. While the band’s sound and performances could be described as alternative or progressive bluegrass, some people refer to their style as ‘jamgrass.’
As with acts such as the Grateful Dead and Phish, Greensky Bluegrass likes to sometimes delve into extended instrumental jams in the middle of their songs. Upon listening to some of their songs, one can pick up on the same type of raw, spontaneous energy that the Grateful Dead provided at their live performances.
Among the many excellent live shows that have recently been performed by Greensky Bluegrass were the ones they performed on November 15 through November 17, 2018 in Houston, Austin and Dallas, Texas. At each of these shows, the band delivered at least 20 songs in two lively sets, and the Lil Smokies were the opening act.
Greensky Bluegrass will be releasing a new album titled All For Money in January, 2019, and will be on tour during January and February, 2019.