On Thursday night, Greensky Bluegrass brought their tour through The Fillmore Philadelphia and ended up welcoming a local favorite for a few tunes, as guitarist Tom Hamilton came out for a portion of the first set.
Hamilton’s guest spot fell in the midst of the second set, when the guitarist emerged for a rendition of the folk song “Butcher’s Boy,” Greensky’s “Demons” and the early-day Grateful Dead cut “Mr. Charlie,” a song written by Pigpen McKernan and performed by the band during his tenure in the early ’70s. Hamilton has been performing the tune for years with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Greensky have sprinkled it in their own repertoire, including for a special performance at Terrapin Crossroads during a sit in from Dead bassist Phil Lesh back in 2015. Watch a video of Thursday’s collaboration below. The Philly show also featured an encore cover of Phish’s “Chalkdust Torture” to close out the night.
Last night at Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club, Greensky kept the guests coming with a sit in from opening act Billy Strings, who has joined the band several times during their touring stint together. The guitarist came on stage for a first-set cover of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” and an encore of Greensky’s “Fixin’ to Ruin.”
See the full setlists below.
The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA
Set I: The Radio Blues, Quitter, Run Or Die, Tuesday Letter, Wheel Hoss, Out And Under, Jesus On The Mainline, While Waiting, Don’t Lie
Set II: Dustbowl Overtures, Better Off, Butcher’s Boy*, Demons* > Mr. Charlie*, Hit Parade Of Love, Old Barns, Fly Eagles Fly, Fly Eagles Fly Breakdown > Before Bring Out Your Dead > Bring Out Your Dead
Enc: Chalkdust Torture
*w/ Tom Hamilton
9:30 Club, Washington, DC
Set I: Groundhog > Handle with Care, More of Me, Bringing in the Georgia Mail, 200 Miles from Montana, Johnny B. Goode^, What’s Left of the Night, Exuberence > Train Junkie
Set II: Boys are Back in Town, Blood Sucking F®iends, Worried About the Weather, Merely Avoiding, For Sure Uh Huh, Tied Down, Bottle Dry, Into the Rafters, Tarpology > My Sally > Tarpology, Past My Prime
Enc: Fixin’ to Ruin^
^w/ Billy Strings