Photo by Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta
On Saturday night, jamgrass quintet Greensky Bluegrass made their debut at the famed Beacon Theatre, offering two rocking sets and a special encore, paying tribute to the Allman Brothers Band.
After opening with If Sorrows Swim cut “Demons,” the band played “What You Need” as a taste of their forthcoming album All For Money (out Jan. 18). The latter tune also featured the band’s tour manager/friend/frequent guest Guido Batista on vibraslap.
Later, they explored the depths of a “Wings for Wheels”> “Time”> “Breathe Reprise” segment, pleasing any Pink Floyd fans in the room. They closed the first half with “Do It Alone,” also from the upcoming All For Money release.
Greensky Bluegrass continued the preview of their new LP with a set two opening “All For Money,” but were sure to nod to their past with a subsequent sing-along of fan favorite “Past My Prime.”
“We used to play the dumpiest little bars in New York City, this is so cool!” dobroist Anders Beck said from the stage during set two, as the band soaked in the golden facade of the theatre.
The song “Aeroplane” also reflected the band’s awe with Gotham, as they changed the lyrics to “high above New York City.”
As set two wound down, keen ears may have caught a “Mountain Jam” tease in the set-closing “Don’t Lie,” hinting at the Allman Brothers tribute to come.
After a raucous applause break, GSBG returned for a take on the classic “Midnight Rider,” with everyone in attendance well aware of the Allman Brothers longstanding legacy at the venue (the ABB currently hold the record with 238 sold-out performances at the Beacon).
For more information about Greensky Bluegrass visit their official website.
Check out the setlist from their Beacon Theatre debut below:
Jan. 13, 2019
The Beacon Theatre, New York City
Set I: Demons, What You Need^, Wings for Wheels > Time >Breathe Reprise, Kerosene, Ashes, Leap Year, Do It Alone
Set II: All for Money, Past My Prime, More of Me, Gumboots, Steam Powered Aeroplane%, Murder of Crows, I’d Probably Kill You*, Don’t [email protected]
Enc: Midnight Rider
^: w/ Guido Batista (vibraslap)
% Lyric change “high above New York City”
* Billy Strings Lyric change
@ Mountain Jam tease