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Greensky Bluegrass

Wednesday, January 20, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497; Thursday, January 21, Hodi's Half Note, 970-472-2034.

Greensky Bluegrass takes bluegrass to a new high by weaving psychedelic rock into a roots-oriented go-for-broke approach. While retaining a good dose of backwoods authenticity on genre standards as well as its own earthy creations, Greensky marks live gigs with crowd-pleasing interpretations of the music of Pink Floyd and the Beatles, among other classic artists. The Kalamazoo-originated act turned heads at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2006 and 2007, then barnstormed the country, earning more plaudits and fans, including Colorado-bred dobro player Anders Beck, who joined the outfit late in 2007. The band's most recent release, Five Interstates, was produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth and set the stage for Greensky's continued rise on the Americana and bluegrass scenes. With some of the new-school attitude of Yonder Mountain String Band and the down-home sound of the hills (via Michigan), the group is carving out its own space in the jamgrass barnyard.

 
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