Greensky Bluegrass at The Mercury Ballroom
Greensky Bluegrass forge a defiant, powerful sound that, while rooted in classic string band Americana, extends outwards with a fearless, exploratory zeal. Tradition and innovation, prearranged songs and improvisation, acoustic tones and electric volume makes this band thrillingly dynamic on the stage! Experience this exciting, but backwards take on bluegrass live at Mercury Ballroom on Tuesday, January 19.
Greensky Bluegrass is Anders Beck (dobro), Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Dave Bruzza (guitar), Mike Devol (upright bass) and Paul Hoffman (mandolin). Approaching their instruments from an open-ended, rock perspective gave them the freedom to create their own rules. “We were always coming at bluegrass backwards,” Hoffman says. “We were better musicians than we were bluegrass musicians. I mean, I didn’t buy a mandolin until I was 18. Dave didn’t start playing acoustic guitar until he was 18. Bont got a banjo when he was 20. We discovered that, when it came to learning these instruments, we preferred to do so by improvising and writing our own songs, instead playing standard material and fiddle tunes.”
Their fifth studio album, If Sorrows Swim, is their most riveting yet, balancing gripping songsand remarkably thoughtful, tight arrangements with an instrumental fluidity born of countless hours playing together – on stage and off. The album mixes previously unrecorded, road-tested concert staples with new material carefully honed with the sort of razor’s edge focus that the recording studio inspires.
With the release of their first nationally distributed album and a busy touring season ahead of them, Greensky Bluegrass are facing a new level of exposure. It’s a challenge they are up to, that they embrace. As their music and their audience has grown, so have they, and their sites are set ever-higher.
Tickets are $17 in advance.
Showtime is 8:00 p.m. – Doors open at 7:00 p.m. All ages are welcome. Service charges not included on ticket prices. Tickets subject to price increases day of show. Tickets may be purchased at www.mercuryballroom.com or at The Louisville Palace Box Office, 625 South Fourth Street.
For more information call 800-745-3000 or visit mercuryballroom.com