Greensky Bluegrass is hitting the Indy scene, so grab your dancing shoes and a whisky bottle because the award winning rock ’n’ roll bluegrass quintet is coming to Birdy’s. This is another epic show brought to you by Wuhnurth Entertainment and will take place this upcoming Friday May 13th. The five piece band hails from Michigan and consists of: Dave Bruzza (guitar), Anders Beck (dobro), Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Mike Devol (upright bass) and Paul Hoffman (mandolin).
This show is celebrating their All Access Volume 2 live recordings from Mexicali Live in New Jersey from July 30, 2010. Greensky Bluegrass (GSBG) finished their 2010 year with two sold-out performances in Denver and a sold out Jam Cruise. Anders Beck, the dobro player, was named one of the three “Jam Cruise All-Stars.”
GSBG has hit the scene hard touring year after year playing over a 160 shows and festivals across the country. Some big name festivals you can expect to see them at this year are their first ever Hangout and Bonnaroo festivals, a return to Rothbury (Electric Forest) and of course, All Good. Check out their sick CNN All Good video from last year; try and guest which member is the gorilla.
This past week, I had the pleasure of interviewing a member from GSBG, Dave Bruzza, the guitarist, vocalist, and co-songwriter. Dave was back at home in Kalamazoo Michigan, just leaving a book store with a Charles Bukowski novel. What great taste, Burkowski happens to be one of my favorite authors and poets, I knew immediately we enjoyed that same sense of dark-humor. Some background information on the infamous guitarist, Dave Bruzza, started playing the drums at age 6 and had switched to guitar around the age of 18. One of Dave’s favorite songs on the new album is “Jay Walking”. A personal favorite is, “200 Miles from Montana,” one he wrote and appears on the album Five Interstates. He had the privilege of meeting Jimmie Dale Gilmore, a country singer from Texas, who you may know him from The Big Lebowski. Dave’s Rockstar moment came when he had the chance to play with Billy Kreutzmann and Mikey Hart from the Grateful Dead.
I received some up and coming news about a new full length album called “Handguns,” which will be available this year. Although, Dave was unable to give me a specific date for the release, he believes “It is GSBG’s best work and is very proud of the outcome.” The album “Handguns” is extra special as it’s the first album they themselves produced. They recorded the album in Michigan and had a stellar opportunity to use legendary equipment from Muscle Shoals, Alabama where Free Bird was recorded on. Vintage microphones used by the legendary Bob Dylan, accompanied Greensky Bluegrass in the studio; making yet another Rockstar moment.
Greensky Bluegrass is a band that combines jam, bluegrass and a little rock ‘n’ roll; you can never expect the same show. GSBG has grown immensely in the past years and looks to keep spreading that good old jamming bluegrass in 2011. So come on down to Birdy’s this Friday May 13th to hear some fresh and original tunes, you will surely be in for a treat!
*Dave Bruzza thanks again for taking time to speak with me; safe travels ahead!!
If you are still indecisive on attending Birdy’s on May 13th check out Greensky Bluegrass website for news and tunes.
Ah, be sure to come early for the jammin’ acoustic opener Mikial Robertson.
For show details check out Wuhnurth Entertainment Presents Greensky Bluegrass in Indy http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=210512518960663 OR
Bands: Greensky Bluegrass and Mikial Robertson
Location: Birdy’s 2131 E. 71st Indianapolis, In
When: Friday May 13th
Doors Open: 7:30p.m.
Tunes Begin: 8:30 p.m.
*This show is 21+