Five Facts to know before Greensky Bluegrass’s show this Thursday


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Greensky Bluegrass will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at Wooly’s in Des Moines.

Jacob Beals

Greensky Bluegrass will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa.

Tickets cost $20 and are available via Ticketfly.

Hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Greensky Bluegrass is currently on its spring tour.

Here are five facts to know about the group before checking out their show in Des Moines:

1. Greensky has recorded five albums together during their time as a band. Their latest release is entitled “If Sorrows Swim.”

Banjo player Michael Bont explained what this album has meant to them as a group and how it has shown off what they can do in terms of making studio recordings.

“It was one of those things that was a special experience,” Bont said. “I think we all have matured as musicians over time in the studio process.”

2. The band’s songwriting is done by guitar player Dave Bruzza and mandolin player Paul Hoffman, according to Bont, but he also mentioned that the entire band collaborates to bring the songs together in the end.

“We tend to collaborate,” Bont said. “The songwriter will bring a written song with a general framework and we kinda take it from there. Everybody gets to add their input into it.”

3. Each of Greensky’s members come from different musical backgrounds other than bluegrass. According to Bont, the band’s diverse backgrounds include classical chello, rock and jazz.

“We have very different backgrounds,” Bont said. “We like all kinds of music, [and] it definitely influences our sound.”

4. They have played for sold out crowds before while touring across the country to festivals and shows. Greensky has even played at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. Bont commented on what playing at Red Rocks meant to the band.

“It’s certainly like a milestone for people who play music in the industry to play for a crowd at that venue [Red Rocks], that has hosted many awesome acts,“ Bont said.

5. One of the major goals of the group is to make their music as loud as possible. Since bluegrass music is generally acoustic, Bont said Greensky is always experimenting to make their instruments sound as loud as possible.

“You want people to hear you,” Bont said. “People tend to be social at a show so you have to be louder than the crowd.”

To find out more about the show visit Wooly’s website