Alastair Greene Band to perform at Bluestem Saturday


Courtesy of Roy Gilbert and Alastair Greene Band

The Alastair Greene Band will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Bluestem stage. 

Jacob Beals

The Alastair Greene Band will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday December 12 at the Bluestem Stage.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite and at the door. Prices are $12 for students and $15 for adults.

Front-man of the group, Alastair Greene, is known for his guitar skills but started out playing other instruments at a young age and gradually became interested in other music which led to him playing guitar.

“I played saxophone and piano and about the time I really started getting into rock ‘n’ roll I was probably in junior high. I started playing a little bit of bass guitar and after that it seemed like the next obvious step to start playing guitar,” Greene said.

This was a gateway which led to Greene’s love of blues music and his involvement in bands, with the start of his own band after playing in rock groups.

“I’ve been in a bunch bands my whole life, pretty much starting in high school, and when I started my own band under my own name it was basically because I wanted to start playing blues,” Greene said.

Greene has played with other well-known artists such as Slash and sound engineer Alan Parsons, who is known for working with Pink Floyd and The Beatles. Greene talked about one of the projects that he helped Parsons out with. 

“In 2010 he decided he kinda wanted to revamp his band and change some things around so he asked me to be his guitar player in his band,” Greene said.

Parsons has been supportive of Greene as well, not only in the aspect of performing together.

“He’s a real sweet guy and very supportive of me. He knows that we’re all trying to find our own path in music and he’s been very supportive of my endeavors in my band and my music, which has been great,” Greene said.

Greene is kept pretty busy in the music world, but ultimately he said that he finds it very rewarding and his passion has driven him through his career.

“Any time you’re able to accomplish goals and reach certain milestones it’s very rewarding, especially if it’s something that you love doing,” Greene said.

Although Greene enjoys being a musician, he said there is a lot of hard work that goes into his music.

“I’d be lying if I said it was easy, and I’d be lying if I said that everyone’s going to get rich playing blues guitar,” Greene said. “But it’s what I’ve wanted to with my life, and I’d much rather be working really hard at playing at books and gigs than anything else.”

To find out more about The Alastair Greene Band, visit Bluestem’s website.