Greensky Bluegrass’ Winter Tour Returns for Two Nights at The Anthem with Billy Strings

Mark Raker
By Mark Raker / January 23, 2019
Greensky Bluegrass and Billy Strings at The Anthem 2018

This isn't your mother's jam band; this ain't yer granddaddy's bluegrass.  It definitely is the best JamGrass you'll get on the East Coast this winter.  Greensky Bluegrass is about to launch their current tour this week in  St Petersburg, Florida, and not even two weeks later will again descend on The Anthem  for two powerful shows.  February 1st and 2nd will mark their return to DC, with opener Billy Strings.  The tour is timed with the release of their new album, All For Money.  Expect to hear a number of the tracks from this album at The Anthem, as only a few of the songs have been previously released as singles. The album features 12 new songs, and was recorded in Asheville, NC at Echo Mountain Sound studio.

Last year, Greensky's DC appearance included a mixed venue schedule with a show at the 9:30 Club and one at The Anthem.  Back by popular demand, and with popularity definitely on the rise, the band will command both shows at the larger capacity, 6500 seat Anthem.   Even though this is the largest venue on the current tour, Greensky Bluegrass will fill the building and raise the roof with their own very personal interpretation of bluegrass music, self described as "mixing the acoustic stomp of a stringband with the rule-breaking spirit of rock & roll". 

Hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Greensky Bluegrass is Paul Hoffman (mandolin, lead vocals), Anders Beck (dobro), Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Dave Bruzza (guitar), and Mike Devol (upright bass).  Billy Strings is another local favorite who also plays the DC area regularly and a perennial talent at DelFest in Cumberland, Md.  These two bands make a habit of over-delivering in every way, and compliment the pure grass jams and musical talent with a highly tuned visual light show.

Definitely don't be late and miss the opener, Billy Strings.  Also from Michigan, at 26 years old he's one of the hottest pickers and bluegrass performers on the circuit.  When not touring with his band, he's all over the various festivals and sits in on numerous stages, including Greensky's, recently at the Strings & Sol Festival in Puerto Morales Mexico.

Performance Details

Performance Details



Friday & Saturday

February 1 & 2, 2019

Doors: 6:00 PM

Show: 7:30 PM

The Anthem


901 Wharf Street SW

Washington, DC 20024

(Google Maps Link)

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Mark Raker

Mark Raker

Mark Raker is a Washington, D.C. area photographer who pursues a wide variety of photographic subjects and interests. His event photography includes concerts, festivals, food, wine and beer events as well as corporate and other special events in the Washington area.