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Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Skerik & The Lil Smokies In Seattle: Full Show Audio


Greensky Bluegrass ended a swing through the Pacific Northwest on Saturday night at The Showbox in Seattle. An audience recording of the show, which saw the band joined by saxophonist Skerik and support act The Lil Smokies has surfaced.

Saturday was the group’s second of two shows at The Showbox. The evening started with oldies “No Idea” and “The Radio Blues” ahead of the recently debuted “What You Need.” A big surprise came a few songs later when Greensky dusted off a cover of The Police’s “Driven To Tears” for the first time in over a year and only the third time since 2013. Then, fiddler Jake Simpson of The Lil Smokies emerged to add to the bluegrass classic “I’m Working On A Building” before the rest of The Lil Smokies joined in on Keith Allison’s “Freeborn Man.”

Greensky Bluegrass kicked off their final set in Seattle with a pairing of “Jaywalking” and “More Of Me.” Next, “Run Or Die” was followed by a cover of Son Seals’ “Funky Bitch.” The band hadn’t performed “Funky Bitch” in well over a year. GSBG went on to end the set by welcoming Seattle resident Skerik for a quick romp through “I’d Probably Kill You” and a “Leap Year” that spanned nearly 20 minutes. Both Simpson and Skerik added to the “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox” encore. Listen to an audience recording taped by John Hermsen below or head to to stream an official recording:

Setlist (via PT)

Set One: No Idea, The Radio Blues, What You Need, Room Without a Roof, Better Off, Driven to Tears, I’m Working on a Building1, Freeborn Man2

Set Two: Jaywalking> More of Me, Run or Die, Funky Bitch, Reuben’s Train, Bottle Dry, Dustbowl Overture, Hit Parade of Love, I’d Probably Kill You3, Leap Year3

Encore: Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox13

  • 1 – w/ Jake Simpson (fiddle)
  • 2 – w/ Lil’ Smokies
  • 3 – w/ Skerik (saxophone)