On Friday night, Greensky Bluegrass made the second stop on their 2019 All For Money tour at the newly renovated and reopened The Met in Philadelphia, PA following a strong start on Thursday.
After opening with “No Idea”, the band dove into their first of several crowd-pleasing covers on the night with The Beatles‘ “A Day In The Life”. “Just To Lie” followed before segueing into an extended rendition of “Bone Digger” replete with teases of the traditional “Working On A Building” and the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Midnight Rider”. All For Money track “Ashes” was up next, followed by an elaborate “Broke Mountain Breakdown” led, as always, by “hometown favorite” Anders Beck.
Before beginning the ever-changing “Breakdown”, a Philadelphia Eagles jersey-clad Beck recalled last year’s Philadelphia show when he wore the same jersey for good luck—a plot that seemed, of course, to pay off as the Eagles took the Super Bowl crown the following month. After inviting the audience to sing a rendition of Philly fight song “Fly Eagles Fly”, he went on to lead the band in a reprise of that “Fly Eagles Fly Breakdown”—an extended take on the crowd-favorite jam vehicle that produced a number of Phish-y teases including “Sand”, “The Moma Dance”, and James Gang‘s “Walk Away”. From there, the set moved seamlessly into “Miss September” followed by another All For Money tune, “Collateral Damage”, and a set-closing “Living Over”.
Set two began with a complete rendition of the “Working On A Building” that was forecasted during “Bone Digger”. Lengthy All For Money composition “Courage For The Road” was up next, followed by a “Road To Nowhere” dedicated to Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), who was not in attendance, but “would have really appreciated that Courage For The Road to Nowhere.”
“Better Off” got the call next, followed by a rendition of “Tuesday Letter” dedicated to Keith Kinnear, who came onstage to deliver some hugs before the tune. An extended take on “Take Cover” followed before moving delicately into an ethereal “Bring Out Your Dead” featuring an extended, eerie intro layered with “don’t shine that thing in my face, man” quotes from Phish’s “Axilla II”. After asking if anyone in the crowd was named Jay, the band moved into “Jaywalking” before closing the second set with “Worried About The Weather”.
The band returned to the stage for their encore with one more “fly eagles fly” salute from Beck as they led into a show-closing rendition of Bruce Springsteen‘s “Atlantic City”.
Below, you can listen to full audio and check out a stunning gallery of photos from the performance via photographer Jay Strausser.
Greensky Bluegrass – 1/11/19 – Full Audio
[Taped by TaperJeff]
Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | The Met Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA | 1/11/19
Set 1: No Idea, A Day in the Life, Just to Lie > Bone Digger (1) (2), Cathedral Eyes, Broke Mountain Breakdown (3)(4)(5)(6) > Miss September, Collateral Damage (7), Living Over
Set 2: Working on a Building, Courage for the Road, Road to Nowhere (8), Better Off, Tuesday Letter (9), Take Cover, Before Bring Out Your Dead(10) > Bring Out Your Dead, Jaywalking (11) > Worried about the Weather (12)
Encore: Atlantic City
(1) – Working on a Building tease
(2) – Midnight Rider tease
(3) – w/ Fly Eagles Fly sung by crowd
(4) – Moma Dance tease
(5) – Sand tease
(6) – Walk Away tease
(7) – Pre-song La Bamba tease
(8) – Dedicated to Joel Cummins
(9) – Dedicated to Keith Kinnear
(10) – Axilla II quotes
(11) – Foxy Lady tease
(12) – Could You Be Love tease