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The Sensational Strings of Greensky Bluegrass Take Pittsburgh by Storm

Melt


After only releasing singles and an EP since 2017, Melt takes on a tour with Greensky Bluegrass after dropping their debut album. They brought the energy Thursday night in Pittsburgh at Stage AE by playing music from their discography along with a cover of Harvest Moon. “Sour Candy,” my personal favorite and most popular song, was a hit and got the crowd moving. Concertgoers slowly started to trickle in and, by 8:00 pm, the floor was filled and the front was thoroughly warmed up. Halfway through their set, frontwoman Veronica Stewart-Frommer thanked their sound and merch team.


“Touring as an indie band is rough out there, and merch helps us sustain this operation.”


Melt

One of my favorite parts of their show was when Stewart-Frommer expressed her lamentation about bringing hot tea on stage. Out of all the things to drink, it would make sense that the drink of choice for Melt would be hot tea. It was a cherry on top of the night and entertained the crowd.


Melt

Their cover of "Harvest Moon" by Niel Young was their last song, and it was a perfect ending to their set.  Melt put character into this timeless classic. Their inspirations of the Grateful Dead and psychedelia as a whole shone through to the very end with their guitar breaks and drum fills.


Melt


Greensky Bluegrass

From the moment Greensky Bluegrass stepped on the stage to when they finished their second set (that’s right, they performed two sets), they had the crowd enraptured. Five-string instruments and five men on stage shook Pittsburg up Thursday night with nonstop music. Greensky Bluegrass is Anders Beck on the dobro, Michael Arlen Bont on the banjo, Dave Bruzza on the guitar, Mike Devol on the upright bass, and Paul Hoffman on the mandolin.  It’s nearly unbelievable how they kept up the energy from 9:00 pm to midnight.


Greensky Bluegrass

Greensky Bluegrass used lighting to assist in the vision of their set. When one performer would play a solo, the light would shine on them so the audience could see their instrument and fingers pick away.  They played everything from covers to songs from their eight full-length albums.


“We love playing in Pittsburgh. We always have.”


Greensky Bluegrass

And Pittsburgh certainly loves them with the energy the crowd brought into a Thursday.  By the time Greensky Bluegrass settled into their first set, the floor was packed and people lined the walls upstairs. In every song, you could hear someone somewhere whooping and vocalizing approval.  The crowd was wonderful and respectful to match the energy the band brought.


Greensky Bluegrass

The songs were long and the night felt short. Greensky Bluegrass did it again with another spectacular performance.



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