Greensky Bluegrass

If you dig bluegrass the fast-twanging, heavy stomping, whiskey-swilling party music of Appalachia, being in Pittsburgh this fall is a good choice. Just last month, bluegrass titans Yonder Mountain String Band sold out Mr. Smalls. This Thursday, rising stars Greensky Bluegrass hit the Rex Theater. If you missed Yonder, Greensky is your best bet for a taste of bluegrass this season. Since winning the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2006 as relative unknowns, the Michigan-based band's been collecting fans in peers like Railroad Earth, Tony Rice, the legendary Sam Bush and, of course, regular-folk music lovers. While Yonder Mountain String Band, Old Crow Medicine Show and Railroad Earth may own the bluegrass game right now, Greensky's looser, laid-back approach makes for a perfect liquor-sipping show. Check them out at The Rex, Thursday, Nov. 11. Contributor Justin Jacobs posted this concert preview.