Greensky Bluegrass at Old National Centre – WIN TICKETS! Greensky Bluegrass at Old National Centre – WIN TICKETS!

Greensky Bluegrass makes their annual return to Indianapolis and this time they’re taking their talents to Old National Centre!

Kalamazoo, MI

Greensky Bluegrass band pic

For more than a decade and a half, the members of Greensky Bluegrass have created their own version of bluegrass music, mixing the acoustic stomp of a stringband with the rule-breaking spirit of rock & roll. They redefine that sound once again with their sixth album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted.

Like the band’s own name, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is a collection of opposites, full of dark psychedelic swirls, bright bursts of acoustic guitar, soundscapes, solos, freethinking improvisation, and plenty of sharp, focused songwriting. It’s wild and wide-ranging, showing off the diversity Greensky Bluegrass brings to every live show. At the same time, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is unmistakably a studio album, recorded during two different sessions — one at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, North Carolina; the other at the Mountain House Recording Studio in Nedarland, Colorado — that comprise the band’s longest block of recording time ever. The result is an 11-track album whose songs cast a wide net, mixing the full-throttle energy of a Greensky Bluegrass concert with the nuanced approach of a band that’s still eager to explore.

“You can call us an acoustic ensemble, or a drum-less rock band, or a rock & roll bluegrass band,” says mandolin player Paul Hoffman, who, along with guitarist Dave Bruzza, handles most of the album’s writing duties. “All of that shifting identity has taught us to cover a lot of ground. There’s a flow to this album, just like there’s a flow to our setlists. There are some aggressive, rocking moments. Some bouncy, funky moments. An acoustic think piece or two. It’s a balance of moods and textures that we create as a band, almost like a mix tape.”

Formed in 2000 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Greensky Bluegrass kicked off their career playing living rooms and open mic nights across the Midwest. By 2005, they were touring nationally, and by 2006, they were playing the first in a long series of appearances at the annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Bandmates Hoffman, Bruzza, dobro player Anders Beck, banjoist Michael Arlen Bont, and upright bassist Mike Devol spent most of the following decade on the road, fine-tuning a live show modeled not after the toned-down production of traditional bluegrass music, but the full-on spectacle of rock.

“We play two sets of music every night with a big light show, and really care about creating a large scale production,” notes Bruzza, adding that, “the goal isn’t just to play important music. We want to cultivate an experience, where people can escape from their everyday lives for a minute and put their worries aside.”

Playing as many as 175 shows per year, Greensky Bluegrass have graduated to headlining status at some of the country’s most iconic venues, selling out amphitheaters like Red Rocks and world-class auditoriums like the Ryman. They’ve become a regular name on the festival circuit, too, adding Bonnaroo, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Austin City Limits, Forecastle, and Outside Lands to their touring schedule. Supported by a grassroots audience whose members often travel for hours to see the band, Greensky Bluegrass are still a proudly independent act, enjoying the success of a major-label act — including a Number One debut on the Billboard Bluegrass chart for their fifth album, 2014’s If Sorrows Swim — without giving up complete control of their own business.

Released on the band’s label, Big Blue Zoo, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted kicks off with “Miss September,” a song that splits its focus between Hoffman’s mid-tempo melodies and the band’s instrumental solos. Most of the album’s tracks strike a similar balance, showcasing a group whose vocal hooks and flat-picking skills share the spotlight equally. Meanwhile, the guys stretch their legs on “Living Over” — an improvised, seven-minute knockout that’s already become a live staple — and show surprising restraint with “While Waiting,” a slower song whose ebb-and-flow arrangement often finds no more than two bandmates playing at once. “Room Without a Roof” features some of the group’s most layered production to date, with electric instruments adding some thick sonic padding, while “More of Me” cranks up the drama, with Hoffman singing about heartache over a bed of minor-key guitar arpeggios.

“We tend to have a darker sense to ours songs than most acoustic bands,” Bruzza adds, “but we still have light moments, too. We’re trying to explore the textures and sounds we can make, while still having the instrumentation of a bluegrass band. There aren’t many rules. We’ll run a dobro though an amp on a song like ‘Past My Prime.’ We can get pretty epic. This album is a crazy carnival one minute, and it’s a psychedelic Pink Floyd jam the next.”

Equal parts dark, driving, and dynamic, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is Greensky Bluegrass at their best, fusing the fiery fretwork of their live shows with the focus of a true songwriting outfit.




Nashville, TN

Billy Strings

Billy Strings plays hard and he lives hard, picking so fast and intensely that he’s known to break multiple strings per song, and basing the songs he writes on the hard lives he grew up around in the abandoned rural communities of America. His new album, Turmoil & Tinfoil, taps into a deep vein of psychedelia in Americana, referencing everything from the Dead to Sturgill Simpson, but all underlaid by Billy’s undeniable virtuosity and his knowledge of the roots of American music. He’s one of the most beloved young bluegrass guitarists today within the bluegrass community, and his front porch in East Nashville is constantly filled up with Nashville’s best roots musicians just picking up a storm.

The tricky part of making the new album, Turmoil & Tinfoil, was translating Billy Strings’ incendiary live show into the studio. Returning to his home state of Michigan, Billy enlisted acoustic roots wizard Glenn Brown (Greensky Bluegrass) as producer, and centered the music around his new band, featuring Drew Matulich on mandolin with banjo prodigy Billy Failing and much-loved Nashville bassist Brad Tucker. Rich with special guests, Turmoil & Tinfoil shows off Billy’s East Nashville community of picking friends, among them Miss Tess, Molly Tuttle, John Mailander, Shad Cobb and Peter Madcat Ruth. Of special note is a virtuosic duet between Billy and bluegrass guitarist Bryan Sutton on “Salty Sheep” that shows the speed, precision, and creative craftsmanship of bluegrass when it’s done right.t



Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
502 N. New Jersey
Indianapolis, IN





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1. Reply with your full name in the comments below why YOU deserve to win! Bonus points for creativity! Make it good people!

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Winners will be Announced by Wednesday, January 17th! Be sure to check back to see if you’ve won! Good luck!




Matt Ramsey

  • Sarah Hoyt

    January 15, 2018 #1 Author

    I love Greensky and Billy! I would love to win tickets to this show because this week is the start to my last semester at school! This will be the perfect way to start off my semester! Plus this will be a perfect date night for me and my banjo playing hubby!


    • Matt Ramsey

      January 17, 2018 #2 Author

      You should win for being 1st! Congrats! See my post below!


  • John Plott

    January 15, 2018 #3 Author

    its been a while since I’ve seen Greensky. and Billy Strings too!? sounds like it is going to be an awesome show, however I cant afford it on a banjo players salary. But I would really like to go.


  • Scottie L VanFleet

    January 15, 2018 #5 Author

    I love bluegrass, and nothing warms the soul in the middle of a cold Indiana winter better than a good old fashioned get down. Finally started getting back out to concerts last year after a couple years off and haven’t had nearly enough strings in that time! Plus I just love to spread the love and joy of music and winning a ticket means I’d get to bring along someone who otherwise couldn’t come!


    • Matt Ramsey

      January 17, 2018 #6 Author

      I guesss you can win too! See my post below!


  • Erin Perkins

    January 15, 2018 #7 Author

    I love bluegrass season it warms my heart right up (or maybe that’s the whiskey ) This is my favorite band in all da land I love watching them perform and to see them in a larger setting with more room to boogie is just what I need!


    • Matt Ramsey

      January 17, 2018 #8 Author

      Winner! Winner! Gobble Dinner! See my post below!


  • Patricia Patrick

    January 15, 2018 #9 Author

    I’ve been listening to Greensky for the past 7 years. I first discovered them at All Good Music Festival 2010. My husband and I got married on the same stage they played on the day before I discovered them for my first time. I started seeing them pretty heavily in 2014. The past 4 years they have played on my birthday and I’ve caught them at The Vogue and the Newport in Columbus. This year they are playing 2 days after my 36th birthday and I would love to win free tickets! Keep the birthday party going!


    • Matt Ramsey

      January 17, 2018 #10 Author

      You win!!!! See full post below!


  • Stacie Catron

    January 16, 2018 #11 Author

    GSBG and Billy Strings with his group are incredible artists. It’s inspiring to see creation like that every time there is opportunity.
    My gratitude for these groups and their crews is sky high. It’s a magical experience. Not only do you get to be fully entertained by these amazing men you also get to receive a fun, lively, upbeat crowd.
    The people who follow these groups are the best showing going neighbors any solo show goer can dream up. I attend many shows alone but I am never alone at a GSBG show.
    Much love to all of us supporting these great artists and much love to the artists and crews themselves.
    I hope I get to see you all in Indianapolis ❤️


    • Matt Ramsey

      January 17, 2018 #12 Author

      You win! See my full post below!


  • Matt Gingrich

    January 16, 2018 #13 Author

    This is Kristy, Matt’s wife. Matt’s birthday is coming up and I thought because I love him so much I would try to win him tix and stay home with his son. He would be grateful. Matt loves greensky so much, he has completely burned me out hahahaha thank you ❤️


    • Matt Ramsey

      January 17, 2018 #14 Author

      Winner winner! See my post below!


  • James Nimmer

    January 16, 2018 #15 Author

    I’d love to win tickets, because Greensky Bluegrass is incredible. I brought them to Indy for a show back in 2010 at Birdys and it was such a fun show.

    However, if I somehow win, I want my ticket to go to either John Plotz or Sarah Hoyt, because they are the heart of Bluegrass in Indy!


    • Sarah Hoyt

      January 17, 2018 #16 Author

      James you are so sweet <3


    • Matt Ramsey

      January 17, 2018 #17 Author

      I remember! You introduced me to Greensky that night! That may have been the night I met you, actually. haha

      You win! See my post below! <3


  • Matt Ramsey

    January 17, 2018 #18 Author

    Today is your lucky day folks! I have just enough tickets to make EVERYONE A WINNER!

    Sarah Hoyt
    John Plott
    Scottie VanFleet
    Erin Perkins
    Patricia Patrick
    Stacie Catron
    Matt Gingrich (awwww Kristy….you’re too sweet!)
    James Nimmer (you should never have to buy a Greensky ticket!)

    You will have a ticket in your name at Will Call at the Old National Centre Box Office! All we ask is that you share this post or the event page and let them know IndyMojo loves you!…or something to that effect.

    Much <3 guys! Enjoy the show!


    • Sarah Hoyt

      January 17, 2018 #19 Author

      Awesome! Thank you so much Matt! As always you are the bee’s knees!!


    • Patricia Patrick

      January 18, 2018 #20 Author

      Is it just one free ticket or 2? I’m just wondering as I will have some to give away and want to make sure my husband can still get in.


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