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Jam Central Station: Camp Greensky Preview

May 12, 2018 | Posted by Jeff Modzelewski



Camp Greensky

Finally, a festival thrown by the amazing Greensky Bluegrass! GSBG has been one of the biggest names in the modern bluegrass game for years, and they’re finally joining many of their peers in putting on their own event. They have been the de-facto hosts of Hoxeyville for the past few years, but they’re finally making it official and building their own festival. Featuring 3 nights of Greensky along with many of their friends (and a few surprises), this looks to be the perfect event for Greensky Bluegrass fans as well as folks looking for something new.

Clearly, Greensky Bluegrass are the primary draw here. They will be playing headlining 2-set shows all three nights of the event. This will take the place of their former tradition of opening the Garden stage at Bell’s in Kalamazoo, MI. The band had clearly outgrown that venue, and instead decided to throw their own event.

They’ll be joined by some amazing talent. Trampled By Turtles, Mike Gordon, Fruition, and Jeff Tweedy will all be getting highlighted sets. Billy Strings will also be on the bill, which should lead to some great collaborations between Billy and the band. Other great names include Marco Benevento, The Wood Brothers, The War & Treaty, Rayland Baxter, and Joshua Davis. This is a festival with a heavy Michigan presence but with enough power to attract fans from around the country.

The Hoxeyville grounds in Wellston, MI. If you’ve never been up to Northern Michigan, go. It’s beautiful, and it’s a wonderful place to host a music festival.

May 31-June 2

Because it’s Greensky Bluegrass’s first time hosting a festival. That’s all the reason I need. If you know GSBG you know to expect the unexpected. I plan on this being a weekend full of great music, great people, and tons of fun surprises.

Camp Greensky Lineup



Inaugural Waterloo Festival announces lineup
Austin, TX will host the inaugural Waterloo Festival from September 7-9 at Carson Creek Ranch. The festival will be headlined by 3 nights of The String Cheese Incident. They’ll be joined by Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Railroad Earth, The Motet, Boombox, TAUK, Marco Benevento, and more artists to be named later. Looks like another great event to add to the schedule.

Lockin’ announces collaborations
The Lockn’ Festival announced their 2018 collaborative events this year. Drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late John Bonham, will be joining Umphrey’s McGee for a set, while saxophonist Branford Marsalis will sit in for the first time with Dead & Co. Marsalis joined the Grateful Dead at many shows near the end of their run.

Neil Young announces solo dates
Neil Young will embark on a short solo tour this summer. The 6 dates will take him only to 4 cities.

June 28 – Fox Theatre – St. Louis, Mo.

June 30 – Auditorium Theatre – Chicago

July 1 – Auditorium Theatre – Chicago

July 3 – Fox Theatre – Detroit

July 11 – Wang Theatre – Boston

July 12 – Wang Theatre – Boston

Gov’t Mule add dates
Gov’t Mule announced their summer run of dates for this year. These dates fill out their schedule through August and into early September.

Published: 2018/05/10
Gov’t Mule Announce Summer TourJacob BlickenstaffGov’t Mule have officially confirmed their summer plans with a new batch of headlining dates throughout the US. Adding to their already-announced shows with Magpie Salute, The Avett Brothers and Lukas Nelson, Warren Haynes and company will make stops in the south and the midwest. See below for a video of the band performing “Stone Cold Rage” on Conan as well as a full list of Gov’t Mule tour dates, including the new additions. The band will have a fan club presale for the shows starting Monday, May 14 at 12pm ET.General on sale will start Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. local time.For more information visit Gov’t Mule’s official website.Gov’t Mule Summer Tour
(new dates in bold)June 2 – Atlanta, GA – Candler Park Fest
June 29 – Torgau, DE – Kulturbastion
June 30 – Utrecht, NL – TivoliVredenburg
July 1 – Maidstone, UK – Ramblin’ Man Fair
July 12 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater%
July 13 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center%
July 14 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center%
July 21 – 22 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival
July 24 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark
July 25 – Selbyville, DE – The Freeman Stage at Bayside
July 26 – 27 – Floyd, VA – Floyd Fest
July 28 – Jay, VT – Jay Peak
Aug. 4 – Notodden, NO – Notodden Blues Festival
Aug. 17 – Charlotte, NC – CMCU Amphitheater&
Aug. 18 – Charleston, SC – Volvo Car Stadium&
Aug. 19 – Whites Creek, TN – The Woods Amphitheater&
Aug. 21 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center&
Aug. 23 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center%
Aug. 24 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre%
Aug. 25 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre%
Aug. 26 – Des Moines, IA – Brenton Plaza&
Aug. 28 – Mankata, MN – Vetter Stone Amphitheater&
Aug. 29 – Papillion, NE – SumTur&
Aug. 31 – Park City, UT – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater&
Sept. 2 – Sun Valley, ID – Sun Valley Pavilion^
Sept. 14 -16 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Blues & Brews
Sept. 23 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond%Dark Side of the Mule w/ The Avett Brothers & The Magpie Salute
& with Magpie Salute
^ with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real


May 24-27
Cumberland, MD
The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, The Bluegrass Congress, Old Crow Medicine Show, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The Jerry Douglas Band, The Wood Brothers, Fruition, Billy Strings

Summer Camp
May 25-27
Three Sisters Park
Chillicothe, IL
moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, STS9, Greensky Bluegrass, Beats Antique, EOTO, Everyone Orchestra, Keller Williams, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Lettuce, Slightly Stoopid, Papadosio, Twiddle, Yonder Mountain String Band

Dark Star Jubilee
May 25-27
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
Dark Star Orchestra, Los Lobos, Infamous Stringdusters, Hot Tuna, The Nth Power, Rumpke Mountain Boys

Camp Greensky
May 31-June 2
Wellston, MI
Greensky Bluegrass, Jeff Tweedy, Trampled By Turtles, Fruition, Billy Strings

Purple Hatter’s Ball
June 1-2
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL
Lettuce, Spafford, Breaking Biscuits, Toubab Krewe, The Heavy Pets, Southern Ave.

Music on the Mothership
June 1-3
Taos, NM
moe., Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Rising Appalachia, Antibalas, Assembly of Dust, Fruition, Nicki Bluhm, Melvin Seals

June 7-10
Manchester, TN
Eminem, Muse, The Killers, Bassnectar, The Revivalists, Rebelution, STS9, Mavis Staples, Trombone Shorty, Spafford, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Blue Ox Music Festival
June 14-16
Eau Claire, WI
Greensky Bluegrass, The Devil Makes Three, Sam Bush, Del McCoury Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Margo Price, Billy Strings

Mountain Jam
June 15-17
Hunter Mountain, NY
Jack Johnson, Sturgill Simpson, alt-J, The War On Drugs, Portugal. The Man, The Decembrists, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Rag n’ Bone Man, Turkuaz, The Record Company

Electric Forest Weekend 1
June 21-24
Double JJ Ranch & Resort
Rothbury, MI
The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Chromeo, Xavier Rudd, Andy Frasco & The UN, Aqueous, Big Something, Corey Henry & The Funk Apostles, Everyone Orchestra, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Manic Focus, Shook Twins, The Main Squeeze, The Werks, The Nth Power, Toubab Krewe, Turkuaz

Road Jam
June 22-23
Two Roads Brewing Company
Stratford, CT
Lotus, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Motet, TAUK

Electric Forest Weekend 2
June 28-July 1
Double JJ Ranch & Resort
Rothbury, MI
The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Chromeo, Xavier Rudd, Aqueous, Big Something, Corey Henry & The Funk Apostles, Everyone Orchestra, Fruition, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Manic Focus, Shook Twins, The Main Squeeze, The Werks, The Nth Power, Toubab Krewe, Turkuaz

High Sierra
July 5-8
Quincy, CA
String Cheese Incident, Sturgill Simpson, Lettuce, The Wood Brothers, Turkuaz, Lotus, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Twiddle, Fruition, Spafford

Camp Bisco
July 12-14
Montage Mountain
Scranton, PA
The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Excision, Bonobo, The Floozies, Lettuce, TAUK, Lotus, Papadosio

The Ride Festival
July 14-15
Telluride, CO
The String Cheese Incident, Sheryl Crow, Grace Potter, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Big Something

Peach Festival
July 19-22
Montage Mountain
Scranton, PA
Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Gov’t Mule, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Dicky Betts, moe., Twiddle, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Blackberry Smoke, Turkuaz, Leftover Salmon, The Main Squeeze,

Northwest String Summit
July 19-22
Horning’s Hideout
North Plains, OR
Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Keller Williams, Fruition, Mandolin Orange, Steep Canyon Rangers

July 25-29
Floyd, VA
Foster the People, The Infamous Stringdusters, Hiss Golden Messenger

Element Music Festival
July 26-29
Snug Lake Ampitheatre
British Columbia
Lotus, Spafford, Particle

Werk Out Festival
August 2-4
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
The Werks, Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, Papadosio, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Twiddle, Turkuz

Summer Meltdown Festival
August 2-5
Darrington, WA
Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce, Beats Antique, Papadosio, Twiddle, Pimps of Joytime

August 17-19
Wellston, VA
Dawes, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Billy Strings, Larry Keel, Steppin’ In It, Jon Stickney Trio, The Crane Wives

August 23-26
Arrington, VA
Dead & Company, Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Sheryl Crow, Lettuce, George Clinton & P-Funk, Blues Traveler, Matisyahu, Spafford, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Waterloo Festival
September 8-9
Carson Creek Ranch
Austin, TX
The String Cheese Incident (3 nights), Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Railroad Earth, The Motet, Boombox, TAUK, Marco Benevento

FreshGrass Festival
September 14-16
North Adams, MA
Trampled By Turtles, Yonder Mountain String Band, Indigo Girls, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Steep Canyon Rangers

The Festy Experience
October 5-7
Arrington, VA
Greensky Bluegrass, Gillian Welch, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush Band, Della Mae, Fruition, Carbon Leaf, Bonnie Paine

Hillberry Music Festival
October 11-14
Railroad Earth, Trampled By Turtles, Sam Bush, Lettuce, The Wood Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Billy Strings, Split Lip Rayfield

Strings & Sol
December 7-11
Puerto Morelos, MX
Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon

Winter Wondergrass Vermont
December 14-16
Stratton, VT

Tropical Throe.down
January 10-14
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
moe., The New Mastersounds, Big Something

International Incident
January 25-28
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
The String Cheese Incident, Keller Williams

Winter Wondergrass Colorado
February 22-24
Steamboat Springs, CO

Winter Wondergrass California
March 29-31
Squaw Valley, CA


Thanks again for stopping by. I’ll be back next week with more jam. Until then, check me out on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute concert announcements. Until next week, Jam On!