Washington DC 1-27-23 Review by Dan Rozman Photography by Mark Raker Photography

On Friday night January 27th, The Anthem in Washington DC put the full Jam in Jamgrass.

With a near capacity attendance, two classic jamgrass bands, Greensky Bluegrass and Railroad Earth, lit up the house. It was Railroad Earth’s (RRE) first time playing The Anthem and the energy was contagious. They opened with a truly inspirational version of “Like A Buddha.” It was the first RRE DC appearance for Dave Speranza playing Upright and Electric bass. The band was tight, it was as though they were reading each other’s minds on the stage. The hour passed in a matter of minutes. 

Check out the full gallery of photos of this night by Mark Raker here.

After a brief set change Greensky Bluegrass (GSBG) came on strong with “All For Money” and kept it going for the entire set. When they played their Tarpology, One Slip, Tarp reprise jam the fans were mesmerized. They finished the first set with a special version of “Let it Grow” joined by Tim Carbone and John Skehan. 

When “Jaywalking” started the second set the crowd was drawn immediately back into the show. Todd Sheaffer joined them for “Hunting Song”  which was on RRE’s album Elko.

Before playing “The Four” the band gave a shout out to a fan who was celebrating his 100th GSBG concert. They finished the show with “Room Without a Roof” and Courage For the Road”

They encored playing  “Tonight I’ll Be Here With You” and then promised to be back again Saturday night to do it again with Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country as the opener. The acoustics at The Anthem were excellent and the light show was amazing. The band said the Anthem shows are one of their favorite weekends of the year and it showed. Mike Honig, who was celebrating his birthday said “The only thing better than Railroad Earth or Greensky Bluegrass on your birthday at The Anthem is when they’re both in the house!! Both bands were hitting on all cylinders and the crowd was totally engaged.  What an awesome celebration.  Thanks RRE and Greensky Bluegrass!”

Set Lists provide by the Bands.

Railroad Earth (in support of Greensky Bluegrass)

Like A Buddha>

Stillwater Getaway

It’s So Good>

Mighty River

Bird in a House>

Runnin’ Wild

Cold Water

Greensky Bluegrass

Set one:

All For Money

Cryin Holy Unto The Lord

Congratulations and Condolences

Wish I Didn’t Know

Tarpology > One Slip > Tarp reprise

Past My Prime

Let it Grow ( With Tim Carbone and John Skehan)

Set two:


Absence of Reason

Murder of Crows

Hunting Song (with Todd Sheaffer)

Burn Them

The Four

Train Junkie

Room Without A Roof

Courage for the Road

Encore: Tonight I’ll Be Here With You

Check out the full gallery of photos of this night by Mark Raker here.

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