Guitarist Dave Bruzza describes the band Greensky Bluegrass as a brotherhood.
â€œYou have the good and the bad of being a brother of someone,â€ he said. â€œI love it. Thereâ€™s nothing better than it.â€
Greensky Bluegrass, which originated in Michigan 10 years ago, has traveled throughout the country, performing in 48 different states.
Tonight at 8 p.m., the band is putting on a show at Hodiâ€™s Half Note at 167 North College Ave. Tickets cost $15 for those 21 and older and $18 for anyone under 21. They can be purchased at hodishalfnote.com.
â€œWe love playing at Hodiâ€™s,â€ said Anders Beck, who has been a member of the band for about four years. â€œI think weâ€™ve sold out every time. We like going back there. We create some really fun musical moments.â€
Greensky Bluegrassâ€™s songwriting talent is probably what sets it apart from other bands, Beck said.
â€œWe pride ourselves in writing a lot of the music we play. We write really good songs.â€
Cole Hocking, a junior communications major, said he likes bluegrass music because itâ€™s organic.
â€œItâ€™s all acoustic, so it has a very natural feeling to it. Itâ€™s very inherent to Americaâ€™s culture, and itâ€™s kind of a symbol of our past tradition,â€ he said. â€œIt just sounds good, and itâ€™s a whole lot of fun.â€
But Bruzza said Greensky Bluegrass is different from traditional bluegrass music because it is more hard edge. He described it as a â€œrock and roll band in disguise.â€
To create their unique sound, they use bluegrass instruments such as the banjo and mandolin as a basis for their music.
â€œWe use that as a springboard and create our own musical experience for our audience and listeners,â€ Beck said. â€œThereâ€™s lots of jamming and improvisation and musical risk-taking.â€
The sound of the banjo and harmony singing are what charmed Bruzza into falling in love with the music when he was younger. His dad liked bluegrass a lot, and coming from a family of musicians, Bruzza said he has always loved music.
â€œIâ€™ve been playing the guitar for 12 years, and Iâ€™ve been a musician my whole life,â€ he said.
Using music as an outlet for expressing himself is what Beck said he loves most about being a musician.
â€œThe improvisational nature of music is what really excites me the most,â€ he said. â€œI can create something unique and different and something thatâ€™s above myself.â€
The two band members said the people of Fort Collins are partially what make them excited to return to Hodiâ€™s Half Note tonight.
â€œThe crowds are always great and really enthusiastic,â€ Beck said. â€œThey allow us to play our best and be creative.â€
â€œFort Collins is one of the greatest places to go in Colorado,â€ Bruzza added. â€œItâ€™s a beautiful place, and a lot of really wonderful people are there.â€
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