Posted April 21, 2014 by Tim Stout in Show Reviews

The Infamous Stringdusters // 4-18-14 // Wonder Ballroom


The Infamous Stringdusters toe the line between bluegrass traditionalists and acoustic jam pioneers like none before them; looser than New Grass Revival yet more “buttoned up” than, say, Leftover Salmon.

They brought their brand of energetic picking to the Wonder Ballroom on a Friday night and Portland was happy to welcome them back to a city that they clearly have a spot in their hearts for, and they rewarded the crowd with an almost three hour long performance.

The band chose from mostly originals, spread over all five of their studio albums, including a couple off of Let it Go, which was released earlier this month.  They sprinkled in a couple of covers as well, including Danny Barnes’ “Get it While You Can,” The Police’s “Walking on the Moon,” and “The Band’s “Up on Cripple Creek,” which was performed with Mimi Naja and Jay Cobb Anderson of Portland’s own Fruition, with whom the ‘Dusters recently toured alongside with.

All in all, the show was strong, and further proved why the Infamous Stringdusters are not the best at what they do, they’re the only ones who do what they do (to steal a line from the late great Bill Graham, who was referring to the Grateful Dead when he said it).

Tim Stout

Tim Stout
Co-founder of Portland Live - Tim has been promoting and covering live music for almost fifteen years and feels fortunate to have been born and raised in such a great music city.


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