Greensky Bluegrass performing in Salt Lake on Sabbath
Published: March 1, 2013 03:06PM
Updated: March 1, 2013 03:08PM
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Can someone please tell Paul Hoffmann and the other members of Greensky Bluegrass that the Red Iguana is open on Sundays?

During a recent interview, I accidentally told Hoffman, the band’s mandolin player, that the restaurant was closed on the Sabbath.

My bad.

The Michigan-based bluegrass band is not bluegrass in the strictest sense.

Hoffman said it falls somewhere between The Lumineers and Beyoncé.

In the ensemble’s early days, a spirited cover of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” was an attempt to win over fans at bars where bluegrass was often ignored. “People would hear it and say, ‘Hey, I do like the banjo,’ ” Hoffman said.

Even today, the band, which also sprinkles a liberal helping of traditional songs in its sets, has fun arranging pop songs for bluegrass bands, with the banjo often taking the synth parts. “I am a sucker for pop music,” Hoffman said.

Ryan Montbleau Band opens.

When • Sunday, 8 p.m.
Where • The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Tickets • $15 at thestateroom.com