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Greensky Bluegrass performing in Salt Lake on Sabbath

Published March 1, 2013 3:06 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

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 CityTickets • $15 at thestateroom.com