Mandolin Mastery! Sam Bush at City Winery Chicago (March 11, 2023)

Sam Bush is touring supporting his latest album, Radio John: Songs of John Hartford. It’s full of covers including “In Tall Buildings”, which he plays early in the set. He sings “So it’s goodbye to the sunshine / Goodbye to the dew / Goodbye to the flowers / And goodbye to you / I’m off to the subway / I must not be late / I’m going to work in tall buildings”. It’s a beautiful song about what you give up to go work in an office.

Parents are spotted shuffling out their kids right as he begins to play “Granny Wontcha Smoke Some Marijuana”. “When it gets dry and you wanna get high, I gotta clean them seeds just one more time.” This is such a fun bluegrass song that puts a smile on everyone’s face.

“Dinosaur Birthday” is a song by the banjo player, Wes Corbett. It was inspired by the party his wife through him for his 30th birthday, which was dinosaur themed, because she knows him so well. It’s a very fun and happy bluegrass tune.

To close out the set, they play a long jam that includes many melodies from different songs including “Midnight Rider” by The Allman Brothers Band. Sam Bush also lays down some lightening fast mandolin playing.  It’s a great rocking way to end the set.

Cost of a ticket: $53 (Middle)

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It –

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn Delaney

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