Infamous Stringdusters Give Performance that Fires on All Cylinders

The Infamous Stringdusters are one of the best bluegrass acts around today. Hot off their Grammy win for their latest studio album, “Laws Of Gravity,” the band has been touring the country to support the album.

On Friday night, the quintet made their first stop in Bethlehem, headlining the Southside Arts & Music Festival wristband stages.

Right off the bat, the group dove into an old but goodie, “I Won’t Be Coming Back,” led by fiddle player Jeremy Garrett and bassist Travis Book. From there, things started to heat up during the ninety minute headlining set with a rousing rendition of “Mountain Town,” written by dobro player extraordinaire, Andy Hall. His masterful work during the tune had the crowd in awe on Friday evening. “Porcupine Cove,” penned by one of the best flatpicking guitarists in the scene, Andy Falco, featured a nice “jam sesh” between Falco and banjo player Chris Pandolfi, as well as an ode to The Grateful Dead with a tease of “Bird Song.”

One of the many highlights in the set was a great rendition of legendary banjo player Danny Barnes’ “Water Wagon.” The guys then continued to fire on all cylinders during a long, extended version of “Well Well” from their self titled release. During the solos, the band members showed the utmost respect for the music — and each other — by huddling around the soloing musician.

Happy with a job well-done, the Infamous Stringdusters sent the crowd into the crisp, cool Bethlehem air with the Bob Dylan classic, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.”

Whether this was your first live experience with The Infamous Stringdusters, or you’ve been a fan for many years, there are a couple things that were certain on Friday evening: The five members left everything on the stage, and their love for their music and building a tight knit music community is a labor of love. With over a decade under their belts, this group of fine gentlemen will keep building onto their community and legacy for many years to come.

Listen to the full performance here (Credit: Tom Piaia):


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