Photos and review: Punch Brothers at the Bluebird Theater in Denver - Reverb

Live review: Punch Brothers @ the Bluebird Theater

The five-piece progressive bluegrass band known as Punch Brothers played their first of two nights at the Bluebird Theater on Monday.

Led by mandolinist Chris Thile (of Nickel Creek fame), the group sets out each show to turn bluegrass into new grass. Awful pun intended.

“This morning we were at sea level,” joked Thile, who kept a running gag about trying to sing in the high altitude and the haze of marijuana smoke that formed above the crowd.

The show had what can best be described as a “live radio” feel. The members made a half-circle on stage, each at their own microphone. No amplifiers and no drums. By their dress they look like the Oxford University History department faculty from a 1950s. Bow ties and button ups — in colors from the wide rainbow of beige.

The talent is undeniable. Masters at their craft, very charming and very funny.

Highlights of the show included the title track off their new album, “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” as well as “This Girl” and “Rye Whiskey” from their second album, “Antifogmatic.”

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Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.

Michael McGrath is a Denver area photographer. His work is available at Twist and Shout Records. Visit his website.

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