Greensky Bluegrass blew minds at the Northwest String Summit this year with their mix of bluegrass, rock, and psychedelia. Due to the early (but healthy) arrival of Mike Devol‘s newborn son Jude, the bassist understandably tapped out of the gig to be home with his family. In his stead, Greensky invited friend and top-notch bassist in his own right, Johnny Grubb, to sub in at the last minute. After numerous gigs with bands across the scene, Grub was the perfect choice to handle the low end. The substitute bassist seemed to really enjoy vocal duties as well, sporting a wry grin on his face every time he approached the mic. No stranger to the Northwest String Summit, Grub was welcomed back to Horning’s Hideout with open arms and uproarious cheers. The rest of Greensky also stepped up to the challenge, with banjo guru Michael Bont leading the way. That is not to say that mandolin player Paul Hoffman wasn’t giving folks chills, Dave Bruzza wasn’t filling out the sound wave with his full-bodied guitar, and Anders Beck wasn’t melting faces as usual, of course. Rather, Bont’s cranky banjo tone just seemed to saw through the mix a little bit sharper than usual.Watch Yonder Mountain Perform All Of Pink Floyd’s 1971 Classic ‘Meddle’ At Northwest String SummitLuckily, you don’t don’t have to take our word for it. Our own Rex Thomson was on hand filming all weekend (including Yonder Mountain String Band’s Pink Floyd tribute set). Check out Rex’s clips from both of Greensky Bluegrass’s sets over the weekend ahead of his full review to see how well Greensky and the talented Mr. Grubb did on such short notice. The clips are below, including a set-closing heart-warming welcome to the newest member of the Greensky family, sung by the band and the crowd to the Devol family via the simulcast. Enjoy!“Out Of Control-Headed For A Breakdown”“Windshield”“Four-Hey Jude Outro”
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Follow Euno on Twitter @eunowhat Three members of the USC men’s tennis team participated in the Battle at the Bay Tournament in San Francisco, Calif. over the weekend.Freshman Nick Crystal had a strong showing at the tournament, reaching the quarterfinals before falling to Cal freshman Andre Goransson, 6-3, 7-5.Sophomore Max de Vroome and junior Eric Johnson were both ousted in the Round of 32 at the tournament.USC head coach Peter Smith stayed positive about his players’ performance in the tournament, saying that the individual tournament was more of a tune-up for the rigors of the spring team schedule.“You really just want to give kids a chance to be successful. We’ve got different tournaments coming up, and it’s just about getting them reps, really,” Smith said.The importance of individual tournaments is also compounded for de Vroome, who suffered from a devastating wrist injury late last season and has had to rehabilitate during the offseason. This weekend was the sophomore’s second tournament since returning from the injury in which he was able to play at full speed. Smith said despite the loss, the signs were encouraging.“He’s only been really hitting for two weeks, so he still has to get the rust out,” Smith said.There were no such injury issues for Johnson, who has struggled since midway through last season. Johnson began the 2012 season ranked No. 61 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and finished the season ranked No. 85. It was a difficult tournament for the junior, who had a No. 2 seeding and a first round bye only to suffer a crushing exit in the second round at the hands of Stanford sophomore Anthony Tsodikov by a score of 6-0, 6-4.The USC men’s tennis team is coming off a disappointing season in which they began the 2012 season as the ITA’s No. 2 ranked team and the defending NCAA Champions and ended the season bowing out of the 2013 NCAA Tournament in the quarterfinals to No. 5 Ohio State. Despite this, Smith denies that the players’ subpar performance in the individual tournaments has anything to do with an emotional letdown from last season.“Neither [Johnson nor de Vroome] played much tennis since July, so that’s why they were out there — to get matches,” Smith said.Johnson and de Vroome might have to shake off some rust between now and the beginning of the team season next spring, but one player has impressed Smith coming off the offseason — senior Michael Grant. Grant has shown great strides in improving areas of his game and, according to Smith, looks poised for a huge senior year. When asked whether Grant had undergone a special training regimen in the offseason to warrant such optimism, Smith was playful in response.“I don’t know what the heck he did. He didn’t work with me over the summer — maybe that was the key,” Smith said, laughing.Hopefully the Trojans have much more to laugh about in the coming weeks as the individual tournaments and “reps” yield more favorable results. Johnson, de Vroome, Grant and the rest of the USC men’s tennis team will participate in the ITA Southwest Regional Championships in Malibu from Oct. 19 to Oct. 22.