Last night, Greensky Bluegrass hit Washington, DC for the first of their three nights at the 9:30 Club with friends Fruition. Greensky certainly rose to the occasion, putting together a solid show that inevitably will get fans stoked for the next two nights. In honor of Groundhog’s Day and in keeping with tradition, the band opened with “Groundhog.”Moving into the second set, the band was fired up, busting out “Cold Feet” to kick things off after set break for a stacked second set. After “Can’t Stop Now,” which featured quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech,” the band began a cover of The Wood Brother’s “Luckiest Man.” For this track, Mimi Naja and Jay Cobb Anderson of supporting band Fruition joined Greensky. Following this sit-in, Greensky busted out “Freeborn Man,” during which Michael Bont threw down an inspiring solo.The rest of the second set was a non-stop scorcher, which saw Mimi Naja return for “Worried About The Weather.” You can watch video of last night’s “Freeborn Man” below, courtesy of Troy Laur.You can see the setlist, courtesy of Lucas White, as well as a full gallery from Mark Raker below.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | 9:30 Club | Washington, DC | 2/2/2017Set 1: Groundhog (1) 》 Handle with Care, Depot Bay, Take Cover, Better Off, Reverend, Crying Holy Unto the Lord, While Waiting, All FourSet 2: Cold Feet, In Control > Can’t Stop Now (2), Luckiest Man (3)(4), Freeborn Man (5)(6) 》The Four, Wheel Hoss, Forget Everything (7), Worried About the Weather (8) 》Foxy Lady 》Worried about the WeatherE: Fixin’ to Ruin (9)Notes: (1) “Reuben’s Train” teases, (2) Martin Luther King “Dream” speech quotes, (3) With Jay Cobb Anderson and Mimi Naja, (4) “Say It Ain’t So” quotes, (5) Anders vocal mirror guitar during opening, (6) “Paint It Black” teases, (7) With Mimi Naja on harmony vocals, (8) “Dark Star’ teases, (9) Kevin Gregory on vibraslap Load remaining images
More than 1,000 young beef cattle took a special trip to Kansas last fall as a part of the GeorgiaBeef Challenge. Those cattle and their predecessors provided information that helped the Georgia beef industryearn $10 million more in 1994 than in years past. The state’s cattle are still sold at a discount, but the rate has dropped to 4 percent, dramaticallyincreasing Georgia beef farmers’ income. “The ideal would be a combination of heavy muscling with the minimum acceptable marbling fortenderness,” Stewart said. The Challenge continues into the 1995-96 calf season. With the next group of calves to beshipped out this month, Stewart expects producers to consign about a thousand animals to theprogram. Over the past decade, consumers have demanded leaner, tenderer beef at the grocery store. Butfarmers can’t find out how lean their animals are unless they follow them through the feedlot andpacking house. The program is providing benefits all around: the feedlots are getting better-quality calves fromGeorgia, beef lovers are getting better steaks and roasts, and (the benefit that makes it all work)Georgia farmers are getting more money for their cattle. Randolph County beef farmer Bobby Lovett found the Challenge enlightening. “It should be veryevident to people whose calves don’t perform well that they need to make some changes — mostlikely, genetic changes,” he said. After finding out why Georgia farmers receive less money for similar animals, Stewart worked toset up the Challenge with the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, the U.S. Department ofAgriculture Market News, and Hitch Feeders II, a Garden City, Kan., feedlot. Producers usually base the value of their bull selections on how much money they take homefrom the buying point. Stewart said those numbers don’t always tell the whole story. The Challenge does just that. “Because of that reputation, Southeastern farmers’ beef prices were discounted by 7 percent,”Stewart said. Over the years, that discount has cost the Georgia beef industry millions of dollars. Then, after slaughter, each animal’s fat percentage, rib eye area score and other facts are added toits record. “I think it’s making better cattlemen out of all of us,” Lovett said. “The Georgia Beef Challenge is a method for these cattlemen to see where their genetics are atthis point in time,” said Robert Stewart, an animal scientist with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service. Stewart began the program just four years ago to eliminate the reputation Southeastern calves hadfor being inferior to beef produced in other parts of the country. Some cattle are more heavily muscled with very little fat. Others lay extra fat within the muscle– this marbling makes meat tenderer, but higher in fat. Stewart said most industry trends start at the feedlot and packing houses, “and we’re far removedfrom there, so we may miss some of that information.” “It’s the only reasonable way that they can get feedback on what their genetics are producing andcontributing to the industry,” he said. The news is not always good for the farmer. “It’s going to point out his strengths and weaknesses,and we have to emphasize them both,” Stewart said. Consumers want beef that’s lean and tender. Armed with information from the Georgia BeefChallenge, a farmer can adjust his genetic program to aim for that perfect combination. Cattle in the program travel to the Kansas feedlot, where assistants record the daily weight gainof each animal as the cattle mature. The county Extension office has information about producing beef and including beef in ahealthy, well-balanced diet.