The Michigan-based bluegrass band is not bluegrass in the strictest sense.
Hoffman said it falls somewhere between The Lumineers and Beyoncé.
In the ensemble's early days, a spirited cover of Prince's "When Doves Cry" was an attempt to win over fans at bars where bluegrass was often ignored. "People would hear it and say, 'Hey, I do like the banjo,' " Hoffman said.
Even today, the band, which also sprinkles a liberal helping of traditional songs in its sets, has fun arranging pop songs for bluegrass bands, with the banjo often taking the synth parts. "I am a sucker for pop music," Hoffman said.
Ryan Montbleau Band opens.
When • Sunday, 8 p.m.Where • The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake CityTickets • $15 at thestateroom.com