Grace Potter & The Nocturnals is a band with vintage rock and roll blood coursing through its very heart. If there are those unfamiliar with the band, or who think it’s just a glam chick band, or are under the impression that all they play are ballads of the kind featured on Grey’s Anatomy or Dawson’s Creek, I have come to pass down The Word: live on stage, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals will rock your gypsy soul.
If you need a Dead connection, look no further than Potter joining Bob Weir, Warren Haynes and others on stage at the newly reopened Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY two weeks ago for a jam that included “Jack Straw,” “Bird Song” and several other tunes. The Dead may be on the outer edge of Grace Potter’s repertoire, but GPN is a band that seems to have been created from magic pixie dust that fell off a host of the Dead’s contemporaries – the Stones, The Band, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin and other gods – and reconstituted itself decades later in the form of a young, hard-rocking band up in them there Vermont hills.
The Avett Brothers blazed through a 15-song set at Grand Point North, highlighted by spirited versions of “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise,” “Go To Sleep,” “Kick Drum Heart,” and “Live and Die,” – the last of these being the first single off of their most recent album, The Carpenter, released just last week. To be sure, this is a band that’s not afraid of the straight, unadorned ballad; “Murder In The City,” a stark homage to family and faith sung alone on stage by Scott Avett, is a popular staple of their live shows, and “February 7,” another new track off of The Carpenter, was well-received by the festival crowd. But, like Springsteen, the Avetts don’t like to go too long without getting people back up on their feet. They closed out their set with “Talk of Indolence,” a brash country-punk rocker that shifts speed about four different times and includes a refrain that may just sum up The Avett Brothers better than anything I could come up with: “Because we had to/Because I loved you/Because the damned alcohol/Because what ever at all.”
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