Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – Concert 1

Wow, what a fantastic concert. That’s about all I can say. It was the first time that I’d seen Grace Potter & The Nocturnals in person, and man, they didn’t let me down at all.

They opened up with a bang with Ah Mary and Stop the Bus, then went through a bunch of the other songs from their latest album, with the fantastic Apologies, Lose Some Time and ended up with Big White Gate. They left the stage, and came on again for a second set, this time of favorites, with Farmer John, the Beatles’s Come Together, If I Was From Paris, Eyes on You and Neil Young’s Cortez the Killer, all pretty much one long jam session that just blew the audience away. She mentioned that If I Was From Paris didn’t make it onto the album, and that it’s one of her favorite songs – It’ll be available when the record comes out, although it is on iTunes as a bonus track. She also mentioned that the song Falling or Flying was featured on Grey’s Anatomy, and that they’ve caught some flack for that. It’s interesting to see how far a local Vermonter has really gone.

The band was also loud. I have some doubts that my hearing will return at all this week.
Grace sounds amazing in person. Her voice is a bit higher than I would have thought from the record, and the speakers just couldn’t keep up with their sound, but man, they’ve got as much energy as a rocket and they really sustained it throughout, all the way to the end. Welcome home, Nocturnals. We know you’re home, you’ve awakened the neighbors, and what a fantastic way to ring in the new album. Can’t wait to see her again on the 19th.
Set List
Ah Mary
Stop the Bus
Apologies
Ain’t No Time
Mr. Columbus
You May See Me
Lose Some Time
Mastermind
Here’s to the Meantime
Falling or Flying
Big White Gate
Unknown – “Girls Say Yeah”
Farmer John
Come Together (The Beatles)
If I Was From Paris
Eye On You
Cortez The Killer (Neil Young)

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