Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
August 22, 2012
State Theatre – Portland, Maine
Photos by: Tom Couture
I think we can safely say that Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are no longer Vermont’s best kept secret. The sexy, soulful songstress and her night owl band have had quite a summer. Just since we last saw them in March the band set out on Th Bonnaroo Buzz Tour leading up to their performance at Bonnaroo, played Lollapalooza, and most recently stunning the crowd at their own Grand Point North Festival in Burlington, Vermont with a guest appearance by country superstar Kenny Chesney.
For Potter, her destiny as a rock star seems pretty evident. She bounds on to the stage with enough energy to fuel a small country and immediately the crowd is transfixed on her enthusiasm and love for what she does. She’s moved from clubs to sheds and most recently sold out the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston – a much deserved feat.
There’s a lot more to Grace than meets the eye though. Don’t let the short skirts and sparkly heels fool you, she’s no one trick pony. Her song writing runs the gamut from classic rock tunes channeling her inner Janis Joplin meets Ann Wilson spirt to radio ready pop infused rockers like “Paris”. She refused to get bogged down by one genre and that’s part of her mass appeal – she offers up a little something for everyone on a shiny, sequinned, rocking platter whether she’s playing the piano, hitting the high notes or just banging on a tambourine.
Her set in Boston reached back to the band’s debut release Nothing But The Water in 2005 and included a little bit of everything off of each of their releases since including an encore performance of “Ah Mary” from 2007′s This Is Somewhere.
While her rise to the top has been slow and subtle, there’s nothing subtle about Grace. She’s done things her own way and in doing so has endeared herself to her legions of fans who applaud her genuine nature and deliciously rocking good tunes.
Check out our photos from the show in Boston!
Grace Potter and The Nocturnals
August 20, 2011
Bank of America Pavilion – Boston, MA
Photos by: Mary Ouellette
The inaugural “Bonnaroo Buzz Tour Presented By StubHub!” tour was recently announced. The 13-date tour is confirmed to begin at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, on May 17th and play intimate venues on the way down to Bonnaroo. Confirmed to perform are Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Futurebirds, Gary Clark Jr., The Black Box Revelation and comedian Julian McCullough.
Bonnaroo Buzz Tour Dates:
May 17 – Asbury Park, NY – Stone Pony
May 18 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
May 21 – Oxford, MS – Lyric Oxford
May 22 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room
May 24 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
May 27 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theater
May 28 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
May 29 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
May 30 – Macon, GA – Capitol Theater
June 4 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
June 8 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre
June 9 – Charleston, WV – Clay Center
For ticketing info and all the details on the tour visit their official website here.
For New England music fanatics, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals seem to have been music’s best kept secret for quite some time now. While New England is known for churning out some of music’s best, Vermont’s Grace Potter seemed to fly under the radar for quite some time considering you’d be hard pressed to find a more charismatic, energetic, engaging leading lady. And lead she does, from the moment she hits the stage she commands it like a star. Oh and her band? Not too shabby either, in fact, her band has their OWN band. Yep, they’re that good! If you get to the shows early enough you’ll be able to catch Blues and Lasers featuring GPN’s guitarist Scott Tournet, drummer Matt Burr, and rhythm guitarist Benny Yurco.
In the past few years it’s been fun to watch GPN’s popularity grow and after last night’s sold out show at the House of Blues in Boston I guess you could say the secret’s out! GPN will close out this leg of their tour and play some festivals before heading back out on the road in June where you can catch them at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston on August 20th. You can check out all their live show listings here and check out our gallery of photos from their recent Boston show below.
Grace Potter and the Noturnals
March 26, 2011
House of Blues – Boston, MA
Photos by: Mary Ouellette
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
December 10, 2010
Pearl Street Ballroom – Northampton, MA
Photos by: Dave Barnum
The always ferocious Grace Potter and the Nocturnals made their triumphant return to the Pearl Street Ballroom in Northampton, MA to a SOLD OUT crowd. Way to work it girl! Check out our gallery from the show below to get a little taste of what a Grace Potter show feels like. (Then get your butt to a show! Here are the dates, go – now!)