Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Add 4th Higher Ground Date

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are returning to Burlington Vermont for their annual New Year's Eve run at Higher Ground. The band originally booked three shows, December 28, 29 and 31 offering fans a discounted three day pass, but when these three shows sold out the band and venue announced a fourth show for January 1, TICKETS are on sale now.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (GPN) are coming off an amazing year. And what better way to celebrate than with the home town fans!

This Waitsfield Vermont based band released their self titled album "Grace Potter and the Nocturnals" this past summer and since then these kids from Vermont are on a rock and roll rocket heading for the stars.

The Nocturnals have appeared on national TV many times:
Ellen twice with "Tiny Light" and again for "Paris" ;

The Tonight Show with Leno twice with "Paris" then Potter sitting in with the band;

On Jimmey Kimmell performing "Paris" and "Medicine";

Recently they performed on Vh1 Divas Salute to the Troops with the legendary rockers HEART.

Earlier in the year Potter recorded a duet with Kenny Chesney-"You and Tequila".

And, the kids from Vermont will be on David Letterman TONIGHT (set your DVRs)

The band has had two songs in feature films: a remake of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" (a song that Paste Magazine lists as the 14th BEST remake of 2010) in Tim Burton's film Alice in Wonderland/Almost Alice soundtrack
and a song in the Disney movie Tangled.

The Nocturnals' song "Paris" is also being used to promote the new NBC superhero drama "The Cape" airing in January 2011.

Management has confirmed that Potter will be performing the National Anthem at the New York Knicks/Chicago Bulls basketball game on Christmas Day on ESPN at noon.

This band is soaring into the stratosphere! Their tour schedule is posted on their site with more dates being added. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

Catch them on the road if you can and you will not be disappointed. Their ticket pricing is extremely reasonable for the show they put on. It will be "worth the price of admission!"

 But for those of us who have been following this band for years, we're just happy to get see them for four nights next week at Higher Ground while they are taking a rest and refuel in the green mountain state!

The burning question for the Vermont crowd attending the New Year's Eve Higher Ground show is which movie (if any) will the band pick for this year's show??

 GPN started this "tradition" a few years back performing during their second set skits from various movies. Previous performances include:
"Dazed and Confused", "The Royal Tannebaums" and last year's "Top Gun." The skits end with a champagne toast at midnight, followed by an encore with friends and family onstage with the band.

By now the hints are usually being dropped but so far the fans are in the dark. Let's hope these future mega-stars will continue this crazy, creative tradition for the Vermont fans rabid to enjoy a different side to the band that some may think are going "Hollywood". Might we go so far as to suggest either "The Breakfast Club" or "The Big Chill".

Skit or no skit, this year GPN has lots to celebrate and their devoted fans (The Potterville Posse) will be front and center toasting them!

More Photos of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Photos by Nanci

Check out this very cool site for all things GPN--This is Somewhere

Monday, December 6, 2010

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals & Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart: "Rockin' in the Free World"

In this bonus performance you didn't see on TV, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals & Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart perform 'Rockin' in the Free World' at VH1 Divas: Salute the Troops.

More GPN performance videos:

More HEART photos at:
More Grace Potter and the Nocturnals photos at:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt on Tour TOGETHER

 An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt are hitting the road together this January and February. Dates have been announced on John Hiatt's Website.
There is a PRE-SALE going on NOW on Hiatt's website as well, PRE-SALE TICKETS
This show is one not to miss if you like good song writing, good story telling and entertaining banter between two very interesting guys. Get your tickets quickly these shows are bound to sell out!

More photos of Lyle and John can be viewed on my web pages:
John Hiatt Photos by Nanci
Lyle Lovett Photos by Nanci

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Guitar Heroes, A Concert Photo Exhibit

Beginning November 3, The Weathersfield Proctor Library, 5181 Rte 5 Ascutney VT, will host a photo exhibit of some of my concert photographs.

The exhibit includes 20 photos, color and black & white, of various guitar slingers. Included in the exhibit are: Jimmy Buffett, Bruce Springsteen, Angus Young, John Fogerty, David Crosby, Tom Petty and more.

For library hours please visit:

For more concert photos, please visit my site:

The exhibit runs through the winter. This event is FREE and open to the public!

Monday, September 13, 2010

The NOCS rock Ridgefield Playhouse

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals rocked the house at the Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield CT Sunday night September 12, 2010.
The Nocturnals took the stage at 8:15 and got the crowd clapping. Catherine Popper, on bass, looked like an Egyptian Princess! The guys were in their usual suits but Scott Tournet was sporting a new haircut/style.
Grace Potter walk on stage in leopard print wedge heels looking like a Greek Goddess; much to the delight of the fans in the Playhouse.
They broke into "That Phone" and rocked 45 minutes ending the first set with "Tiny Light".
After a 20 minute break, the Acoustic Trio-Potter, Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco returned to the stage for acoustic renditions of  "Ain't no Time" from their  album "This Is Somewhere" and "Treat Me Right" off the "Nothing But The Water" album.
Burr and Popper re-joined the trio and the band kicked it in with "Fooling Myself". The band played until 10-ish then returned for encores of "White Rabbit", "Paris" and "Nothing but the Water"
Good Nocturnals show--very high energy and good audience response to the new third CD self-titled, "Grace Potter and the Nocturnals". The set list consisted mostly of the new CD songs. This reporter would prefer more OLD songs but we take what we can get. The Nocturnals energy and performances still made the six hour round trip drive worth it!!
Set list:
That Phone
One Short Night
Low Road
Ah Mary
Tiny Light
Aint' No Time (Acoustic Trio)
Treat Me Right (Acoustic Trio)
Fooling Myself
Goodbye Kiss
Only Love
Hot Summer Night
Stop The Bus
White Rabbit
Nothing But The Water

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals appeared as part of the Doyle Coffin Architecture sponsored "Singer Songwriter Series". The performance was also sponsored by the Peak 107.1

The Ridgefield Playhouse, Celebrating 10 years!
More photos from the performance on my web page:

Friday, September 10, 2010

Class of 2011 It's time...Senior Portraits!!

Class Of 2011--it's time to schedule your session for your Senior Portrait with Photos by Nanci.

Your Session includes: One hour photo session at a location of your choice and a disc of your photos. In addition, you will have the right to use the photos as you choose.
Email today only a few sessions remain available:

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Wolf Returns!!

Peter Wolf
Tupelo Music Hall
Londonderry NH
September 25, 26, 2010

Peter Wolf, the legendary front man for the J. Geils Band returns to Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry NH for two nights, Saturday September 25 and Sunday September 26.  Tickets are on sale now!!! Get 'em quick, the last show sold out!!!

Wolf is on the road with his band The Midnight Traveler's, Duke Levine-guitars, Jon Carroll-keys, Marty Richards-drums, Marty Ballou-bass, and Kevin Barry-guitars.

Wolf and the J.Geils Band got rave reviews for their performance as the opening act for Aerosmith at Fenway Park in August.

Got my tickets, do you have yours???
Now if we could just J. Geils Band to play Tupelo.....

My review of the May 2010 show is at : Wolf

Photos of Peter Wolf are at: Wolf Photos by Nanci

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band opened the 2010 Champlain Valley Expo last night, August 28.

The "very" large band performed for close to two hours to a fairly good sized crowd. Ticket sales had been slow but by show time a crowd of couple thousand was in attendance. Lovett played a few from his new CD "Natural Forces" and also many old favorites including:
"I Will Rise Up"
"Up in Indiana"
"My Baby Don't Tolerate"
and my personal favorite "If I Had A Boat."

Nice way to start off the fair!
Photos are posted on my page: lylelovettVT08282010.html
Also a few shots from the fair: ChamplainValleyExpo.html

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, CNS opens at SPAC

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Crosby, Stills and Nash August 27, 2010

David Crosby

 Images from last night's Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers show at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga NY with Crosby, Stills and Nash have been posted. The show was great. CNS played for 1:25 minutes and Petty and the Boys played for 1:40. Great set lists! More later. And I got a Mike Campbell pick!!
Mike and Tom

Photos will be posted on my web pages:
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Crosby, Stills and Nash

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Boston Red Sox Beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8/22/2010-Photos Posted!

Rain Delay AGAIN

The Boston Red Sox played game three of a three game series Sunday August 22 against the Toronto Blues Jays. The game was delayed about two (2) hours because of rain then the umps. stopped the game in the third inning due to rain. This delay lasted about one hour.

Clay Buchholz

Starting pitcher Clay Buchholz was masterful, hit pitched 6 innings, giving up only 5 hits, no runs, with 7 strike-outs and only 3 walks.

Buchholz had help  from Daniel Bard and Felix Doubront and run support from Bill Hall, Adrian Beltre, Big Papi, Marco Scutaro and Ryan Kalish.

Photos from the game are posted on my web page:
Our Captain, Jason Varitek

Doesn't TEK look good sitting in the Manager's Seat......

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Photos Posted in August so far..Red Sox, Shelby Lynne, Sheryl Crow, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals....

Ah, the dog days of Summer!!
Clay Buchholz
August 1 found Photos by Nanci at Fenway parking watching the Boston Red Sox taking on the Detroit Tigers. Damon wasn't playing, Ordonez wasn't playing but it was still a close game until Scutaro hit a bunt walk off RBI--WHAT??

More photos from the game are on my page:

Hey Mama, Featuring Avi and Celia
Every summer the Lebanon Rec Department host the Front Porch Music series that is sponsored by my favorite radio station THE POINT FM and on August 8 the series brought HEY MAMA, featuring Avi and Celia to the Green in Lebanon NH.

More photos of the crowd and the show are on my page:

More photos of Avi and Celia are on my page:

Shelby Lynne
August 6 found Photos by Nanci at one of her favorite venues to see/hear live music TUPELO MUSIC HALL in Londonderry NH. Scott Hayward runs a great place here and he's opening a Tupelo White River VT in October!! THANK YOU SCOTT!! Anyway back to August 6, Shelby Lynne was at Tupelo; heard her recently on a duet with Peter Wolf on his new CD and thought I should check this woman out. She may be small but she is a powerhouse musician!

More photos from the show are on my page:

Something new for Photos by Nanci happened the weekend of August 7-8 at Storrs Pond in Hanover NH. The Stoaked Off Road Triathlon. I was asked by the race director to take photos of the events of the weekend and who knew photographing something other than concerts could be so much fun!!

Lots more photos from the weekend are posted on my website Stoaked Tri Photos with some special pricing for the racers to purchase photos of themselves.

And speaking of pricing, I've updated my prices and ways of payment, Photos by Nanci now uses PayPal! Check out the new pricing schedule on my page: My Fees

August 12 we returned to Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion for Colbie Caillat and Sheryl Crow.
Colbie Caillat

I'd heard many of Colbie's songs on the POINT FM radio station so I knew she had a sweet voice but I was WOW'd by her stage presence. She put on a very good show!

Sheryl Crow
The last time I saw Sheryl Crow was at Riley Rink in Manchester NH for her "C'mon, C'mon" CD tour. So it's been a while. She's looking a little older but having two kids under four will do that to you. She may be sleep deprived from the kids but her vocals and stage energy are definitely not suffering from her role as mom!

Doyle Bramhall II

She also has Doyle Bramhall II on tour with her. He's awesome!

More photos from the show are on my page:

Sean Bones
The first couple of weeks of August ended with an epic show by one of Vermont's  own--Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. They played at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival on the Waterfront in Burlington VT on August 14. The show opened with Sean Bones. We saw him back up GPN and Brett Dennen at the House Blues in Boston MA back in November 2009.

Grace Potter

More photos from the GPN Aug 14 show are on my page:

A couple more show this month scheduled so far:
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at SPAC Aug 27Saratoga NY

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band at The Champlain Valley Expo Aug 28 Essex Junction VT

Photos Posted in July: Meat Loaf, Melissa Etheridge, Cheap Trick, Squeeze, Heart.....

July was one HOT month for concerts for Photos By Nanci. We rocked into the July 4th weekend seeing Meat Loaf at the Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion in Gilford, NH. This is a great venue to see shows at easy in, easy parking, easy out and some pretty great acts get booked there every year!

Meat Loaf opened his Hang Cool Teddy Bear Tour in NH and for a "sexty" something rocker he still has it. Lisa Bouchelle opened and it was quite a HOT SUMMER night for music at Meadowbrook!

More photos from the show are on my page:

Closer to home, the Lebanon Rec. Department hosts the Front Porch music series which is sponsored by my favorite radio station, THE POINT FM. Our first show this summer was The Ryan Montbleau on July 8. After speaking with Ryan, I found out his home town is right next to my home town so we yakked a while about life in the Suburbs...the show was really good and I hope to catch Ryan and Band again soon, the 20-somethings in the crowd were totally into him!!

More Photos on my Page:

A show I've been waiting to see for awhile came to the Wang Center in Boston MA on July 10. After a nice lobster sandwich for dinner with a couple of friends we made our way to the Wang to see Melissa Etheridge and her new band! I've been following Melissa since the 80s and have seen her many times so I was very excited to be seeing her again. I even really enjoyed her new band (I'm a big fan of Phillip Sayce and Marc Browne--they are no longer with her.) The show was great and Melissa is looking good!!

More photos from the show are on my page:

My show review is on this blog at:

Barely recovering from Melissa performance, I went to Keene NH to see one of my favorite folk singers and composers--Anais Mitchell. She was performing at Armadillo's Burrito Shop in downtown Keene and I figured what the heck, it's Anais--it'll be great and it WAS!!

Anais was joined by Jefferson Hamer, whom she is recording a CD with now of traditional ballads.

Also appearing that evening with Anais and Jeff were Mike and Ruthy. I'd never heard of them before but the are awesome!

Together the four of them took turns playing in a round robin fashion and it turned out to be a great night of music and it was close to home!!

More photos from the show are posted on my page:

My show review is posted here at:

Reggae came to the hills of Vermont from the streets of Jamiaca, mon!! On July 16, Pentangle Council for the Arts hosted Jimmy Cliff, The Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and Trevor Hall at the Suicide Six Ski area in Pomfret VT. What a show this was. I saw Jimmy Cliff way back in the 80s at UMASS-Amherst ( Photos) and loved him then. Now thirty years later he's still spreading love and peace through music!!
More photos from the three bands and the crowd are on my page:

I must say Trevor Hall was a HUGE hit....

And speaking of the 80s...we went back to Meadowbrook in Gilford NH to see Cheap Trick and Squeeze!!
On July 17, the co-touring Cheap Trick and Squeeze played at the US Cellular Pavilion. Each band played about 75 minutes with Squeeze opening and Cheap Trick blowing the crowd away with their hits: "I Want You to Want Me", "Surrender", "California Man" and my fav. "Heaven Tonight". Felt like I was back in college!!

Back to the Front Porch Music Series on July 22, Red Molly played the Gazebo on the Lebanon Green, they are a trio of women who play guitar, banjo and dobro. They performed original songs an covers by Woodie Guthrie, Randy Weeks and Lucinda Williams.

More photos from the show and the crowd are on my page:

The July Concert Month ended for Photos by Nanci on a HUGE high note from the voice of none other than the GREAT Ms. Ann Wilson!!

HEART at Meadowbrook!!!

The Wilson sister are getting on in years (it's just a number right) but you couldn't tell by their performance at Meadowbrook in Gilford, NH on July 30. Ann still has the pipes and Nancy still has the guitar slinger moves!!! 

More photos from this show are on my page:

What a way to close the month of July--my ears were still ringing four days after this show!!!

You call also stay on top of the shows I add by visiting Photos by Nanci: Recently Added Photos

Photos Posted in June: Grace Potter, Buffett, Blues Traveler...

Busy month of June for Photos By Nanci.

Summer concerts kicked off with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals performing on Church Street in Burlington VT on the day their third CD was released June 8. The CD is entitled "Grace Potter and the Nocturnals" and is on sale everywhere and doing well in the charts! Photos from the event are on my page:

Child and Family Services of NH hosted their Concerts for the Cause series featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters at the Palace Theater in Manchester NH, Adam Ezra opened on June 13. Photos from the event are posted on my page:

I was very impressed with Adam and I hope to catch him with his full band sometime very soon!! The new CD from BHT sounds good and the live performance was right on with the crowd there to support CFSNH!!
Perennial summer favorites, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer band sailed into the Comcast Center/Great Woods for two shows in June. I attended the June 17th show. It was nice seeing all the Coral Reefers again pre-show and hanging with Ms. Tina Gullickson it's been a while. The show was good and fairly energetic for Buffett and Charleston the Body Guard let me shoot through the whole show with my little canon point-and-shoot so that was good!!
More photos on my page:

Thanks to an invite from Kasia B. we attended the Quechee Balloon Festival in Quechee VT on opening night June 18. The balloons were very colorful and the weather was perfect!
More photos from the 2009 and 2010 Balloon Festivals are on my page:

The Boston Red Sox played the LA Dodgers on June19 and were lucky enough to have great seats to see the Dustin Pedoria walk off RBI scoring Nava. The team celebration took place right in front of us!

More photos from the game on my page:

The final concert for the Lebanon Opera House Spring season was one with Blues Traveler. I've listened to this band for a long time and never had the chance to see them live. It was a cool time. Best parts were seeing John Popper sneak cigarettes on stage-you don't see that much any more...

There were three bands that night: The Steve Palmer Band, the Luke Mulholland Band and Blues Traveler. The photos are posted on my page:

NEWS FLASH: Photos by Nanci can now accept PayPal payments---yes were are entering the online commerce arena!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Armadillos Acoustic Sunday's-Good Keene Music

Acoustic Sunday’s at Armadillo’s Burritos
Keene NH
July 11, 2010
Mike and Ruthy
Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hammer

When I heard that Anais Mitchell was playing in Keene NH I knew I had to make the hour drive down there. When I heard that the venue was a burrito joint, well let’s just say I was a little hesitant. But I made the call to Orange Earth Productions and reserved our seats.

Armadillo’s Burritos is a funky burrito place on Main Street in Keene NH. They are closed/slow on Sunday’s so it’s a perfect time/place to host acoustic music and that’s what Orange Earth Productions and Armadillo’s has done. Doors open at 5 pm and they serve good, inexpensive, well made food (HUGE burritos, nachos, chili, chips salsa guac) until 5:45 pm. Performances start at 6 pm. They have a nice selection of beer and wine which they serve until closing (a pitcher of Newcastle draft was $8!!!)

The show Sunday July 11, 2010 was a co-headliner of Mike and Ruthy and Anais Mitchell. Mitchell was accompanied by Jefferson Hammer (who will be recording a CD of traditional Ballads with her in August). All four musicians took the stage a little after 6 pm.

Mike and Ruthy are on the road promoting their new CD “Million To One” and Anais Mitchell is out promoting her CD “Hadestown” which is a folk opera; the CD is pure genius! This is the group’s fourth and final show together and the seemed to be really enjoying being on stage together. Mike Merenda, of Mike and Ruthy opened the show by asking the audience if “Keene likes the banjo, because Albany (previous night’s gig) just pretended to like the banjo but I’m not sure they did.” The audience at Armadillo's enthusiastically clapped their response.

The foursome played a couple together then alternated between Mike and Ruthy and Mitchell with Hamer’s electric guitar accompaniment. Mike and Ruthy played a few new ones: “Rise” and “Goodbye” while Mitchell and Hamer performed a few traditional ballads that will be featured on their new CD.

Mitchell and Hamer also did a little show and tell for the crowd—on the way from Albany, NY to Keene, NH they stopped in Stockbridge, MA to visit the grave of their hero Francis James Child, who was the first person to hold the title of Professor of English at Harvard University and collected and assembled, from a comparative study of manuscripts and printed sources, over 300 ballads that became known as the "Child Ballads". They presented to the crowd a crayon etching/rubbing they made of Child’s grave and Hamer reported on his twitter site that they sang “Geordie” for Child.

Mitchell highlighted two songs from “Hadestown”: “Why We Build The Wall” and a personal favorite of mine, “Wedding Song.” Mike and Ruthy performed a great rendition of Richard Thompson’s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.” They closed the second set with a Pete Seeger song “Oh, Had I A Golden Thread” and even got the crowd to sing along.

Following a stand ovation by the sold-out crowd, the foursome chose a Bob Dylan song for the encore, “I’ll Keep It With Mine” that left the crowd reminiscing about the old days of coffeehouse performances.

Armadillo’s Burritos is a great place to time travel back to the days of coffeehouse folk music and Orange Earth Productions is booking some great music there. This is a great collaboration by these two businesses.

Please visit these sites for more information:
Armadillo’s Burritos
Orange Earth Productions

More information about the artists:
Mike and Ruthy
Anais Mitchell
Jefferson Hamer

More photos on: Photos By Nanci