Big Picture Theater
Waitsfield resident Grace Potter, of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, performed a benefit for Amurtel’s disaster relief in
“I have never seen any amount of devastation that I have seen after the quake in Port au Prince” Zweig told the crowd. She explained that Amurtel has two teams in the Haitian capital: one short term group for distributing food, water and medical supplies and a second long term group for recovery and “what’s next.” She said the “next” is really critical now because the spring rains have come early and with 100,000 living in the open air in and around the capital, shelter is needed immediately. “Music and dance are the heart and soul of
Grace Potter took the stage before the screaming crowd of mostly people from the
She opened with “Nothing but the Water”, “Ah Mary”, “Colors” which she wrote right after Obama was elected President, and “Low Road.” She was joined on stage by Benny Yurco and Matt Burr for “Medicine”, “Paris”, “Tiny Lights”, “Ain’t No Time”, “One Short Night” and “Treat Me Right.” She soloed on the Hammond B3 for “Apologies” and “Big White Gate”, and was again joined by Yurco and Burr on “Things I Never Needed”, which she dedicated to the people of
The Eames Brothers (with Matt Burr), Ralph and Seth, who opened for Potter joined her, Yurco and Burr for “2:22”, and for some “easy shimmying, no hip breaking shit” on Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay.”
Potter moved back to the B3 and said she was going to play a song that “brought me down and lifted me up at the same time” she slowly started “I Shall be Released.” During the second verse she was joined by the Eames brothers, Yurco and Burr to close out the song.
More photos from the show and the Meet and Greet may be viewed at: http://www.photosbynanci.com/graceforhaiti.html