Grace Potter Welcomes in the New Year and the New Vermont Governor

New Year's Eve 2010, Higher Ground S. Burlington VT

Vermont's own Grace Potter and the Nocturnals pulled into Burlington VT for a four night run at Higher Ground. The sold out shows December 28, 29, 31 and January 1, 2011 were just how the Nocturnal Fans wanted to end 2010, some who lined up early in the cool night air for a spot in front of the stage. This is the 6th year Potter and the Nocturnals have performed at Higher Ground for the New Year's Eve show.

For the band, it was a great way to end a phenomenal year!
The band has appeared on national TV:
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.
On David Letterman December 22, 2010:

Potter also performed the National Anthem at the New York Knicks/Chicago Bulls basketball game on Christmas Day on ESPN.

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

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.

New Year's Eve was special in many respects, for one the band continued their movie-themed second set performing in the characters of "The Big Lebowski". In previous years they have performed as characters from "Dazed and Confused", "The Royal Tannenbaums" and "Top Gun."

The second surprise came when the band welcomed Vermont's incoming Governor Peter Shumlin to the stage. Shumlin gave a brief speech about Vermont's bright future and then proceeded to throw out Lake Champlain Chocolate Bars "Grace Under Fire" that were designed/created by Potter herself.

There are rumors that Potter may perform at the inauguration ball Friday January 7 at the Sugarbush Resort in Warren VT. The Burlington Free Press is not listing either PHISH or GRACE POTTER in the entertainment line-up. And the Brattleboro Reformer reports "Despite false rumors that Phish or Grace Potter might play, it’s still going to be a great party, say organizers of the governor-elect’s inaugural ball."

In addition, Lake Champlain Chocolates created a life-sized version of Potter's Flying V guitar made entirely of chocolate.

More images from the event can be found at:

For the final night, The New Year's Eve Hangover Show on January 1, 2011, the band treated the fans to a version of HEART's "Crazy On You." As stated above, they performed with Ann and Nancy Wilson on the Vh1 Diva's Salute to the Troops; performing this song for the hometown crowd gave fans a small taste of the Diva's performance. Benny Yurco did a great job as Nancy Wilson on the acoustic opening.

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Can't think of a better way to ring in the New Year, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Potterville Posse People (Potter Fans) and seeing Vermont's New Governor rocking in the new year!

For photos from all four nights visit: Grace Potter Photos By Nanci

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