Saturday, March 26, 2011

Review--Grace Potter and the Nocturnals House of Blues Boston

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Blues and Lasers opened
House of Blues, Boston MA March 25, 2011
 By Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals took the stage at Boston's House of Blues (HOB) and rocked the SOLD OUT crowd in a solid two hour rock and roll love fest. The crowd was primed for this rock fest by the band Blues and Lasers, the Nocturnals guys plus John Rogone on bass and Steve Sharon on drums.
The Nocturnals are a "tiny little band from Vermont," Potter told the audience that first appeared on the HOB stage in 2004 for the Boston Music Awards.

The Nocs came out first and played a nice intro to "Only Love". Catherine Popper, bass, adds some angelic harmonies although folks that follow the Nocs know Ms. Popper is far from an angel!
With two hot guitar players, Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco the band tore into "Hot Summer Night."


Next up were crowd favorites: "Toothbrush", "Low Road", "Joey" about a man Potter told the crowd that she may or may not have known, "Mastermind" that had the crowd jumping, "Money"


"Apologies", "Tiny Light" then on to the acoustic set, which tonight was one song.

"Treat me Right" with Potter, Tournet  and Yurco on acoustic guitars.
Back to the rock with one of the "best bands on the road songs" "Stop the Bus", followed by a song that Potter said " I wrote this song for my grandmother"-"Big White Gate" with Potter on the Hammond B3.

Then Potter said to the fans "Let's take it back to the beginning..." which led in to "Nothing But the Water."


This was followed by Beyonce's "Why Don't You Love Me." They closed the set with "Paris."

After a brief break the band returned with Yurco on acoustic guitar playing the intro to Heart's "Crazy On You."



The band closed the show with "Medicine" just what the doctored ordered for this cold spring night in Boston.

Local Dates for the Band: 
Lupo's tonight 3/26 in Providence RI, there are still TICKETS for this show.

The band returns to Vermont for an April 2 show at St. Mike's College, TICKETS.

The band returns to Boston, August 20 at the Bank of America Pavilion, TICKETS.

The Potterville Posse was out in force. Some of the members from the former Street Team, a group of fans that helped promote the band in their early days, follow the Nocs all over the country.

Images from Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Sound Check
Images from the Blues and Lasers Set

More Photos by Nanci images of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Please excuse the quality of the images I only had my point and shoot not my Nikon D300s


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