Review: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals St. Michaels College Spring Concert
Ross Sports Center, St. Michael's College, Colchester VT
April 2, 2011 Spring Concert
Barefoot Truth opened
In a little advertised, "secret" show, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, returned to their home state of Vermont to perform at St. Michael's College, home of the Purple Knights, for St. Mike's Spring Concert. Rumor has it that the show did sell out late last week as information about the show started to leak into print and radio media. Those in the know that weren't St. Mike's staff, faculty or students, had heard about the show early in March and waited patiently for the tickets to go on sale to the general public on or about March 10. There was buzz for about a month on the internet but no official announcement was put forth.
Burr and Catherine Popper left the stage for the acoustic song performed by Scott Tournet, Potter and Benny Yurco on acoustic guitars. As Burr and Popper were leaving, Potter told the crowd that they were going off stage to "touch each other" and she broke into a quick "I Touch Myself" by the Divinyls, "When I think about you, I touch myself"
Once the acoustic guitars were strapped on Tournet, Potter and Yurco treated the crowd to "Treat Me Right" at the end of the song Burr and Popper rejoined and the Nocs played their rendition of the classic Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit."
set list sheet that Potter posted on Plixi.com after the show, the Nocs wove in a little nostalgia playing some of PHISH's "Tweezer Teaser" as a tribute to when PHISH played St. Mike's in 1992. (You can download that PHISH concert here.)
The band returned for encores at 11:20 and after Potter asked the crowd if they wanted some medicine, "it's cold and flu season in Vermont, everybody needs a little medicine" the band ripped into "Medicine" which included their now famous five-way drum solo.
Potter was behind the Hammond B3 for most of this show, very little "flying V" guitars for her tonight but I don't think the crowd cared, they were just happy to be in the Sports Center watching a local band, maybe for the last time in a small venue, before the Nocturnals start playing arenas and stadiums.
Hot Summer Night
Treat Me Right (acoustic)
Glory Box (Portishead)
Some Kind of Ride
Nothing but the Water (Tweezer Teaser-PHISH)
Barefoot Truth opened for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will be announcing the Burlington Waterfront show plans soon according to Tweets put out by Potter, you can follow along at @gracepotter
The band headlines The Bank of America Pavilion Boston MA, August 20 TICKETS.
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