Saturday, February 9, 2013

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Scramble The Egg

On Wednesday night February 6, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals brought their Roar Tour to The Egg in Albany NY. The band last appeared in Albany in June 2009 for an Alive At 5 Concert on the Waterfront. The Nocturnals took the stage as the MGM theme played the lion's roar. A thundering drum beat got the crowd on their feet to welcome the Nocs to the Hart Theatre; the band broke into the title track to their current release "The Lion, The Beast, The Beat."
The Egg Performing Arts Center, Abany NY
Courtesy photo
Potter told the crowd that it was OK to stand and dance , but would understand if folks needed a break and sat but no arguments about people standing and dancing in front of you or she would have to leave the stage and "take care" of the situation.
The seventeen song set was a little short, according to the die hard Posse people in the crowd. (The Potterville Posse are a bunch of true fans that follow the band all over the country!) But contained a few gems that the Posse agreed were very special to witness. The band did a few in their "campfire" arrangements including Hank Williams' Devil's Train:

A version of House of the Rising Sun (a traditional folk song made famous by The Animals) (This video was picked up by Glide Magazine's Hidden Track!)


And a cover of Ben. E. King's Stand By Me. The band was joined on stage by Houndmouth, the show's opener. Houndmouth is a folk rock band from Indiana and Kentucky. They delivered a great set list and I'm sure they sold a bunch or EPs--they were that good! 

Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco
Michael Libramento
Scott Tournet
Matt Burr
It was also a special night for the band's bass player, Michael Libramento, it was his one year anniversary with the Nocturnals. Grace presented him with his own Gibson Dove Guitar.
Two great show recordings are posted on Archive.org!
JT The Taper
James B
More images of the show: Photos by Nanci SmugMug
Nice Review by Greg Haymes for the Times Union.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
With Houndmouth
Hart Theatre, The Egg
Albany NY February 6, 2013
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