MUSIC

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CONCERT REVIEW

by Jared Curtis

 

Brett Dennen, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
People’s Court, Dec. 1

 

“We are the warm up band, and we are hear to warm you up,” cooed the sexy and talented Grace Potter as she and her band, The Nocturnals, graced the stage at People’s Court last week. Potter was the opener for Brett Dennen but stole the show. When she wasn’t hidden behind her organ, Potter stalked the stage in a shimmering dress, dancing up a storm and banging sense back into her tambourine. Their sound, ranging from ’70s southern fried stomp rockers to soothing twang ballads, is a force to be reckoned with. The Nocturnals — Scott Tournet (guitar/harmonica), Matthew Burr (drums), the very attractive Catherine Popper (bass) and Benny Yurco (guitar) — complement their front woman well and are extremely tight. The group tore up a communal drum solo in the middle of “I’ve Got The Medicine That Everybody Wants,” and left the crowd wanting more with the rousing set ender, “Nothing But The Water.” The headliner, Brett Dennen, had a tough task to follow. Although his catchy songs are good, his unenergized show extinguished the fire that Potter lit. High-school-aged girls lined the stage, awing over the towering Dennen, who hyped the crowd with his biggest hit “Ain’t No Reason.” He ended the set with “Blessed,” before returning solo for two songs and then joining by his band for “All We Have.” There was nothing wrong with Dennen’s laid-back set; it just felt like he brought a knife to the gunfight, whereas Potter and the Nocturnals brought automatic weapons. CV — Jared Curtis

 


Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
at People’s Court
Photo by Jared Curtis

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
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Photo by Jared Curtis


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