It has been a while since I have seen the Avett Brothers perform. I must say, they have done nothing but get better at the high impact Americana jams they put forth for us to listen to. They really got the folks at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles all riled up this Friday evening.
Opening the show for the Avetts was the beautiful and incredibly talented Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Potter had the attention of everyone in the room from the moment the lights came onto the stage. By the time she got to the song “Paris”(ooh La La) the audience was worked into a fever pitch. Is this Americana? Maybe not, but it sure was a hell of a lot of fun. In Potters words she was going to get us “all lathered up” with her next song “Medicine”. Full credit goes out to Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. They really put 100% into their performance.
Just about the time our hearts calmed down from the Potter show, the wonderful Brandi Carlile was on the stage getting ready to deliver some of her hit songs. Brandi played through some of her best songs getting the entire crowd on their feet. One of the things I like most about this type of music is the raw emotion it invokes.
This is the real deal. Brandy told us a little story about how her mother wanted her to pick up a CD for her while she was on the road. Mom couldn’t remember the name of the band, so she sang the line “You- Your sex is on fire”. In Brandi’s words, “something you never want to hear from your mother’s mouth ” Funny stuff right there 🙂
Brandi at one point stepped in front of her mic and was yelling to the crowd. She says, “This might sound crazy, but I’m going to sing you a song and the band and I are going to be completely unplugged”. Now bear in mind this is the Nokia theater in Los Angeles. Not the smallest venue, but I must say.. The girl has some pipes. She and the band played “Dying Day” unplugged as if the whole house were sitting around a camp fire. I love it!
By the time the Avett’s hit the stage, every seat in the place was full. One of the things I love most about the Avett Brothers music is just how raw they bring it to you. Those guys are having fun up there and delivering you their music the way they want you to hear it. No sugar, no B.S., just pure up beat Americana music.
The brothers played some of their greatest songs such as Salina, Open ended Life, and one of my favorites “Like a Kick Drum”.
When these guys put on a show their movements are so exaggerated, and so much energy is being disbursed on the stage it is impossible not to have the audience catch the energy.
Over all, this was a fantastic line-up of artists that played well off of one another. Great show!
Below is a small Cell phone clip of the Brandi Carlile performance while unplugged. Enjoy!