The KBCO Holiday Concert at the Ogden Theatre brought together a trifecta of talented bands: Brett Dennen, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Denver’s own Paper Bird. And though it was below freezing outside, the crowd inside kept warm as they danced the night away.
“I walked here tonight,” Esme Patterson said, demonstrating how local the 7-piece Paper Bird is. They played songs from their latest EP, A Sky Underground and their full-length Anything Nameless and Joymaking.
Dressed in their vintage-inspired finest, the ever energetic Grace Potter and the Nocturnals took the stage with several new tunes like Medicine, the reggae-flavored Goodbye Kiss and Colors, which Grace explained that she had written on the night of the Obama’s election. Hopefully some of these new tunes will make it on the new record due in the spring.
She joked about going to “naughty town” before If I Was From Paris and they ended their set with Nothing But the Water and Sweet Hands before the encore of Big White Gate (which was requested earlier in the evening) and Grace’s fantastic (but all too short) rendition of Grace Slick’s White Rabbit.
After a quick KBCO plug, a barefoot Brett Dennen charmed the audience when he began his nearly 90-minute set with Darlin’ Do Not Fear. “We’ve gotta keep you dancing,” he commented before When You Feel It.
He invited some of the Nocturnals onstage: Benny Yurco for Who Do You Think You Are and Scott Tournet for She’s Mine.
“You’ve been a wonderful crowd, I hope your proud of yourselves,” Brett said as his set came to a close. For his encore he came out and played a solo Cosmic Girl and was rejoined by the band for the final number, Weed Money Man.
Paper Bird Set List
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Grace Potter & the Nocturnals Set List
Stop the Bus
If I Was From Paris
Nothing But The Water
Big White Gate
Brett Dennen Set List
Darling, Do Not Fear
When I Go
Wrong About Me
When You Feel It
Who Do You Think You Are?
There Is So Much More
Ain’t No Reason
Make You Crazy
Weed Money Man