Grace Potter & the Nocturnals – Fox Theatre, CO

Grace Potter

Playing Boulder’s Fox Theatre, the Vermont-based band, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, kept the crowd dancing for nearly two hours with electrifying, soulful vocals and incredible blues-rock rhythms.

At about 10:30, Grace and the band took the stage saying, “How’re you doing, Boulder? Are you ready to move?”

They launched into Some Kind of Ride and then straight into Joey.

Barely giving the crowd a chance to pause, Toothbrush and My Table was next on the list followed by Big White Gate.

“Thank y’all so much, it’s so good to be here on a Wednesday night in Boulder, Colorado,” Grace said. “You’re looking good, looking like you’re ready to get dirty. I know we’re ready to get dirty.” At the piano still she started 2:22.

Back in front of the crowd, Grace said, “Hey! Mama’s got a brand new band, I want to introduce it.” She introduced her band: Matt Burr on drums, Catherine Popper on bass, and Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco on guitars.

They started Come Into My Kitchen and then Grace joked that, “Matt’s all self-conscious because he’s on the risers, he wants to be down here with us. Make him feel better about himself, doesn’t he look good on the riser? Now he’s just raging mad.” Someone offered that he had a nice mustache and Grace laughed, agreeing.

They played Ah Mary before Grace said, “this is a song we debuted in Boulder, in 2005, opening for Tea Leaf Green.” She talked about how that show had been the first stop on that tour because the bus had broken down by Buffalo Bill’s Grave and they had missed their show in Aspen before playing Stop The Bus.

Apologies and Mastermind were followed by a song off their upcoming record, listed on the set as “Medicine.”

“Thank you, we’re having fun tonight. Thank y’all for coming out here, I think we missed the rain, did you? Did you get rained on? That’s why you come to the show and catch the fucking awesome opener, how about it for White Buffalo? They were wonderful. And I’m glad you got here early because we got the shit rained out of us walking up here, we got so wet.”

If I Was From Paris and Sweet Hands made for a sexy finale to the main set.

They came back out with Watching You and an amazing version of White Rabbit that would give even Grace Slick herself a run for her money.

Their final offering of the evening was a long version of Nothing But the Water, perfectly alternating the chilling acapella of “part one” to the full band orchestration of “part two” and back before a quick thank you and goodbye.

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Photos by Nichole Wagner

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