The first (and sold-out) night of two at Stubb’s, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals cast their magical spell over the audience with a high-energy performance filled with favorites, a few new tunes from The Lion The Beast The Beat and some choice covers.
While they opened with an extended instrumental intro to the title track, the show moved swiftly into the bluesy “2:22,” upbeat pop rhythm of “Never Go Back” and grooved right into “Goodbye Kiss” with very little time spent on stage banter or jamming (the set list even had several notations about short intros – presumably to play as many songs as possible with the 11pm noise restrictions).
Keeping with tradition of including at least one acoustic cover, they chose Gillian Welch’s “Elvis Presley Blues” after Grace explained that she learns a new song every time they come through Austin and while she had learned this one a few years ago it was about the king of Rock.
Gospel-esque “Nothing But The Water” segued into the raunchy “Paris” during the pre-encore before a quick Stevie Nicks-worthy costume change into a gold and black shawl for “Medicine.”
Closing out the show with an especially soulful rendition of “Big White Gate” and a crowd sing-a-long of “Stop The Bus,” their set ended moments before 11pm with The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” leaving the audience wanting more.
Photos by Nichole Wagner