I am not sure why it has taken me so long to finally catch a proper set by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. Putting it off "til next time" came to an end Friday night when I caught their show at the Highline Ballroom.
The twenty-four year old singer and band thoroughly impressed me with their sound of rootsy-blues rock. Potter has a golden smile and an even more gorgeous voice. Sometimes Joplin, sometimes Raitt, sometimes Williams, always on point. The Nocturnals provide a solid platform for the obvious star Potter to shine. She seemed very excited to be playing in NYC again and the crowd was equally as stoked. During every song at least half the crowd would be singing along.
The tour continues on tonight in Philly @ the Theater of the Living Arts.
Speaking of the opening band, Phonograph, the sound seemed okay enough. Main criticism was you couldn't hear a damn word lead
singer whisperer Matthew Welsh sung. As so clearly displayed in the below picture, dude needs to get his bearded mug right on the mic. Seriously, might bring their sound out a bit.