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Grace Potter and The Nocturnals at Danforth Music Hall – Toronto Review

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Grace Potter at The Danforth Music Hall

Grace Potter – The Danforth Music Hall – Cred: Darrell Shelley

WHO: Grace Potter and The Nocturnals
FROM: Vermont, USA
WHERE: Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
WHEN: August 24, 2013

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Grace Potter has a real Rock n Roll vibe.   Two songs into the set Grace slipped off her heals and threw them aside letting the crowd know that the show was on!  She rocked out bare foot for the rest of the set.

STYLE: Blues/Rock/Americana

CROWD:  The room was about half full at The Danforth Music Hall on Saturday night, filled with enthusiasts who seemed to know Grace Potter’s music well.    About 2/3 of the room were women and ages ranged from 25-65 years.   Everyone was there for the music and nothing else.  Husbands and boyfriends who might have been dragged along were converted quickly and very much got into the band.    Grace Potter really knows how to work an audience and there wasn’t a bored audience member in the room.

TECHNICALITIES:  The chairs were removed from the Danforth Music Hall leaving the concrete floors exposed.   This meant that the sound was bright and boomy for the first half of the set.   It took the sound crew awhile to get things under control, but once they did, it sounded fine.

The lights were excellent for the most part, with a small hiccup on the song “Stars” in which the disco balls didn’t rotate.   Perhaps this was intentional, which I hope wasn’t the case, because the rotation would have certainly added to the overall feel.  Instead the static disco balls looked out of place and had curious people reaching for their mobiles to capture a photo.


MEMORABLE MOMENT: The Nocturnals came to the front of the stage and went acoustic for Junior Parker’s blues classic “Mystery Train”.   Grace Potter and The Nocturnals played the song in the 1973 fashion of  Bob Dylans’ ‘The Band’, including the famous Paul Butterfield harmonica solo.

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MEMORABLE SONG: Besides the incredible rendition of “Mystery Train” there was a three song combo late in the set that clearly stood out:

1. Nothing But The Water – The Nocturnals left the stage and Potter proceeded to play a solo version of this crowd favourite while accompanying herself on slide guitar.   This rendition was both haunting and inspiring, making the room feel as though some old blues souls were being resurrected for a short moment in time.

2.  The second single Paris (Ohh La La) from the bands third studio album.  Sounding like the spirit of Janis Joplin had risen up from the grave, Grace Potter riled up the audience late in the set.   The entire band jumped up to play the drum kit during the bridge.

3.  After working up the crowd with Paris (Ohh La La) Potter brought everyone back to earth with a stunning rendition of Neil Young’s “Like a Hurricane”.


COMMENTS: Between Campstock and Riot Fest I saw over a dozen bands this weekend, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals was by far the best.    An encore would have been nice but unfortunately it didn’t happen.


Review and Photos By: Darrell Shelley


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