Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Bring the Rock to the Woods at Ives Concert Park
Last night, June 27, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals rocked the stage at Ives Concert Park in Danbury, Conn., sharing the bill with reggae, funk, hip-hop fusion outfit Michael Franti and Spearhead. Stepping out in a black-and-white striped mini-dress, fringed black vest and metallic wedge heels, Potter led her band through a set list of new and old songs.
The picturesque, woodland setting at Ives Concert Park made for a beautiful accompaniment to Potter's unbelievable pipes. The group, which started playing at dusk, kicked off their high-energy set list with their catchy single 'Medicine,' before Potter took her place at her Hammond B3 organ to power through tracks like 'Joey,' 'Mastermind' and 'Goodbye Kiss,' which boasted swampy, churning sonics.
Before long, night was rolling in, and an impressive light show soon heightened the performance even further. The beautiful frontwoman, who originally hails from Vermont, also changed up her instruments, picking up her sleek, white flying V guitar for rocking tracks like the band's mainstream radio hit 'Paris (Ooh La La)' and the heavy yet bluesy 'Stop the Bus.' Throughout the performance, Potter's stunning vocals switched between lower ranges all the way up to notes that could give Mariah Carey a run for her money.
The group closed the show with their classic gospel-inspired pairing, 'Nothing but the Water' parts one and two. Overall, Potter kept the crowd dancing hard through the band's louder, faster tracks, and had them grooving along during the slower, more laid-back tunes. When it comes down to it, if Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are coming to a town near you, it surely is a show not to be missed.
Watch Grace Potter Perform 'Paris (Ooh La La)' at Ives Concert Park