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06-13-2010, 12:56 PM
Tour: Summer 2008
08/24/08 Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in San Francisco,CA Outside Lands Festival United States
08/16/08 Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in Burlington,VT Burlington Waterfront United States
08/10/08 Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in Jersey City,NJ All Points West Festival United States
08/09/08 Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in Lancaster,PA Chameleon Club United States
08/08/08 Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in Columbus,OH The LC Amphitheater United States
08/07/08 Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in Indianapolis,IN Birdy
06-13-2010, 01:03 PM
Tedheadone Palace Theater, Manchester, NH 06/06/08 Lead [-]
Massive mills on the Merrimack River. That's what I remember about Manchester. I-93 goes right through the city, with downtown and most of the mills across the river on the East side. They used to do a lot of garment work, especially knit items..perhaps they still do. But after a long period of dormancy, things look a little brighter. Several of the riverside mills have been redone. There is a big J"illians Billiards" sign on one of the old buildings. A sign the city has "made it"? And I am surprised at the 7 PM traffic jam as I exit 93 to cross the river. Stop and go. Granite St is undergoing new paving but that's not the problem. But it' soon apparent. Up ahead is the Verizon Wireless Arena..I've never been there, but its a 10,000+ seat joint, I would guess.. Don't know who was there to draw all the folks...might GPN return someday?
As I look for a parking space, this place seems like a comfortable liveable city, indeed there are homes right near downtown. I find a space 4 blocks away and pay 25 cents for the last 1/2 hour of meter time. The Palace Theater is on a pleasant, leafy block with sidewalk tables nearby. I head right in and only get about 15 feet inside before running into Dave and Smackie doin' some prep work for Aya and The Leaves. Dave, by the way, gets a sweet shout out by Aya thanking him for his support before song #3. Mike from NJ quickly joins us and we take up enough space in the lobby that the ushers several times ask us to move aside..
The Theater, rumoured haunted by the NH Paranormal Society, but debunked by the Sci-Fi Channel, sits sideways...in other words you don't come in straight from the back, but the entrance is at the back left rear corner of the hall. It is a sweet little 840 seat joint...not very deep, with a balcony that seems really close to the stage..and with some boxes hung along the side. It is nicely restored, and The Posse has managed to score seats in the first 2 rows. Tipi had friends that backed out, to my gain, as he had a seat in the second row for me. SCORE!
Thanks, Todd! I am surrounded by Dave, Lainie, Carrjo, Mike wally, Kerri, Smackie, Steve (?), Nancy, I'm not sure who else, but nice presence. John is cowbell-ready.
The Leaves open with a nice set of 6 songs. Aya has a great smile in the spotlight, and after getting guitar tuned (restrung night prior) she is ready and their set is well received. Dave says it's nice to hear her with a good sound system, some places he has seen her...not so good. The final song is the second of the set that is more uptempo.. Her EP has four songs, and she did not hit them all, choosing other offerings to round it out. A great night out, and I gotta believe it is the biggest crowd she has fronted. and might be the first time I have seen a drummer (steve Sharon) that also played a harp.
After the break, we head back down to wait for the band...
Highlights tonight....after a personal two month layoff...last show Cornell April 6th...frankly it's all highlights.
Matt was back centered on the stage and had a nice take on set closer, Zep's "Your Time is Gonna Come".
Kickin' the set off with "Meantime"
M.I.A. "Left Behind" was a welcome returnee. Original bassist Cory Beard, now with The Leaves, had used a standup in their set. Hoped Bryan might grab it...to no avail. Scott ripped this one up, as they all did on "Stop The Bus"
"Pain in My Heart" Can NOT go wrong with this song in the setlist.
Bryan, proudly holding up the "yodeling pickle" to Matt's cymbal mike. A thoughtful gift from Aya.
"Big White Gate" dedicated to recently passed grandfather Padre. His wife was the inspiration for BWG, and they have have both passed in the last year or so.
And finally, encore "Gumbo Moon" which morphed into a mega long sing along tease of "Hey, Bo Diddley" I bet the reference passed over a good portion of the crowd....Bo died 4 days ago. He's gone, but the Bo Diddley beat will go on. Thanks, GPN, for this simple act of respect. It means a lot to me...just like "Sex Machine" NYE '06 at Higher Ground...
Ain't No Time
Treat Me Right
Your Time is Gonna Come
Gumbo Moon> Hey Bo Diddley
The moron yelling throughout "Apologies"
scajjr2 #1 [-]
Most of the traffic was for the NH Fisher Cats minor league baseball game. Lived and worked in Manchester from 1980-2007. City has really cleaned up the downtown area. One of my daughters works as the marketing director for InTown Manchester a group that works with the city and businesses to promote the downtown. She tried to get GPTN for their summer concerts in the park series but said they would cost too much. Guess a sign GPTN is getting bigger.
Show last night was great. The group seemed to really appreciate the warm feeling the crowd gave them. I think more of the crowd got the Bo Diddley than you think, at least up in the balcony anyway.
Noticed it took a while but nice the palace staff finally gave up and let folks stand down front.
Xak151X What a night!! (a bit long......this writeup, that it) #2 [-]
They say it is better to give than to receive and Man, I experienced that on both ends of the stick last night, in spades!
First, daughter Keri and I met up with the Posse (Tipi, Steve, Dave, Michael, Lanni, Smackie, John, Putt-Putt....and KLAUS ALL THE WAY FROM GERMANY...........AGAIN!!!!.) and we couldn't have had a better warm up. Nice place next to the venue, beers, burgers, and talk. And you knew it would be a good night when all these people, as Tipi so appropripately noted, threw in money to pay the bill, based on Michael saying "Just throw in what you think you owe"........and we have TOO MUCH MONEY!!!!
Off we go to the meet and greet looking for 900 something street. Should be simple enough. Only two buildings in downtown higher than 10 stories and this she-bang is on the tenth floor of 900......Take your pick.....and we pick wrong. Realizing the building #'s are not going toward 900, we reverse field and head the right way.
Lobby of the 900 building has a nice check-in area and these people have heard and been waiting to meet THE POSSE!! Cram into the elevator to the posh 10th floor suite of some lawyers and its done up, big time. Huge food spread of hot and cold exquistely prepared dishes.......damn, we shouldn't have had those burgers cuz, now, we aint hungry. So, we indulged in the free beer, wine and soft drinks, waiting for the band. Michael is the video man today and he did a great job capturing the event. I stand with him at the entrance waiting for the band. The band aint coming, but Grace is. She strolls in to much applause and immediately engages THE POSSE members at the door. Big picture taken, arms around each other....smiles...........and then she shows us her very form-fitting, but elegant, YELLOW TOP and tells us she saw THE POSSE standing together outside the theater when they drove into town with our yellow shirts, so she figured she needed yellow too, and found this fetching number at a little store by the theater.
Before she starts to work the room, I introduce Grace to Keri.......and Grace says "Did you bring THE TABLE?"..............."We gotta figure out how to get this on stage.......I'll grab you when I'm leaving and we'll figure this out........" Now, of course, my daughter's feet are not touching the floor having had this intimate discussion with the Nocternal leader........So here's the story about THE TABLE........
Keri took a furniture design class at UNH. One assignment, build a coffee table. She comes up with a design for a Flying-V coffee table. Instructor tells her too hard to do, she can't do it. Oh yeah??? Keri decides she's doing it. And after many hours in the workshop from Oct 15 to about Dec 10th, the table was made and she got an A!!
Fast forward to the last Portsmouth show. Van tells Sparkie about the table. Keri sends him pics. Sparkie shows the band.........April......Keri gets an email from Matt expressing interest in buying the table......Keri responds but the band is busy and she hears nothing. Last week, still nothing so I try to get a message to Matt and ask him to call Keri's cellphone number .......Weds, Keri is literally getting out of the shower, when Matt calls her!!! Almost dropped the towel!!! She tells him we are bringing the table and he tells her we'll work something out.........(I'll post the pics when we get them from the photog who snapped a bunch before the show, and asked for Keri's email.....)
Back to the M-&-G......Grace is leaving, Keri grabs me and says we got to go, Grace will meet us in 15 mins at the stage door. Drive the truck around and Matt is waiting with Posse member Steve. He sees the table and has the biggest grin I've ever seen.......we haul it in the door which is literally the back of the stage.............Grace sees it and says "Holy.........(insert your own expletive, which really didnt sound like one coming out of her mouth)"..........She yells down stairs "Hey Scotty come up here....you gotta see this!!!" At which, Scott, Matt and Grace are all over this thing like its Christmas morning!! Then they discuss which side of the stage it will be on and Scott says he needs it to hold his harmonica, harmonica mic, water towels, etc........Grace then tells us she is involved with Gibson guitars and they are planning a celebration for the flying V and she's gonna show them the table!!! Never know what may become of this.......maybe nothing, but we thought Grace and the boys were so nice to offer and they seemed so touched that Keri would GIVE THEM the table, gratis!!
Let me tell you people, that just made the night..............anything else would be gravy!!!
Well, the show was awesome and we have to thank Steve for giving us front-row center seats, while he sat in the second row. He didnt have to do that, but he did and it shows what an exceptional person he is!! He got the tix, we paid him......and he gave us the best seats!! What a guy, huh??
Post show: We hang around waiting to see if Grace will show. Others waiting too. Only Matt comes out......chats, signs things, pictures.....most people are gone so he chats with Keri and I and then says "Come with me, Grace wants to see you guys...." Downstairs we go, passing Van who looks to be headed home, and there's Grace and then she's off with Matt to see some high school friends who came to surprise her. So we wait and chat with Aya and Brian . Then Scott comes by and couldn't say enough about the table...we discuss its one design flaw (stabilty) and we suggest some easy fixes and he says Sparkie will be able to do whatever it needs. (However, we dont come up with the best solution till we are riding home............and I passed that on to Van for delivery tonite.) Then a few other people we dont know talk to Keri about this table, which seemed to be the hit of the evening, and Keri is still not touching the floor!!
So we wait. Have a beer...soda. Then Grace is back. And I get my first kiss and hug so naturally, my feet are not touching the floor either!! And she hugs Keri and tells us again about the Gibson deal and she'll let us know what happens, etc etc.....We thank her but she insists on thanking us......and then says "Let me walk you out"..............Can you believe it??? Almost like the impeccable hostess, our Grace walks with us to the stage door and sees us out!!! What a kind and genuine person she is!! A little wild, and thats probably why we love her, but genuine, sincere, and down to earth.
Its midnight and we got a long drive home. Couldn't hook back up with THE POSSE who were back at the watering hole next door, but we want to publicly thank them for all they did. From promoting this and the Lebanon show, to getting the tickets, and just being over-all great people. We are proud to be members with them!!
Hope you all have as much fun tonite!!
Wally and Keri
PS: The yahoo that was yelling was some friend of Scott's who was exceptionally lubricated........
TheFrozenHoser Tape of this show? #3 [-]
New to this forum and was hoping some of you vets could help me out! Are there any of you who regularly tape shows, and if so, last nights? Is there a way to get it via mp3? Great performance that I would like to have on hand for a long time.
This band kills!!! It was only my second time seeing her, and man can they cut a stage. I knew they were something special when I saw them open for the Crowes (my #2 all-time favorite) last year and they completely upstaged Chris and the gang.
Also, could someone tell me what the name of the song was that she introduced as a song that was passed along from a man to woman and now them (something like that - that goon in the second level was yelling something stupid at the time when she was talking and missed it).
Tedheadone Pain in My Heart... #4 [-]
My Recent Posts ...is the song name you seek. Otis Redding recorded it, but he was sued by Allen Toussiant (who wrote it for Irma Thomas) for appropriating too much of his song.
Here some more details, check out this whole, awesome, site after you check out this song
06-13-2010, 01:12 PM
Tedheadone The Opera House, Lebanon, NH 06/07/08 Lead [-]
I'm gonna make this short. Mainly because, once again, some odd keystroke has just totally erased about 30 minutes of work posting this show! GEESH!! Total frustration. So I'm gonna write something different..and short, I gotta run..
Grace, Matt, Scott, Bryan, Jen, Aya & mates participated in a very successful weekend fundraising event for the Child and Family Services of NH. It was announced $62,000 Friday night and up to $71,000 Saturday. Back to back nights of meet'n'greets. Generous with their talents and time, they made a difference, again. Yesterday, not long after arriving at the venue, they're over to "Rock The Posse" for an hour or so of wonderful face time with fans, off to sound check, back to a meet and greet (doubt they got near the shrimp, filet sandwiches, swedish meatballs and other delights) and then back to the venue to cheer on Jen's (handmade) CD release performance. What a beautiful voice and total support from the crowd..which once even broke into applause mid song..rare for an opener). Jen, and Aya Friday night, hit home runs in front of impressive and impressed crowds. Attagirl(s) !! I don't know why I should feel proud of them, but I do. I absolutely do.
It was a rockin' set (which sadly did not include the gorgeous "Other Side" I heard practiced at sound check) but did include the following
Jen, backing harmony seated at the B-3 next Grace on the Rhodes, on super-rarity "Go Down Low" from Original Soul. Might be my first time!
Grace, vocally strong and right on, throughout. I knew it on 3rd song Meantime and it was flawless
Scott intro to "Apologies"
Scott nice ending on Sugar
Incandescent guitar work all around on "Over Again"
Grace saying on the four way drums NBTW "listen for the cowbell"
Matt on "Your Time is Gonna Come"
Finally a word on NBTW I...It was at the hot, hot, hot, Memorial Day weekend show last year, same venue, that Grace surprised
everyone, including the band, by coming out from the wings with The V, strumming an electric intro to this song. Friday night, there was a completely experimental reworking of phrasing on this, and last night, Scott strummed along and Bryan and Matt climbed on, so again, not the expected a cappella.
Finally, finally, Grace and Matt finished this fan friendly weekend out at the table in the lobby. What more could you ask for....?
Go Down Low w/ Jin Crowell on vocals
Ain't no Time
Your Time Is Gonna Come
vtforme #1 [-]
Thanks Van for both reviews they were as wonderful as usually. I suspect part of what he erased was about the Posse gathering that was held at the Salt Hill Pub on Saturday. It was planned so that we could get together and celebrate our love for the Noc's. The band was invited and we had hoped they would do a question and answer period which.
We were told they would try to give us a few minutes. Well this incredible band showed and gave us over an hour along with the Q & A which they had no preparation for. Now I must say we had great questions for them and they answered them without hesitation and complete cander. Thanks you guys you made everyone in attendance very very happy....and we will never forget it.
There were 30+ Posse members at this show and besides the tickets we also raised an additonal $600 for Child and Family Services. We got a shout out from the stage by the director, I can't remember her name....sorry, calling us their new best friends. We also had an add in the play bill. Pretty impressive don't you think?
I want to thank all who were involved in setting up this wonderful weekend. I named all of you, I hope, over on the team site.
vtsnowbird26 #2 [-]
Such an awesome show, the Posse was well and truly rocked. Can't say enough about the warm ,geniune and fun loving Nocturnals sharing time with us during the two day Concerts for a Cause. It was also such a pleasure to see Jen get out front and center stage opening up the night of top notch live music, and later joining Grace for a back catalog surprise, Go Down Low - love the tight harmony they brought together in that song. So pleasantly surprised to hear another old favorite Left Behind - just love the beat on this one and it still sounds so fine.
Thanks for an awesome afternoon and evening - it will not be soon forgotten.
Saygracenow #3 [-]
My Recent Posts Mojo during the Q & A asked Grace and the boys how they measure success and if they felt successful at this point in their careers.. I was there for this most incredible "Rock the Posse Weekend" and I think I can answer the question for them. Any time you can make the 50 or so people in that private room smile, laugh and feel genuinely loved as this band just did I think you have reached the highest level of success imaginable. Not many have the ability to impact their hard core fan base like this group does. Not only a successful group but individually incredible young people. They should be proud of themselves for the money they helped raise for a most worth while cause and bringing a smile to all our faces. A most heart felt thanks GPN. You made me proud to be a fan of your wonderful group.
06-13-2010, 01:17 PM
Tedheadone Saratoga, NY 6/20-21/08 SPAC-tacular... Lead [-]
sound, venue, and TRAFFIC. Or, in the order I experienced it: TRAFFIC, sound, venue.
Arriving in the vicinity at 6:30, after stopping in Abany and getting a room for the night, I am greeted by a line of traffic headed to the Saratoga State Park, home of Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). The ride in from RT 9 is a beautiful winding road, through pines and a golf course, before reaching a pretty big collection of beautiful brick WPA (Depression era) built buildings, initially designed to protect the mineral springs. Only problem, is there are few true parking lots, most of the areas are fields, and the road in is single file. It is a full one hour from the first time traffic stopped on RT. 9 until I was parked. The overall scene of the park is really beautiful. I bet it's a wonderful place to come for the Opera, when the 7,200 seat shed is not sold out, but when 25,000 fans, the biggest crowd of the whole season come in, it is wall to wall peeps thru the lawn and all the way up thru the concession area. And most kids have a phone to their ear. And every one is asking the same question into the phone...Care to guess? answer at the end of this post.
And on the way, I was teased by the sound of The Nocs- Mastermind while still in the car, Stop The Bus on the long walk to the venue, and NBTW as I had to walk all the way around to the other side to get tickets. And when there, running into Justin at the window, so we entered the park together, and talked our way down close enough for him to pick up his pass from Jen. So the Nocs, for me, were "heard but not seen" Friday night.
The Potters, with Lee, are there with college buddies Joe and Clarkie, hosts for the next two nights. Peggy says they have the best porch in town. (And I have to agree, after hanging out for a while there Saturday afternoon.) We all settle in to the balcony for Dave Mathews, even joined by Grace and Justin for about half the set. Enhanced by great video, it is heart pumpin loud. And we make the right call, exiting a few minutes before the curfew to beat the traffic out of the Park, and over to a delightful restaurant, equine-themed, for a post show gathering. The Potters know the owner and there is a delicious spread for about 30 friends of the band. It is down to about half that when I leave at 2 AM
Saturday is a late wakening, with a leisurely back-road trip to Saratgoa Springs that in includes a visit to Sienna College and Saratoga Lake.
And based on Joe's advice, I take a different and more efficient route into the park, earlier, in order to make sure I make the show. No problem, there is still plenty of room when the band takes the stage, after an intro fronm Dave hisself, for a short set punctuated by closer "Pain in My Heart". No Flying V tonight, but they sound great in the big venue, Grace in a contrasting striped dress. My plan is to beat feet home after The Nocs, and I said my goodbyes earlier, so after a final wave to The Potters down below, I head out. Traffic is very light, especially on the section of I-90 in NY as darkness fell, and I am home by 11:30. Never would have thought that the ride to Saratoga would be a few minutes shorter then the ride to Higher Ground...
Scene in the crowd over the two nights Adrienne....Kate...1/2 half of The Placid People, Aya and friends Kelma, some of Bryans old friends, including Purdy, Peter Prince..the Moon Boot Lover, Charlie Brown from Waitsfield, CSdasmack, Carrjo spotted downstairs, and some other Potter St. Lawrence friends.
Ain't No Time
NBTW> Angel Band> BWG
Pain in My Heart
Answer to phone question: "Dude, where you at?"
KCowllover #1 [-]
thanks Van..as always a fantastic review. I remember going to see DMB in Chicago about 10 years back...and feeling VERY old. I was surrounded by kids in high school and they screamed the lyrics at the top of their lungs!
greppson #2 [-]
My Recent Posts hey folks, i uploaded my recordings of the two shows to a dmb torrent site called dreamingtree.org. the direct links are below. you will be able to find them on the archive.org in another day or two.
nate - do you need/want me to send copies along?
LoveThatRhodes #4 [-]
Thanks for the tape greppson - had unfortunately missed most of them saturday night
06-13-2010, 01:23 PM
Tedheadone Great Woods, um Tweeter Center, nope..Comcast Center Mansfield MA. 6/24/08 #1 [-]
Thunderstorms rolling through the area. Two inches of rain in the afternoon. Lightning striking the roof of Great Woods. Leaks in the roof. Bryan and Aya taking 6 1/2 hours to get in from Burlington. Crowd worse then NY....words I never expected to utter...
Premium parking in the lot by RT 140 for easy exit...$30. Premium parking on the premises, with the same premise of "easy exit" for $40. Can you believe?? and all oversold judging by the peeps asking me, at the very friggin rear of the joint, "is this premium parking?" after they got shunted into that lane.
My opinion, and that's all it is, is that there is a serious issue at this place...the woods along the parking lot are full of kids takin a leak. Guys and girls. Not 20 feet from the line of traffic crawling by, 10 guys lined up against a chain link fence....Geez, the lots should be lined with port-a-potties... especially if they are planning to let everybody drink all afternoon. I left right after The Nocs, and they were still trying to stuff cars way in the back, peeps parked haphazardly. Traffic jammed due to a little fender bender way out back in the lot that included an almost 16 year old girl nearly passed out in the back seat, delivered soon, by ambulance to the local hospital. Proud parents soon to be notified... Security watching kids climb a hill and cut the fence. Seriously, it looked like border jumpers along the Rio Grande...Way out of control...and the issue here, like at SPAC, is that unticketed fans come to tailgate..costs nothing to park and no one disturbs them...resulting in long delays and no parking for the peeps that are going in. DMB had started by the time I could think about getting in my car to leave (after helping park others!) and it was obvious that lots of peeps in the lot had no intention of heading inside. The whole thing was gross... Come to think of it, I guess low expectations are in order for anything "Comcast"...
Nice, though, to run into One Away before the show and catch up!! GPN took the stage and delivered a set well received by the sparse crowd there. Very nice to hear Paris, and played in original form. Haven't heard this song since the one time I heard the reworked version awhile ago.
NBTW featured a very loose 4 way that had Scott banging a cymbal with his hand...
Scene in the crowd...The aforementioned One Away, Jodi in from W. Rutland, Aya and her cousin and friend, Guitar Tech Guest Swany, and Adrienne sidestage
Saygracenow #2 [-]
My Recent Posts Will look in to some battle pay for you Van.
one away man Short and sweet! #3 [-]
Grace called it "Great Woods"...good for her. Some young Dave Matthews fans in front of me were a bit taken aback by that..."It's the Comcast Center."
Does anyone remember the days when corporate logos, blatant advertising and big money sponsorship did not control professional sports and popular music?
The only thing worse than the way they allow the kids to come in and party is the way they lay in waiting, security crawling all over the lot and police on bicycles ready to bust them.
As I was leaving, after about 30 minutes of DMB, five cops had one poor kid surrounded and handcuffed.
Anyway, yes the crowd was sparse...yes the rain caused delays...yes the parking situation is a nightmare...but boy did the band sound good.
I hadn't seen them since Portsmouth, N.H. way back in February.
I'd missed Grace going glam with the makeup and the bleached blond hair, Scott's beatnick look, and Matt's "Rollie Fingers" moustache.
They were tight from the first chords of Mary, through the wailing of Ain't No Time and on into the thumping introduction to Mastermind.
Apologies was nice and tranquil, setting the stage for Stop the Bus which absolutely ROCKED!
I agree Tedhead, glad to hear the old Paris rollicking along up to the ooh la las.
And, the four way drum jam had fresh life again...Matt got to take a walk on lead before knocking over his cymbal stand and microphone.
A very short but sweet set.
See you again on Monday at 'da Box!
Xak151X It will always be Great Woods #4 [-]
But the new management needs some lessons......Premium parking use to be $15-20....its now $40......100+% markup is not right!! With the extra $$$ these idiots are getting do you think they could rent more Port-A-Johns, get some garbage cans out to the lots, and bring back the big bubbas in golf carts (they always did a better job than the cops)........the place has gone down the crapper!!! I will seriously think about going back there.
(This observation was from my last trip a week ago to see Tom Petty). Van, as usual, you got it right!! Hit the nail right on the head!!
After Petty, due to lack of cans, the whole lot looked like a freaking land fill........
KCowllover #5 [-]
got one word...WOOOOF.
that sheet aint right. a flip of the bird goes to the new management. It should NOT be like that.
nate erwin #6 [-]
GPTN Web Czar
i was pleasantly surprised by SPAC, having never been there before, and incredibly disappointed with Great Tweeter Comcast Woods having been my home turf for so many years with fond memories of it being a great place to go see a summer show. i echo van's sentiments. this place is sitting firmly in the crapper. but good GPN/DMB show!
06-13-2010, 01:29 PM
Tedheadone Skowhegan Opera House #11 [-]
Anyone with visions of the rocky Maine coast, icy brine and lobsters was disappointed. Everyone else, very happy.
Drive to Maine, go past Portland, Augusta, and a ways past Waterville. Make a left and go 14 miles further inland through farmfields and you end up in Skowhegan. The river courses right thru downtown and two dams control its quick descent behind the municipal building. And after several passes, figure out this is "The Opera House" taking up the top two floors, sideways in the four story building. I pass the Police Dept. on the way up.
The venue is late afternoon bright, sun streaming thru the tall windows, and the newly refinished hardwood floors gleam as The Nocs work sound check. It is whitewashed throughout and bright.I wander around and get a good, old school feel for the place. Imagine what different acts have crossed this stage over the years. Probably even old vaudeville.
This is a weekend, downtown festival and there is also a line formed in front of the old movie theater as well. I stroll down and get a delicious carve BBQ pork loin sandwich at a sidewalk vendor, after running into carrjo & kired among others.
Returning, there is a healthy line formed for the G.A. show. A late soundcheck for The Brew is all that stands between entry and the crowd, who finally, orderly, come in and stake their seats. I opt for second row on the aisle.
The Brew, newly signed by Nocs manager Justin, bring it tonight. A lot of fans that come right done front with the promoters blessing. Lots of dancing. My seat is enhanced by a beautiful young woman in a halter topped, long skirt of pastel cotton madras. She is truly the vision of a June night, dancing in the aisle to my right.
A nice set of originals, with a solid cover of Wings "Band on The Run" tossed in for good measure. They even had a clean Steely Dan cover in their sound check.
All in all a very strong opening set, a nice bar set for the Nocs. And the Nocs deliver one of the strongest perfomances in a long time. Streamed live on Maine Public Radio, the set might have been tailored to this broad audience.
Congrats to Mark for delivering the cleanest sound that I can recall. Standing right at the oak bannister in front of the Rhodes, every note, every drum beat, everything was crystal clear. Not too loud, no ear plugs required, I frequently closed my eyes with a smile on my face as music just ran smoothly all around my head. Just the best sound!
During the show, Grace warmly thanked the Town for the wonderful gift basket left for them, and for the Police Officers to flirt with. She also noted how warm it was, and that "We're all sweaty it and kinda brings it together. we all got body odor tonight, so just let it go" to laughter from the crowd.
Sugar as opener
Stop The Bus: forming out of the end of Treat Me Right, a transcendant version, just urgent.
Can't See Thru: sweet harmonies of Grace and Scott
Ragged: crowd completely quiet at the end, allowing Scott to close it
Mary: Matts double tom beats
Aplogies: Matt opening song, and crowd, again, considerately hushed allowing us to develop goosebumps before exploding in applause.
NBTW: Matt has a different, new beat mid song
Tonight's the night: funky kinda vibe led by Scott
Over Again: Stunning version, jaws dropping in the crowd. Crescendo of Furiosity never better
Angel Band: a full version into a soulful Big White.
Matt, Grace and Scott came out to meet with peeps after the show. As I said to Grace.."who knew Skowheagan would be a keeper?!"
Scene in the crowd. Justin and Nate, plus Posse Dave, John, toofarnorth, kired, snowbird, lainnie and Karen, tipi and help me out if I missed any others.
a memorable night...and back to sisters in Portland asleep by 2 AM. Resting up for Hampton Beach :-)
SmokinJoe #15 [-]
Here are my tapes from Skowhegan Opera House:
vtsnowbird26 #16 [-]
My Recent Posts Just listening now, what a hot show, and joe - your tapes are smokin - thanks for getting them out there!
06-13-2010, 10:45 PM
Tedheadone Hampton Beach Ballroom 6/28/08
It's a misty cool evening at the beach. T shirt and shorts are a bit underdressed for the weather, but, HEY!, it's all I got..
The warmth from the first floor arcade below the ballroom pours out onto the boardwalk and feels good. I head inside and find Posse Carrjo, Tipi, and Kired by the rail for this General admission show. They have survived a Skowhegan motel and lived to tell about it. The crowd fills in nicely for The Nocs and Grace and the boys come onstage at 8 PM. Grace is in a light blouse over a tank top and coral jeans, and the guys are in, well, jeans and a T shirt.
Opener "Sugar" draws the crowd in and any that weren't in yet surely are for "Stop The Bus". After "Meantime" Grace smirks and asks "Are you sufficiently warmed up yet?", and then tosses her empty cup over here shoulder into the crowd as she leaves the B-3.
Short and sweet opening set for The Black Crowes, including "new single" Apologies", which holds up well even with a noisy, Saturday night crowd. Closer "NBTW" done straight, no 4 way for the first time in a long time. After the set, I hear many enthusiastic new converts around me. Opening for the Crowes will likley do more for the band then the DMB crowd...
Scene in the crowd: The Posse as noted, plus as we hung in the back by the tables.. Justin, Nate, Scott, Jen, Matt, Aya, Bryan, Mark parade by us in a hail of High 5's on there way to a suite upstairs to watch the Crowes. If Grace paraded by, I missed her (?), but she did join them in the suite upstairs for part of the set.
And after a half dozen songs, I head downstairs, out on the strip, for a slice of pizza and head home..
FrenchSteph Vanny! #1 [-]
Look at you go. It's summertime touring. At least it was a shorter drive the last few days. So, it seems like it's been awhile since we've heard or in my case seen (since I live way over here now) "Every Mile" and "Delta Fark" on the set-list. I like those dirtier tunes... "Arms Length" too - love that one. Several of my faves never made the album, so that's probably why they take a backseat to some of the staples. I'd love to see "Mastermind" put in the trunk and one of the dirtier tunes take it's frequent spot on the set-lists. I'm one of the few Mastermind dislikers out there. I know, blasphemy... I made a negative on the forum.
Have fun with the rest of the New England shows!
SmokinJoe #2 [-]
My short, but sweet tape is here:
AndyJah has his tape of the Black Crowes on bt.etree.org
FYI... a couple of other tapes I uploaded but didn't post info on here.
Mountain Jam show... http://www.archive.org/details/gptn2008-05-30.earthworks.flac16f
Lebanon Opera House last year http://www.archive.org/details/gptn2007-05-25.lsd2.flac16f (they had asked us not to upload it until August, then I forgot)
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Saygracenow #3 [-]
No drums. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.
Xak151X Sunday the drums were back #4 [-]
Sunday the set was about the same length with one less song but the drum solo back. John was nice enough to let Keri do the honors on the Cowbell for a bit!! However, he lost his drum stick!! Was this show also taped???
John and Van on their way to the islands......Have a good time at the Chicken Box. Grace told you, John, you'll really like the place. From what I've heard, its very intimate! Cant wait to hear those reviews.....
06-13-2010, 10:57 PM
Tedheadone Night Two, Hampton 6/29/08 #5 [-]
Well, another sold out crowd not dampened by early evening rains
Strong set again, many new converts for sure..3rd show of six nights in a row. Been a while since the pipes have done that...I'm guessin some voice rest coming up on the islands..
Meantime: Bryan continues to drive this song. Grace strong on the B-3
Paris: old school version, Grace goin' for a little crowd participation
NBTW: Scott tasty little solo plus 4way
Over again: A song tailor made for the Crowes Crowd
Post set, Grace went to the merch table and signed and snapped pics right up until Crowes first song
Tables turned Department: John and Steve thought they would turn the table on Grace by going through the line and when they got to the front, hand Grace their camera and ask HER to take a pic of THEM. They had some giddy looks on their faces as they approached, looking like mice ready to snatch the cheese out of a mouse trap. And so they get there, hand her the camera and throw their arm around each others' shoulder and smile for the camera. Grace pleasantly takes the camera, extends it arms length (now THERE"S a song...) and takes a picture of herself, smiles, and returns the camera- a true Gotcha! which made everyone laugh!
Big White gate
QUOTE FROM VAN: Tables turned Department: John and Steve thought they would turn the table on Grace by going through the line and when they got to the front, hand Grace their camera and ask HER to take a pic of THEM. They had some giddy looks on their faces as they approached, looking like mice ready to snatch the cheese out of a mouse trap. And so they get there, hand her the camera and throw their arm around each others' shoulder and smile for the camera. Grace pleasantly takes the camera, extends it arms length (now THERE"S a song...) and takes a picture of herself, smiles, and returns the camera- a true Gotcha! which made everyone laugh!
OH MY LORD - I'm laughing myself silly back here in VT!!!!!
SmokinJoe #7 [-]
I'm pretty sure there were tapers Sunday as well. Check the archive in a few days.
tipiboy #8 [-]
Tbone was taping both nights!
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Hampton Beach Casino
Hampton Beach, NH
Opened for The Black Crowes
Recorded and transferred by Andy Murray
45' from stage just left of center DINa
Schoeps mk4>KC5>CMC6>Sonosax SX-M2>Apogee Mini-me(aes out@24 Bit/96 khz)>COAX>Edirol R-4
Edirol R-4>USB>Soundforge 8.0(tracking)>FLAC
Stop the Bus
Treat Me Right
Nothing But The Water
Treatmeright #10 [-] Thanks Andy
Thanks for another show Andy!
06-14-2010, 08:53 AM
one away man The Chicken Box-6/30&7/1
The third time is a charm!
Just posted on the schedule page for the Chicken Box, Nantucket Island's home for live music.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals June 30 and July 1!!!!!!!!!
In 2006, fresh off their breakout at Bonaroo they mesmerized the Nantucket crowd, surviving a microphone problem during the encore.
Last year, in 2007, they blew the roof off the place. I still have visions of Matt and Grace driving off into the night on their moped!
What can we expect for their third appearance at the Box?
Nothing less than fireworks, I'm sure.
Anyone who needs help arranging transportation or accomodations can email me at
Bring on the posse!
one away man Onward, through the fog...#1[-]
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Your Nocturnals beat reporter declined an offer to be met at the boat and driven to the show...but no.
He preferred to meander up and down the foggy lanes and cobblestone alleys, between whaling captain's mansions and pizza joints in search of that oasis of rock 'n roll music. Fortunately, the island is only so big that all roads do lead to the Box .
Anyway, after four shows in four nights and a long day of travel everything was in place for another noctilicious evening.
The bar was full, many of them 20 somethings who couldn't shut up if their lives depended on it.
I'll let him write the full review, but the last thing I remember was Tedhead walking the dog down Daves Street into the late night fog.
Tedheadone Back to the Frat House, umm, Chicken Box, 6/30/08 #2[-]
and luckily finding my way back..
Seriously, in the 3rd year of coming to Nocs shows here, I finally discovered that there is a whole commercial district about 50 yards away. It's been foggy....and once again, I walked past the road to The Box and had to ask directions, and was routed in around the block. But not before stopping at The Schooner near the docks intown for a fish sandwich. You should see the HUGE motor yachts lined up, and more coming for the holiday. This the land of the million dollar starter home..
Before the show, I spend a little time with owner John who laments the vagaries of the crowd(s) here. Cracker only drew around 50 people, and he said more and more he is going to cover bands, because the bigger names are likely to lose him money. This is a storied old joint he bought several years ago. He had gone off island up to Hampton to for the Sat night show.
No opener tonight, so doors at 9 for a 11:15 or so start time. Once the band takes the stage, an older woman comes down stage right and starts yellin' she ahs been waiting 45 minutes. Turns out she had already been complaining to Nicole at the merch table. Grace correctly ignores here and she melts back into the crowd after sayin' her piece.
Joey opens a dozen song set...
Meantime: Bryan looks ready to bust loose and come stage center to drive the song. I don't think the stage is big enough.
Sugar: Scott gets tasty
Apologies: man, you should have heard the dull roar of the crowd drowning this song. I half expected Grace to skip this song due to the frat house atmosphere.
Treat: Bryan and Scott get off on a sweet little tangent, Bryan sounding very John Paul Jones "Dazed and Confused" Zep-like here
Bus: Scot sweetness
NBTW: featured an accompanied part 1, and a compressed 4 way. Compressed because they have had a floor tom back there for Bryan's used. Tonight this floor tom is set stage left front...I wonder why..
Sweet Hands: delightful re-appearance
and I'd like to tell you "Watchin You" was a highlight, but it was dropped from the planned setlist.
Encore was Petty's "Runnin Down A Dream". Scott opened on floor tom. Nice work, Grace perhaps a tad hesitant on vocals, which can happen when lyrics are pasted on the keyboard, understandable for this first time crowd pleaser.
afterwards Grace admiited that onstage heat, humidity, and allergies had taken a bit of a toll...by the end, her legs were just glistening with sweat, but after just relaxing a bit in a lounge chair, she was back at it in the green room, strummin' acoustic guitars with Mark
Aint No Time
Runnnin Down a Dream
and, ya know, they mighta stayed out for one more, but I fogged out..
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Damn I love these reviews!!!
carrjo2 Chicken Box #4[-]
Paris followed Runnin Down A Dream
Van fogged out 8*) Thanks fo another great review!
06-14-2010, 08:55 AM
Tedheadone Night Two, Chicken Box 7/1/08 #6[-]
At least no drunken hecklers to start the show
06-14-2010, 09:00 AM
Tedheadone End of an Era @ Outerlands, Martha's Vineyard 7/2/08 Lead[-]
End of an Era..
It kills me to write that....Look, it took 3 weeks to choke that out on the keyboard... but Mark finished up on Jul 1st and Jen closed out on Jul 2nd . Of the seven folks that have criss-crossed the U.S.of A. the last three years, only the core four are still on the bus... After three years of making sure everyone was where they were supposed to be, when they were supposed to be there, Jen moves on to do some promoting and hopefully performing. I will miss her with The Nocs terribly, but it's not the end of knowing her, for sure!
The trip over to MV starts with Matt having to back the van and trailer on to the open ferry. I bet his palms were as sweaty for that as they were opening for DMB as truck drivers and other passengers watch the load-on process. The 45 minute ride is as pleasant as a summer day can be and a short ride gets us to Outerlands. Great venue, on it's own lot near the airport, no immediate neighbors. The area in front of the stages is sunken, much like House of Blues, with raised areas and bars up on either side. There is a distinctive mural painted on one wall that blends into an actual shingled "exterior" wall with window. Many of the walls hold framed concert posters from the clubs history, dating back to the early Eighties, when Carly Simon started it as Hot Tin Roof.
Perhaps in a nod to Jen's last night, the set list includes several older favorites.. Treat, Joey, Apologies, Go Down Low, and Sweet Hands
Highlights tonight: for me it's Jen with Grace on Go Down Low
Treat: nice building opener
Meantime: Bryan, as always
Sugar: Scott works in a "Paint It Black" tease followed by Tequila shots
Big White Gate: Grace particularly plaintive
Sweet Hands: Matt's a little flashy
Runnin Down a Dream: dedicated to Jen Crowell
It's a late night, and for the band, Jen, and Nicole, it gets longer...they sit outside the hotel till about 5 AM wrappin' up Jens tenure with a few brews...
So... after catching the 11 AM ferry to Woods Hole, Jen and I exit and watch, from a distance, as the van pulls off the ferry. Matt, with his distinctive silhouette, is at the wheel as "Grace Potter and The Nocturnals" head south to catch up with The Black Crowes, Jen heads to her new career in Vermont, and I head back to reality.
Sniff............and Nocs version 2.2 morphs into 2.3
Ain't No Time
Go Down Low
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Very nice Ted..I've not had the chance to get to know Jen as you have but the few incounters we've had she has been as sweet as our John says. It won't be the same not see her running around a venue before during and after a show but my hope is she will be playing a lot in our home state. Thank you Jen for all you have done for our favorite band and you will be a Nocturnal and in our hearts forever.
Always love to read your reviews Van, and always an excited to read them, but this is the first one that made me a bit sad. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences always. Wishing the very best for Jen and Mark and hoping that their careers along with the 4 Nocturnals will continue to blossom and grow.
I have to say that I love listening to Jen's CD Cold Front and hope that I'll hear live again soon.
Saygracenow Mark & Jen #3[-]
It's a long tough road out there. Every night we go upstairs to our own beds and start it up again from our own homes in the morning. The band does not. Let us not all forget how hard it is out there. Mark & Jen will be missed.
Jen and Mark...see you on the other side! thank you for all the hard work you put in and best wishes to the both of you. You will be very missed. Have fun RUNNIN DOWN YOUR DREAM!!!
Xak151X .....Tear in my eye.. #5 [-]
You know, Van's reviews usually make me smile......and this one did too, but it also brought a tear to my eye.
I'll always appreciate everything Jen did for me and the band. Not a better, more likeable or sincere person out there!!
Good luck again Jen and maybe see you in Burlington??
Wally and Keri
Xak151X on a lighter note....#6 [-]
"...Choke that Out....." I think there is a song in there somewhere!!!
Well put Amy! See you on The Other Side Someday! And of course best of luck in all you do but you know what? I don't worry about either of you or your futures. Everyone I've met in this Crazy Parade are such high quality human beings that I believe this world needs what you've all got ... And will be buying! I know I'm all in ... If there is anything I can do for either of you in the future ... please don't rob me of the chance!
BTW ... I enjoyed all of your words as much as Amy's ... It was just her who said what I was thinking. You are all evidence to prove my theory about the people who Grace and The Nocturnals attract ... Quality. Thanks all of you for being so smart ... You make all the wrong %#+! irrelevant. And that's saying something
thanks Tipi..right back at cha.
by the way, I picked up a copy of Original Soul while in St Louis...how in the world it has taken me this long to get one I can't explain. But, to get to my point....Go Down Low haunts me...I wake up and it's in my head, go to bed-yep, in my head...I absolutely love that song, and really love the CD. Jen's voice is such a nice compliment to Grace...and quite nice on it's own. I am sure we will be hearing from her in the future!
06-14-2010, 09:30 AM
tape will be up in a few days, here's a sample:
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Running Down A Dream (Tom Petty)
greppson,sounds great! GPTN are doing so many great covers recently...Paint It Black,Running Down A Dream! From someone stuck in Jersey tonight,it was great to hear the closing song of tonight's show! Can't wait for your tape! Thanks,Dollar
Good afternoon, everyone. Great show last night. Sound was stellar, lighting was spot on and the performance was classic. I am currently getting my gallery of photographs online...they should be up real soon. I will get the Nocturnals gallery up first, then Blues and Lasers. My shots of The Leaves on Friday are already to go, as well.
A special shout out to The Potterville Posse for making room near the stage for soon after the show started. I was "somewhere" else and couldn't grab a nice spot up front as usual. I am sure The Posse will appreciate the shots I got from the beginning of the show. I'm pretty sure some of you will see yourselves. ;-)
skifurther - I'm hoping I can post them on http://www.thisissomewhere.com/ when you're done?
Drop me a note, thanks.
skifurther - I'm hoping I can post them on http://www.thisissomewhere.com/ when you're done?
Drop me a note, thanks.
Sure thing. I owe you a few photos already. I've been sort of busy with the guy from NJ that I work with...that tour ends the end of this month so I will have a lot more time.
Normally I would direct you all to my galleries page on my web site at www.amsaddler.com , where you can find some older GPN and Jammys photographs, but I am doing a slight redesign and don't want to update my galleries area until I am done. So, I will make you all a deal...visit my site at the above link, enjoy the photographs and then you can use these direct links to this past weekend.
The Leaves http://www.amsaddler.com/the_leaves_08_15_08
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals http://www.amsaddler.com/grace_potter_08_16_08
Blues and Laser gallery to follow
Some great shots, love the lake backdrop
Xak151X nice!! #21[-]
Great shots of Bostonone and Saygracenow in the front row!!
The rest were awesome too!! Nice job!
tape will be up in a few days, here's a sample:
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Running Down A Dream (Tom Petty)
thanks .......any idea when and where the show will be available ?
Definately saw taping going on ... Didn't talk to any of them as they were mostly back by the boards ... But this is The Show to get ... Now ... Until the next one 8*)
Quality is excellent!! Can't wait to hear the whole show!
Blues and Lasers photo gallery is live...http://www.amsaddler.com/blues_and_lasers_08_16_08/
Love the photos (especially awesome one of Aya onstage on Friday- really nice!) Audio sample is excellent as well - will stay tuned for more. What a great three days of music, so glad to have been there.
tekawitha shows#27 [-]
Enjoyed both shows - what a night - and, in my opinion, the bands outshone the moon [which was gloriously whole and bright]
p.s. how do I insert a pic? tx in advance
ElectrifyingMojoMan Show from archive.org is up#28[-]
I have it at http://www.thisissomewhere.com/
Hey Potterville Fans,
I've posted some pics on my website from the Lake Champlain show.....
Love your photos Nancy - not only GPN but all the great bands you showcase. Thanks for sharing them. That favorite drummer spotlight is way cool!
tekawitha burlington show #31[-]
does anyone know if the flac files are up on bt.etree yet? I didn't seem to locate them.
Sorry, don't know about the flac files...
nancynm Photos #33[-]
Thanks...hope you continue to enjoy them...I'll be moving the website to:
Dunno bout bt.etree ... But I grabbed of of archive.com
06-14-2010, 10:23 AM
It seems that so many of were at the Festival that no one actually shared a reveiw here. I'm putting in some highlights as it really was a spectacular weekend.
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival – 2008
For Posse Members – this was known as Rock the Docks weekend
And what a weekend it was – highlight of course being the all day shows by members of the Nocturnal Family starting and ending with The Leaves. Aya’s band kicked off the midday with a great set that Gary and I just managed to catch – as we were walking into the festival we heard her voice beckoning us over - Sweet!
Later in the afternoon, a group of us arrive early and catch sound check with is really like a mini concert for us – Double Sweet.
After asking us to exit the stage area and re-enter with tickets in hand, we settle in down in front for Blues and Lasers – this was my first live show of this talented bunch, and I like it just fine.
A quick break and rearrange the stage (removing the Steve’s second drum set) and Grace comes on with a heart felt thank you to the guys for opening the mainstage show for the evening. Blistering night of music follows with the full moon rising over Scott’s shoulder.
But wait, there’s more, after the Maritime Festival concert is over, we head up to Nectars for the after Party – Aya is playing again with The Leaves – a fitting way to end this evening as it started hearing hear soulful voice. Grace jumps up to sing Angel from Montgomery with her and Bryan is on stage as well.
All the band members are relaxing and unwinding after the Maritime show and it’s a happy group of Posse Peeps that get their group photo taken with Grace but Putt – thanks Laura for capturing a great memory of a great night and day of Nocturnal Music!
You can check out it out below and relive the moment or get a taste for what we saw in this slideshow with soundtrack from the night taken directly from archive.org. Or in a short clip of the jam part of Stop the Bus that just sizzled, this video is from 3 rows in and captures the crowd energy and love with dancin heads and arms waving - but it put it in all the same just because of that energy both on stage and in the crowd!
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