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06-14-2010, 09:56 AM
Tour: Fall 2008
12/15/08 Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in Buffalo,NY The Town Ballroom United States
12/14/08 Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in Cincinnati,OH 20th Century Theatre United States
12/13/08 Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in Cleveland,OH Beachland Ballroom United States
12/12/08 Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in Chicago,IL Martyr
06-14-2010, 12:46 PM
Tedheadone Unity Theater#2[-]
Unity, NH, where Obama and Hillary had their post convention photo op, should not be confused with Unity, ME where GPN had a rock op. This is the third visit to this charming little venue, in an out of the way very small college town. Very small college. The last time in, the band made it in during a big snowstorm, but only about 30 + folks made it to the show.
Rt 139 twists and turns thru a couple of towns, and I have to pay close attention the road signs on my way to this spot about 90 miles north of Portland. And the only reason I didn't drive right by the venue was because I saw the van under the portico on the main entrance on the side of the building.
The Unity Theater is a converted barn behind and attached to an old farmhouse. A local charitable couple renovated the whole thing and then donated it to the college. The front farm house has a couple exhibition rooms on the front . Above that is an apartment for the use of visiting performers. The rear part of the house is the entrance area, very attractive and open to the second floor with a staircase going up on the side for the balcony area. There is a large stuffed moose by the staircase and Nicole has set up a pair of tables for Merch, and Tipi is across from her, clipboard in hand. A bar is set up with Sebago Brewery in this bright, crisp and clean lobby. One of the front rooms is set up with some cheese and crackers, etc, and appears like it might be a benefactor thing, but no signs. I slip in a couple of times and snark of few cheese cubes. This is what is going to have to pass for dinner.
The entrance to theater itself is closed, but I poke my head in for the end of sound check. This place would be a great place for a Halloween show because it seems like the inside of a big pumpkin when you walk in. The backdrop is orang-ish velvet, the seats are yellow-ish orange velourish, and it just has an orange hue . A slight ramp drops me in the middle of the theater. There are just five rows of 13 seats ahead of me. Behind me, on either side of the ramp entrance, are about 7 rows of 5-6 seats giving us about 135 seats. The small balcony adds another 64 seats, so we are right around 200 seats in the theater. There is about 12-15 feet from the stage to the first row. Post and beam construction with knotty pine walls on the first 8 feet from the floor to the first beam.
The opener is Shawn Mercer and the Boondock Blues Band. He has a nice patter, good voice, but toofarnorth accuratle described song #2 as a work in progress. Scott told me that Shawn was someone that they had hooke dup with early and had helped get them some early gigs in Maine. Scott joined the band for the final three songs, and the last song featured a very nice solo series with Shawns lead guitarist.
The promoter, Dave, is the same guy that did the Skowegan show. Before Shawn, he notes that they have sold a lot of tickets, and that the area in front of the seats will be standing. So after Shawn, I snare a spot next to our TooFarNorth-ern Maine contingent and Tipi. Grace's first words also encourage folks to fill in, and they do. This is the first night with their own equipment since Burlington, and the first show in several days. Grace's voice reflects this as it is strong and clear throughout.
Treat Me Right; Delicious seque into this song from Ain't No Time
Go Down Low: Only good thing about Jen's departure...brought this song back into the setlist orbit
Mystery Train: been awhile..
Meantime: Bryan rocks this song everytime
Can't See Through; Crowd gave Grace the silence this song fills so sweetly
Ragged Company: Grace nailed a very long vocal with one breath..nice
Sweet Hands: Matt kicks serious drum ass at the finish
NBTW: Bryan on snare tonight during the solo
Pain: soul full
Paris: The finale. what a different opening to this song tonight!
At the end... Grace: "we got all kinds of merch out front, and I'll be out to hug everybody. And if you buy a frisbee, I'll throw it to ya. Ok, now I feel like a ho."
The band, save Matt, hung out in the lobby after the show. And I don't know how Todd, Derik and Mom got out w/o a chance to say good bye, so instead.."Cya soon!"
My night ended with the boys & Nicole on the front porch in easy chairs. And a 12:30 departure, last out of the parking lot, got me to my sisters in Portland by 2 AM for a 7 AM alarm in order to make a meeting in Harvard Square by 9:30
Fashion Note: Grace in black jeans, a black scoop neck, with silvery necklace tied at the neckline, topped by a sheer, 3/4 sleeved, black transitioning to white background, with small rose pattern. And Amy's favorite red boots.
Ain't No Time
Go Down Low
Can't See Through
Pain IN My Heart
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Unity Centre for the Performing Arts
Source: Earthworks Z30XL > Hydra > Busman V-mod R4 (24/48)
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02 Ain't No Time
03 Treat Me Right
04 Go Down Low
05 Mystery Train
06 Stop the Bus
08 Can't See Through
09 Ragged Company
11 Sweet Hands
01 Nothing But The Water (I/II/drums/II)
02 Angel Gate
03 Big White Gate
04 crowd/band intros
05 Ah Mary
06 dedicated to Otis Redding
07 Pain In My Heart
Van - You are so lucky to have the means to get to see GPN as often as you do. I appreciate your inside perspective and updates. Thank you so much!
Tedheadone Black Monday?#4[-]
The "means" have turned into "mean-time"
As usual, such a great read!! thank you Van. and besides the red boots...orange is one of my favorite colors. that venue sounds like HEAVEN to me.
sure do miss you Van!! will see you in December....
Saygracenow Mean Time#6[-]
Keep the head up Van- The Mean-time is better then No-time.
Great stuff sir! Sorry we didn't get a goodbye but I was beat. Got a quick squeeze goodbye from herself cause she was right by the door ... And I had been there just hangin' since 5. It was great to see you as always. First thing I did friday morning was move a lot of stuff to cash ... But there was no escaping it. Hope it wasn't debilitating. Well said Micheal.
Nice recap, thank you. Loved seeing Grace and the guys in a venue that size.
It's a neat place but sure could use some signage, I was walking and had trouble finding it ! !
Sorry about wandering off without saying goodbye Van. Think you were talking with Grace maybe ? I was busy convincing one of the guys traveling with my kid that I was perfectly capable of walking the roughly 1000 ft to the B&B without an escort - LOL. Maybe we'll see you in Northampton ?
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Van - If I ever end up with an extra ticket (like I did at the Ridgefield show) - its yours! Fortunately, I have not felt the crunch like most people, since I took on a new client last year. Things are good for now! Things are better when I'm at a GPN show!
toofarnorth Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Live at Unity Centre for the Performing Arts on 2008-09-12 #10[-]
Yay!�Figured out how to embed a player on this site.�It's for SmokinJoe's archive.org�capture of the Unity show
Excellent work as usual SJ - many thanks. What would we do without you !
kired My two cents taken from my Blog#11[-]
The trip started off late, as usual, so our caravan was hauling down the interstate. As we neared the exit for my sis-in-laws (our bed for the night), "Ah Mary" came on Sirius, from the back we here a little girls voice, "Can you turn that up?" I turn it up, "a little more?" Up it goes, "A little more!" What a great start to my Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Weekend.
After a quick drop off of the kids, Ellyn (3rd show), Matt (2nd), Curtis (virgin), and I (5th); made our way to Unity as quickly as possible. Once inside the venue, we see Potterville Posse member Todd doing he email gathering thing. The usual greetings are exchanged, excitement was palpable. I introduce myself to Nicole, the new Merch person. I must say, she is a sweetheart comparable to our Jen. It turns out she got the job by answering a Craig's List ad. She didn't even know which band it was for. While chatting with her, I finally laid my hands on the Blues and Lasers CD. Woot!
When we enter the venue, we can't find seats together. Turns out the 200 seat venue had sold around 300 tickets. Mom heads down to sit with Van, Matt and Curtis end up in the back and Ellyn finds us seat next to Shawn Mercer's family. Shawn Mercer would be the opening act for the night.
Shawn's set was damn good. He definitely has some interesting songs, including topics such as Sweetbread, climbing trees, and taking out compost. The gentleman who was playing lead for Shawn that night (he has a rotating crew) was damn good. During one of his solos, he performed a pitch perfect scat to match his playing. Super cool.
The thing that made the set so sweet, Mr. Scott Tournet came out and sat in. He would later confess that he didn't know the songs at all. I'll tell you, with out noticing the concentration on his face, you would never know. It is my humble opinion, that Scott is just getting better and better; and this author can't wait to see just how good he gets.
During the break, I made my way up to the front to talk to Todd, Van and Mom. I just happened to be standing in front of Graces monitors (when on guitar), when the band walks on stage. SERENDIPITY! I stayed there too, for one damn rocking, floor bouncing, ass kicking show. I could do that every f'n night of my life. I was hearing the guitars off of their amps, Grace's voice from her monitors, and the drum nice and clear. It was so damn good I tell ya!
The drum jam, or "orgy" as I call it, was interesting as the stage was so small. I'll tell you it may have been a pain for them to get around the kit, but they rocked it anyway.
Unfortunately, I was "stuck" up there without my camera, so I tried to get the best shots I could out of my phone. So the pics are a little dodgy. The set list that appears here, does not tell the correct story. Paris was moved to the encore, I assume due to a broken E1 string (see pic of Scott, it's the weird line) on the flying V and the encore ended up being "Ah Mary" followed by "Pain in My Heart" and "If I was from Paris"As the boys left the stage, Grace pushed the merchandise and assured us that anyone who bought a Frisbee would receive some play time.
After the show, we chatted while the crowd filed out. Eventually we ended up in the lobby, where we got to chat with Scott, Bryan and Grace. I got to talk about my new Jazz Bass with Bryan, which was neat. I even understood what he was saying, most of the time. The best part, Matty finally got to meet Grace, they had a nice conversation about his name, car dealerships, and Matt Burr's not being anything but Matt. After assurances about seeing them the next night, we departed for the evening. A Good time was had by all.
Listen to the show over at This is Somewhere.
" I need more pickle in the monitor." Scott Tournet
joester my favorite live show cds' yet #12[-]
this has become my favorite live show cd's to listen to - from what is a small, but slowly growing collection.
I'd be gald to trade this show -2 cd's, with anyone who has a show they like even better that this.
Also, Anyone who's like me and can't download music, I'd be glad to burn copies of this show for you.
the Mystery Train ROCKS - sure sounds like they were enjoying the heck out of playing it!
also - received a CD in flac format - what type of flac player is free and easy to use?
06-14-2010, 01:47 PM
Tedheadone Wilbur Theater 09/25/08#9[-]
The Wilbur Theater is a beauty...brick construction, arch windows, looks old school Boston. Inside, I gotta hand it to 'em. Just in great condition. I understand that the guy who owned the Comedy Connection for 20 years in genuine old school Boston Fanuel Hall let his lease expire there and moved to The wilbur for more space. He removed all the seats on the first floor, put in a service bar and some slight multi level viewing areas. And new red carpet...which will look like hell once enough tears and beers get spilled on it...but looks great now. Now if they can work out the problem with not admitting my bud One Away who was ticketed for GA floor. I was lookin' for ya all night.
So, strolling down the 'red carpet' I find friend Larrys and Wally holdin' up the stage and keeping a space warm for Keri. And after a few minutes of conversation I turned my attention to the two babes, cuties, young women next to me. (I am NOT as dumb as I look...I mean Wally's a nice guy and all...) Turns out that Jenny and Celie had gone out to SF for Outside Lands and happened upon GPN and were sucked in by the giant GPN magnet that we all have experienced first hand. They only got about 20 minutes there, but the band went right to the top of their "must see again" list. They had a blast, were introduced to The Posse by Dave, and I worked 'em the rest of the night..like all the way to the front door...this was not work....they were so enthusiastic and psyched, and promised to poster BU for the next Boston show, and Jenny promised me we would have lots of beautiful girls there...I think this was because I told her that 2-3 years ago, the age demographic was actually much higher at shows then it is now.
Opener Mike Tarbox of The Tarbox Ramblers warmed the crowd a bit. Didn't quite do it for me, but crowd was respectful. And, HEY, while I'm on the subject, the crowd gave Grace all the room she needed on the quiet songs...total silence during emotional parts of Pain and Apologies.
The band took the newly carpeted stage ,with Grace in black jeans, a boat neck, off the shoulders thin black and red vertical striped top , and red boots. The guys took the stage in, well, jeans and a T-shirt. But tonight, not just any T shirt. Bryan rocked the house with a black T with Obama's visage and "Barack 'n' Roll" to go with the Barack Bobblehead on his amp.
Highlights Tonight: Grace commenting on the beautiful hall.."But we like paying rock clubs, too. We've only ever played a rock club in Boston..you know, the place that's kinda swanky..and kinda skanky!!" Dissing the 'Dise...!!
Ragged Company: Semi-rarity these days was a nice opener. Grace took the vocals stratospheric at one point
Mastermind: sweet outro into the intro of
Treat Me Right
Bus: Scott rips
Meantime: Bryan (FINALLY) came right to the front of the stage to just let everybody know who REALLY owns that song. Bryan, it was worth every penny, keep it up.
Pain: As I mentioned, the crowd was rapt, Scott soared, and crowd re-rapted.
Apologies: Rapt turned into rapturous. I looked around and was surrounded by girls singing along. I promised them this would happen a long time ago....
Losing Time: another now semi rarity that Grace said seeing Levon Helm this week inspired back into the set list
Paint it Black: Sparky said to me tonight that he loves what they are doing with their transitions. I couldn't have said it better. This song morphed out of the transition form Sugar. I do wish for "More Verses, Less Chorus" but admit I love the line "I see the girls go by dressed in their summer clothes."
Over Again: This song has 4 verses, but usually only gets the first two in concert. Tonight my ears perked up when verse two was replaced by a latter verse. I mentioned it to Grace later, and she was delighted it was noticed.
Sweet Emotion: Bryan's sorta funky opening riffs, and monitor showmanship. Song was nailed, and today Larry said "They fearlessly tread the hallowed ground of an Aerosmith masterpiece, on their own turf - and came out on top!" Oh man, I hope Joe Perry isn't reading this,he'll kick my ass !!
AngelBand>BWG: another rarity tonight, a second encore.
Scene in the crowd: Grace's Dad and sister Charlotte, Wally, Keri, BostonOne & better half, friend Larry, Cameron Rappeler VanderVeer III (WORD!!), the fan who looks like Jerry Garcia, Adrien and lens, and Nate
And leaving, after all the equipment had been loaded out, I walked out onto the empty, grey carpeted stage, peering first up into the large back stage area before turning to face the empty house...and the view up into the deserted, lit hall was spectacular....I better understand Grace's mid-show comments about playing in a nice place
Ain't No Time
Paint it Black
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one away man Well I got good news...#6[-]
.....she's a real good liar,
'cause the backstage boogie set your pants on fire!
I sang that all the way back to the Cape.
Great setlist, good mix of originals and covers, ballads and rockers.
I hadn't heard Ragged Company before, so that was a special opener. Brian's big bass sound setting the tone for the rest of the night.
I really like what they've done with Treat Me Right (still my favorite); the beginning all spacey and scattered, the finish strong and rockin'.
Scott flexed his muscles on Stop the Bus, wielding his axe like a classsic rocker.
Other highlights were a sweet version of Lose Some Time with Grace on acoustic guitar (dedicated to Levon Helm), a ripping Paris which included a nice "wait...you go, no... I'll go" moment between Scott and Matt, and Over Again which seems to have become their set-ending monster jam.
Still not impressed with Sugar, but it led to a fun romp through Paint It Black. Pain in My Heart came up a little short too.
But overall, a great night in Beantown.
I was very disappointed with the GA on the floor. I got there around 8:45 and they wouldn't let me down there. Perhaps they had reached their capacity. So, I watched the show from the balcony. Sorry I couldn't come down and say hello to Van and Wally, who had prime real estate on the front row, right in front of Ms. P.
She mentioned a certain "rock club" in Boston. Let's hope we see some more shows there this winter.
...You stand in front just a shakin' your ass..
fantastic review One Away!! Treat me Right is always up there in my favorites. You got me so psyched for Nov 5 and 7th when the Nocs come back to the mid west!!
sorry you couldn't get down on the floor. think I would have cried had it been me!!
Xak151X Hell YA!!! #8[-]
One Away we were trying to figure out where you were......now we know!!!
Keri got there about 8:30 and they told her the same thing so she said "But my Dad is down front, I have to give him his car keys...." They let her go down front!!! Of course the cut up Yellow Posse shirt may have had something to do with that!!!
Had a great time dancing with Sparky!!! What a guy!! One of THE most positive people I have ever met!!
On to Toad's...........got a cold but that ain't stopping me!!! Must force fluids........amber ones!!
Posted a few pics on the fancorp site..........
Toad's aside: Keri's been there with Badfish backstage (she's the Van of Badfish!!).......this place put in a HOT TUB for Courtney Love.......and its still there!!!
I can almost hear it...taste it...feel it.....
THANK YOU VAN!! WHO WILL ALWAYS BE "my man"!!
Great recap TH1 - as owllover said - you took us there - thanks much.
New to the board, but definitely not the band...
Great show...Scott, Bryan and Matt were at the top of their game. The band was so tight all night, and Grace's voice was perfect as usual. The second encore was such a nice surprise...I was a bit worried BWG had either been cut or wasn't on the set, but then it really ended the night perfectly.
Met Scott and Bryan after the show, after meeting Scott, Matt and Grace at Farm Aid the previous weekend. I can't say enough about how cool these guys are...they never made me feel uncomfortable or unwelcome around them at all. They're cool guys to just bullshit with. I had to catch the midnight red line train, but hopefully I get to meet up with them again sometime. Damn work nights!
As for the crowd, they were great. I met a few awesome people on the floor next to me who seemed REALLY into the music all night (as was I). I was the guy with the dark hair and the sports coat who was sort of up front and center. If any of ya'll post here, tell me so we can meet up for drinks before a show next time! That goes for the two girls I met at Farm Aid, too, you all helped make for a great night!
Tedheadone Wilbur Theater review#67[-]
Thanks to bostonone for this find...
06-14-2010, 01:55 PM
This is as close as I'm ever gonna get to Yale. Right on campus, across from a gothic stone high rise library on a street lined with stone buildings and gates, fairly dripping with history, is Toad's Place. Toad's has its own history….since 1976, as One Away would say, a stage that's been graced by greats, near greats and ingrates..perhaps none greater then The Rolling Stones in 1989. Unless it's Dylan's 4 set, 5 hour show in 1990, his first club date in 25 years.
Tonight's it GPN turn. Parking on the street, Wally and Keri walk by and John, Steve, and Laura are working the front of the line with Posse cards. I slip next door to a restaurant that must be a gold mine with this campus location, and snare a couple 'o slices of pizza that I come back and munch in the line. The line heads in and I hang back for a minute, before heading in to join wally and Keri in the non-drinking section. How appropriate….Not that it's purgatory, we are right in front the Rhodes, as a bicycle fence juts out from the corner of the B-3 to the back of the room. First timer Gabrielle ,with her mother, is with us.
Blues and Lazers is getting' the crowd going, but I only am able to catch the first 4 songs before heading out on an errand.
Highlights tonight: Matt is strong throughout
Getting in Tune: Who opener brings smiling nods
Mastermind: nice transition to
Treat Me right: Grace got it
Bus; Matt pounds
Meantime: Bryan comes pretty close to the front…
Who Knows: With Benny Yurco on guitar, Grace takes the mic. At one point, she goes down on her haunches at the front of the stage. She comes up slowly, swinging her hips, like a cobra coming out of the basket…never seen that move before
Paris: Percussive opening
Watchin You: Brief taste of Zep's "Dazed and Confused" for the discerning ear
Sweet Hands: Power conclusion
No Expectations: Nice conclusion to the night..
Lowlights tonight: Power went off to keyboards during BWG. Grace motioned to the tech, who responded by bring her a V instead of finding the problem. Then, on first encore ah Mary, he brought her the wrong V. She hit the first chord and Scott just started laughing, Grace joined him with a smile, and then got correct V from the Tech
NBTW: during the 4 way, drunken, barefoot girl hopped upon stage and plodded to the bass drum, which she started to play like a bongo. Bobby, on the far corner, was making the slash move across his throat to the closer monitor guy, who did not see him, so Bobby came across the stage and grabbed her. She seemed to plead to the band "Do you want me to go.?" Grace nodded yes, but Matt waived Bobby off "Let her stay". Bobby shrugged and left. When the solo ended, she kept playing for several seconds and resisted leaving the stage. Not good.
After the show, Gabrielle had a set list, and a drumstick courtesy of Wally and Keri who had caught it. I took her downstairs to get Matt to sign it. He was outside the green room, getting harassed by drunken barefoot girl who wanted in. Matt directed his attention to Gabrielle, and could only smile and shake his head at the pain. He is SO good natured..
A few minutes later, coming out of the green room, I actually had to jostle drunken barefoot girl to get her away from the door so I could close it..
Scene in the crowd: Adriene, Sparky and brother Steve, Lebanon caterer Michael.
Home by 3:15 And up at 8 AM to get in to Harvard Square. From Yale to Harvard in 8:30 hours. Like I said, the closest I'm ever gonna get…
Getting in Tune
Watchin You w/ Benny Yurco
Paint it Black
rocksteadyvybes last night..#6 [-]
Last night's show was AMAZINGGGGGGGGG Toad's is always a good time...Did they only allow 21+ in the front at the show in Feb? I couldnt get to the Feb. show cuz of the weather...
anyways...I have video footage, and tons of pics from last night that i'll be putting up on my blog tomorrow: www.thelittlestwinslow.wordpress.com and I'll be putting the videos there and on youtube (user= rocksteadyvybes)
Does anyone have a setlist from last night? I didnt know some of the songs....i dont have the first album and some of the tracks were new.....
They played a cover of Paint it Black that was RIDICULOUS. I really want a setlist though....anyone know where I can find it?
Check back here or at http://www.thisissomewhere.com/ later today. We'll find a setlist for you!
Xak151X We had plenty of room!!#8[-]
Lovethat Rhodes: Where were you standing?? We got there when the doors opened, stayed on the under 21 side (my daughter is only 20) and were almost in Grace's lap!! It looked like the 21+ side was packed but seemed like there was plenty of room on our side......
Yeah...the under 21 side had PLENTY of room....but i was over there drinking lol... the piano was so far away from us though =/
God dammit...another LENGTHY post just erased..screw yu (-ku)
NATE get 'em on this, willya? Really discouraging when this happens
I think it happens when you try to edit a preview..beware...I have no energy to re-do this...was home at 3:15 Am from New Haven and up at 8...and need some sleep now to head out to Troy, NY.
You should know I ranted about drunken, barefoot girl who went on stage during NBTW solo and started banging the bass drum bongo style AND was obnoxious post show. Fans shouldn't interject themselves into the performance like that IMHO
For the guy who asked...
Gettin in Tune
Treat Me Right
Stop The Bus
Here's to the MEantime
Big white Gate
Paint It Black
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Hey, thanks for posting the setiist! I really appreciate it, and will share my pics and video sooooon (i know i keep saying this but i'm stuck in CLASS all day after being out way late and having to wake up at 730....those beers last night are hitting me hard today)
What was the song with the "la las" at the end?? Was that a new track?
Some I didnt know, still have to pick up the first CD...
Was a little bummed by the lack of Mr. Columbus, but I can't complain...it was a KILLER SHOW
Tedheadone Set #12[-]
Paris was the oh la la song....
Off to Troy...
Super show last night! Here's a bunch of pictures I took with my cell phone camera. Enjoy!
Hey Rocksteady- Mr. Columbus rarely comes out to play.
OMG - Michael how happy are you - another Mr. Columbus Fan!!! heheheheee - it's the devil in me - I just couldn't resist!!!!!!!
06-14-2010, 02:03 PM
Tedheadone Revolution Hall Troy NY 09/27/08 Lead[-]
Okay. After the short night of sleep, the long day, and then losing an hours worth of posting, I just can't get the afternoon sleep in that I plan. I lie down, and I'm just grinding about the lost post. You would, too. So no catch up sleep today..before the 2:30 hour ride to Troy.
Approaching the club, there is a long line down the sidewalk, yet I snare a parking space one off the doors. Walking to the end, I get in line, and as it moves past the restaurant, John comes out and joins me
06-14-2010, 02:15 PM
Tedheadone Grace Solo, Tamarack Grill at Burke MT. 10/04/08 #4[-]
I love a Fall day like this. Get in the car, transfer some wealth to the Middle East, head through and to beautiful country. Burke Mt is a straight shot up RT 93 from the Boston area, and I hit the road at 3 PM for the 195 mile trip north.
I have forgotten how beautiful the drive is through Franconia Notch. Cannon Mountain appears on the left, a shear rock face, with eons worth of rockslides spreading out below it. The ski slopes fall right down to the base, as, above, the aerial tram whisks sightseers to the summit. Echo Lake at its feet completes this fantastic scene. I wonder if this is the only place in the US where the Interstate is permanently reduced to one lane each way for over a mile?
OK, I admit it
06-14-2010, 02:21 PM
Tedheadone Pearl St Ballroom, Northampton Ma 10/09/08 Lead[-]
The Pearl Street Ballroom is a dingy old barn. A dingy old barn where memories are made. Last night was no exception. After openers Farm left many in the crowd perplexed at their musical vision; not helped, for sure, by muddy vocals, GPN took the stage to a good sized Thursday night crowd. Grace noted the musical choices in Northampton..Dr. Dog at The Iron Horse 2 blocks away, she promised the crowd they had made the right choice and invited them to tag along post show on a visit to Iron Horse.
Grace was ready to rock, dressed in a olive scoop neck, gold lettered with Morphine, over a dark blue mini skirt and boots. The Nocs took the stage in, well, jeans and Tshirts. Except Bryan and Scott in button fronts. Bobby was his usual omnipresent self, and Nicole rocked the merch table with enough boxes of shirts to last the next 50 days the band will be out.
Dropping three songs from the set list, and moving one to the encore, on the fly Grace said "this is for K. Cortez" and launched into a tour de force version of the song by the same name. And, oh, by the way, dropping a full NBTW I & II into the middle. As Cortez initially wound down, Grace removed herself and the mic from behind the B3, and came to the front of her Hammond. As she slowly grabbed her tambourine, facing straight at me, it felt like something was brewing…and she slipped over to the mic stand and eased into an unbelievable Cortezified "a capella" (with band) NBTW intro. The NBTW intro sung to the Cortez tune…didn't see this one coming..it came off perfectly..and after the 4 way drum solo, and she settled back at the B3 and NBTW wound down, a segue back into the lines "Cortez, Cortez" simply wowed the crowd.
Highlights Tonight: This short, young kid that worked his way to the front, next to me, with two flowers. Grace finally took them and placed them in her mic stand.."Best thing I'm gonna smell tonight" Then she read the note…"Sorry I couldn't get you a pint. Maybe next time" Grace looks at him and says "YOU"RE TEN YEARS OLD!" What....he thinks she's a lush?
Stop The Bus: rock is on
Ah Mary: prefaced by comment "More Obama signs then we've seen anywhere"
Ain't No Time; great transition into Ragged
Treat Me Right: Staccato B3 and drums near the end
Sugar>Paint it Black transition
Cortez: 'Nuff said…Miracle merge that may re-emerge!
Jet Airliner; Joined by Benny Yurco from BnL, fun to watch Matt's recognition of what song Grace had chosen to end the night. Both Benny and Scott nailed it, with some pretty Allman-esque double guitar runs.
Scene in the Crowd: Aya, Dina, Nancy, Presque Pair, Jan, Gary, Mojo and Mr. P
Stop The Bus
Ain't No Time
Treat Me Right
Paint it Black
Cortez>NBTW I & II>Cortez
Jet Airliner w/ Benny Yurco
Last Edited By: Tedheadone 10/10/08 15:32:12. Edited 4 times.
What a night - so glad to have been there. Hmmm, I've said that before, like maybe everytime I've been to a Noc's concert?? Yup.
One of the best reasons not to have missed this night's concert was the wonderful tribute to the Amazing K.Cortez aka Electrofying Mojo Man. It was the type of tribute only recognized by those in the know, which made it even more special. The incredible medley of Killer Cortez into all phases of NBTW and back out again into Cortez was a sight to behold and feast your ears upon. The salute at the end of this magnificent musical melange by Grace was beamed straight out to Mojo. Of this I am sure.
And the boy with the zinnas - and Grace's interplay - these are the things that make a live show such a joy.
Cortez: 'Nuff said…Miracle merge that may re-emerge!
Excellent description - - another - just when you don't think they can top "xyz" - they do !!
It would be great if some more audiences get to experience that incredible combination.
And agree that, like Grace and the band, we all salute K.Cortez for the great work he does out of love for GPN's music.
[ http://www.thisissomewhere.com/ for anyone not already familiar ]
Always look forward to your recaps TH1.
(one of the Pair)
Another great recap from the unofficial GPN historian. If anyone would like to see some video of some of the described events check out my vimeo page or YouTube or if you want to stroke my ego, my blog.
Last Edited By: kired 10/12/08 17:42:40. Edited 1 times.
kired My take on Pearl St. (from Cursed Monkey Paw) #4[-]
October 9th started with a 5:30 am alarm, to assure my participation in putting away freight at the restaurant. As I made my way to work, I thought to myself "this is going to be a long day." Quite simply I was right, it was a long day, but it was also a great day.
After quickly completing my work, I headed home and finished packing and preparing for the 8.5 hour drive ahead of us. Upon Mom's arrival we headed south on our way to Northampton, MA. I won't bore you with all the details of the drive, but to say, the music and conversation was good and the traffic was bearable.
After settling into our hotel, we headed downtown to meet Jan and Gary of who are fellow members of the Potterville Posse street team. After driving around downtown for 20 minutes looking for parking, we finally found a good spot around the corner from the venue. We stopped into Zen (where I would try Sushi, for the first time, the next day), and said hello to K. Cortez and his lovely wife. We then had a lovely meal with J and D. I had a roast pork pannini that was quite tasty. While gnoshing we had a visit from Van, who is one of the more intersting characters in the GPN story. I won't tell you his story, as it is his to tell.
The Pearl Street Ball room is a decent facility. The staff was quite friendly, which was a nice change from other places. After getting our tickets and heading up stairs we said hello to Nicole, GPN's merch master. While talking we also checked out the new shirts and such. Alas, the one I really wanted only came in medium and large, still it was a sweet shirt.
Van, Jan and I had a good bit of conversation while waiting for the show to start. We talked about the economy, music (duh) and a bet I would like to make with Grace. They both informed me it was a bet I would lose. To which I said, "it would be worth it." No, I won't disclose the nature of the bet ( I didn't get to make it, she took off to see Dr. Dog after the show).
The opening act was The Farm. I don't really know what to say. They had some great moments, but overall I was bored. They did an interesting thing; they all took a turn playing the various instruments. I say interesting, because I am not sure it was entirely successful. The three members of this band are very talented, they just need some honing. They definitely needed some microphone coaching, I could barely understand anything they sang or said. Their music reminded us of early Floyd and sometimes Wilco.
After an unusually long intermission, the Grace Potter and the Nocturnals took to the stage with a palpable sense of energy. The music was, as always, amazing. I love the way they seem to feed off of each other and the crowd.
The setlist courtesy of Van:
Stop The Bus
Ain't No Time
Treat Me Right
Paint it Black
Jet Airliner w/ Benny Yurco
The Paint it Black was flippin amazing.
There was also a great moment involving a young man who snuck up to the front.
The "holy #+!+" moment of the evening was a special shout out to K. Cortez, who runs the amazing blog This Is Somewhere. I apologize for the audio and the fact that I ran out of memory and didn't get "Nothing But the Water" and the reprise for "Cortez the Killer".
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_XPYfQLO1ev8/SPJqQ41cp7I/AAAAAAAAAT4/ejkzfeTPzYw/s200/Northampton+Benny+and+Scott.jpgBenny Yurco (from Blues and Lasers) joined the band for the encore. It was great watching the interaction between him and Scott. They surely enjoy playing together.
After the show, we hung around talking to K. Cortez, Van and Sparky (Grace's dad). While they continued to chat, I wandered over to retrieve a package I had left with Nicole. I went back and presented K. with a special gift of a limited edition Blues and Lasers DVD that I worked on (thanks to Danado for starting the whole thing off with her video). He and his wife then went back stage and flushed out Scott so I could give him his copy. I also gave Benny, Steve's copy (Benny had already snagged K. Cortez's). While Scott was talking to the others, Aya (The Leaves) came out to say hi (she gives good hugs)
While we were all chatting, Bryan treated us to an impromptu Theramin performance. I also gave him his DVD. Van got us back stage so I could give Matt, his and Grace's DVD (she ran off remember). We chatted a while longer and then we all took off so the band could crash. It was a great night and a good time was had by all.
More pics at http://www.flickr.com/photos/therealkired/
" I need more pickle in the monitor." Scott Tournet
Thanks for moving your blog on over to these pages - sure was a night to remember.
Xak151X Double wow!! #6[-]
First there was Van...now Kired!!!Excellent writeup!! Love reading these....First got hooked on Van's style many years ago, now I read Kired's and he does a great job too. Different slant from two great writers! keep up the good work.
vtsnowbird26 NOHO Pix#7[-]
Hey - I am just (finally) getting around to figuring out photos on this site, it's pretty cool actually! So, I've just put up a small album from this show if anyone wants to take a look. Just click on my name in the author box and it'll take you to my profile, then click on the images button and you should be then able to click on the album/slide show.
Pretty cool - I'll see about getting some more show album pix in here later!
Here's some video as well - TREAT ME RIGHT - Pearl Street Ballroom - NoHO - 10-09-08
Who knows video shot from the balcony at the last Pearl St show. Ready to get nasty?
06-14-2010, 03:49 PM
Tedheadone MORE Northern California 11/14--11/16 2008 Lead[-]
The 3 AM turn in is able to be stretched to 10 AM wakeup. Thank God..
Heading out of the Inn, the day is , again, gorgeous. What's a boy to do
06-16-2010, 09:45 AM
Tedheadone EVEN MORE Northern California 11/14-11/16 Lead [-]
One Nation CHICO, Under a Groove
Leaving the Marina Inn at 9 Am I'm right on schedule. Chico is about 185 miles away and I have all day to get there. Most time's the best line between point A and point B is not straight..this is one of those days.
Striking out from SF, I head thru the Presidio section and on to The Golden Gate Bridge. Another gorgeous day
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