It didnâ€™t take long for the smell of marijuana fill Webster Hall on June 12, in fact the entire night could have been a show from 1969. Grace Potterâ€™s vocals and flower girl stage persona are eerily similar to that of Grace Slick. Potterâ€™s cover of Jefferson Airplaneâ€™s â€œWhite Rabbitâ€ might as well have hopped in a DeLorean, traveled at 88 miles per hour and seen Jefferson Airplane live in 1967.
Potter isnâ€™t the only one successfully channeling the late 60â€™s and early 70â€™s. Each member of The Nocturnals has their own rockinâ€™ look. Both Scott Tournet (guitar, harmonica), Matthew Burr (drums) have hair longer than mine and Burrâ€™s mustache only rivals Sellleckâ€™s. Catherine Popper (bassist) wore a slinky backless dress that perfectly matched Potterâ€™s and a red rose in her hair.
Grace spent the evening bouncing around the stage with a huge smile, rocking out on a flying V guitar or standing behind her keys and messing up her hair. She introduced â€œGoodbye Kissâ€, a song off their newest self titled album that was released June 8, 2010, as the â€œhappiest sad break up song everâ€ . She then said that it was like The Kinkâ€™s â€œLolaâ€ but without the transvestites. Potter was right, it is a song that deserves to be listened to on a beach while sipping a margarita. If â€œGoodbye Kissâ€ is an indication of the other songs on Grace Potter & the Nocturnals than it seems that this 60â€™s psychedelic rock group might be heading down south for a more country sound.
Throughout the show, the only thing that could distract from the blonde bombshell on stage was the bushy bearded man on the upper balcony dancing in a fashion that I can only describe as hippie thrashing. The stage got dark with a beautiful backdrop of tiny lights fittingly for another new track â€œTiny Lightsâ€. As the transitional instrumental interlude ended, the crowd cheered as they recognized one of the more popular songs â€œBig White Gateâ€. This song inspired an audience member to whip out his iPhone and rev up his â€œlighter appâ€ and wave the phone toward the stage. Itâ€™s clearly a very technologically advanced crowd. Potter and Popper (try saying that 3 times fast) both appreciated the crowds dancing abilities calling it â€œcool as shit to watchâ€ and dedicated the next song â€œto all the dancers in the roomâ€. However a cover of Blondieâ€™s â€œHeart of Glassâ€ probably wasnâ€™t the best choice.
The encore was probably the best part of the show for the older members of the audience with Potterâ€™s outstanding cover of Jefferson Airplaneâ€™s â€œWhite Rabbitâ€. Hearing â€œfeed your headâ€ in person was a million times better than on the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack. The night was full of psychedelic sound and color, legs that went on for miles and a bit of accidental crowd flashing from Miss Potter herself during enthusiastic dancing. If anyone has any doubts that Grace Potter and her band The Nocturnals are around for good, then I suggest they see them live.
One Short Night
Big White Gate
Heart of Glass (Blondie cover)
White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane cover)
Nothing but the Water
(Photo credit: Bridget Maher and Kevin Seaman of Rockpit.com