Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Grace Potter and her Nocturnal band gave Nashville night owls a reason to stay out late Sunday and Monday nights. Their sold-out, debut headlining performance took a cool autumn evening and transformed it into a hot Tennessee night.
Before GPN took the stage, the string band Carolina Chocolate Drops brought the audience a knee-slapping performance. Their beatboxing and kazoo skills paired with their folksy vocals brought the audience to their feet for a standing ovation as they exited the stage.
As soon as Potter slung her hair and shook her hips for the first time, the audience was completely enthralled. Potter’s high heels complimented a little dress that exposed her never-ending, flawless legs. She strapped on her electric guitar and exuded such a sultry energy that both males and females were smitten. While Potter is the unquestioned leading lady, her bandmates also have an undeniable chemistry that makes it difficult to hone in on just one person.
The stage was dimly lit with strands of light bulbs draped from the ceiling and an oversized stuffed white tiger making you wonder if Siegfried and Roy were going to pop out at some point.
Potter danced like no one was watching – she slayed the guitar and pounded the keys; all while singing from the core of her being, throwing in sultry, shrill screams every now and then to make sure she kept the audience begging for more.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any hotter, GPN came back out onstage for their encore, Potter kicked off her heels and got down to ZZ Top’s “Tush.” She then launched into crowd favorite “Paris.”
Before singing “You and Tequila,” Sunday night, Potter teased the audience saying, “I’m so sorry Kenny Chesney isn’t coming out to sing with me tonight. Sometimes I like to joke and say he is not coming when he really is, but tonight is not that night.”
Monday night, however, was that night. Potter started strumming Chesney’s “You and Tequila” and immediately told the crowd to calm down, assuring them that Chesney was in Spain. After the intro went on a little too long, however, Potter finally conceded to bringing out some help, and Chesney emerged from backstage. Needless to say, the crowd was more than satisfied by the end of the night.