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Grace Potter Dazzles Webster Hall

June 14th, 2010

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – Webster Hall – June 12, 2010

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Webster Hall - June 12, 2010

Four days after the release of her self-titled album, Grace Potter (and her band, the Nocturnals) took to the candle-and-rose-adorned stage at Webster Hall with outrageous energy and a beautiful country- and blues-rock sound. From the first song to the end of the second encore, Potter sported a smile on her face that proved to be nothing short of contagious among the crowd.

While many remark about two of Potter’s most noticeable assets (her legs), what made Saturday’s show outstanding were two far more important factors: One was the lead-singer presence, which few master, at its most noticeable when she stomped around the stage with a Mick Jagger-like swagger. The other was her stunning musical talent, encompassing everything from an electric voice, wailing on a Gibson Flying V guitar and hammering away on a Hammond B3 organ.

Not only did the band put on a riveting and riotous hour-plus-long set (including a wonderful slowed-down cover of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”), they had the crowd howling along to their rendition of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit.” After a few more songs they finished what most thought was the entire show with a beautiful soft-loud-soft version of “Nothing but the Water,” but to everyone’s surprise Potter and the Nocturnals came out once more for the elusive second encore. For their true finale, they treated the crowd to “Stop the Bus,” during which they all got lower and lower—both in volume and in relation to the stage—until rising up for one last explosive ending. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com