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Story and photos by Gypsy DaveyOn the very night that the Packers were kickin' some ass in Atlanta, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals were in Milwaukee dishin' out a lickin' of their own. Under the circumstances of coinciding their show with the start time of the playoff game, GPN still managed to pull in a respectable number at the gate.
The Nocturnals breezed in a little after nine, fronted by the sensuous squall Grace Potter. They hit the stage like a whirlwind and whipped up "Medicine," from their latest self-titled release. Grace's throaty rasp and groovin' gams rival that of Tina Turner as she belt out the lyric "I've got the medicine that everybody wants."
"You're damn right you do!"
Her multi-formed mix of style is difficult to characterize. She's one part Soul, two parts Feeling, three cups full of Bottled Lightning. She's four parts Rock 'n' Roll, five parts Believing. When she mixed it all together - oh how eager we were to put both feet in!
GPN predominately covered material from their last two releases; dipping only three times into the critically acclaimed Nothing But The Water. The stylistic differences that separate her previous releases were bridged nicely by interweaving a beautifully rendered set list. Grace and the Gang kept the tempo lively and engaging by successfully lacing together tender traps with more raucous rock 'n' roll numbers. Grace has the gift of amazing pipes, whether the vocals are delivered affectionately behind the keys on "Apologies," or screamed from behind the Flying V during "Tiny Light," her range is breathtaking. Bolstered by the Nocturnals tightly rehearsed jams, confidence spilled out all over the place. They've fallen comfortably into their own with their latest release and it shows. Tour dates are selling out all over the country; the buzz is felt. They're infectious!
It's a blessing they came to town during the renovation of the downstairs bar; I can't imagine how bearable the stomping would've been during the encore of "Nothing But The Water." Like a southern Baptist church house, the floor thumped and thudded, and that was just during Part 1. Part 2 displayed the revival with Benny Yurco giving his best Jimmy Page impersonation on the 12 string double neck Gibson SG, while Scott Tournet shredded Keith Richards' style on his blonde-wood Fender Tele. And to think Paris (Oh La La) is still to come. And then, there it was, a killer closer to a killer show! Outfit these guys with some pyrotechnics, a light show, a horn section and backup singers and watch 'em start filling the arenas. It was one of the most climactic encores of recent memory. I may have been the one to physically show up and stand present in that ballroom, but it was my ears that came.
|Turner Hall Setlist:|
One Short Night (dedicated to Clay Matthews)
Lose Some Time
Ain't No Time
Big White Gate (dedicated to Milwaukee)
Stop The Bus
Hot Summer Night
Nothing But The Water (Pt. 1)
Nothing But The Water (Pt. 2)
Paris (Ooh La La)
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