Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at The Depot, 2/9/11 – concert review

If there were any remaining doubts about whether Grace Potter should be considered one of the rock world’s reigning elite female vocalists, that should have all be put to rest Wednesday night at The Depot.
Potter and her band, The Nocturnals, delivered a high energy two-hour set before a near sellout Depot crowd, combining rock, soul, blues, and groove, all anchored by Potter’s powerful vocal chords.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals opened with “Hot Summer Night” and for the next two hours mixed straight forward rockers, soulful ballads, jam band freestyling and even touched on cover songs ranging from Wilco to Jefferson Airplane.
Potter and her soaring voice showed her soulful side with songs like “Tiny Light” (which morphed into an extended jam session with guitarists Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco, drummer Matt Burr and bassist Catherine Popper), “Fooling Myself” and “Apologies.”
The band played a good dose of material from their latest self-titled release, including “One Short Night” (an excellent request from the audience) and “That Phone,” which Potter lead into by telling the audience she had been shopping at Gateway earlier in the day and purchased her first iPhone. “You know what I love about Utah? You have the best malls,” she said.
But both Potter and the Nocturnals were at their best on rockers like “Ah Mary,” “Paris (Oh la la),” the groovin’ “Medicine” and “Sugar.”
Potter switched back and forth throughout the evening between acoustic guitar, her Flying V guitar and Hammond B-3.
She promised to play every request (except “Freebird”) the next time she and the Nocturnals returned to Salt Lake. Fans should take advantage of seeing Potter play in a venue like The Depot, because it won’t be long before it will be too small of a room for her to play.

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