SALT LAKE CITY – Attention Salt Lake City: Grace Potter is ready to take your requests.
In February, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals blew the roof off The Depot with a performance that was an easy early nominee for best show of the year at the venue. During the show, Potter told the crowd that next time she and her band were in town, she would take song requests via her social media pages, namely Twitter.
And yes, Grace is the person who actually reads those tweets and not a PR rep.
“I’m a tweet person,” said Potter who noted she wasn’t a big computer person but was proud to be the handler of her/the band’s Twitter page. “I’m the one that puts it all together. It’s fun for me.”
It will be hard for Potter to top February’s set list, which included all the hits off the band’s latest album – “Paris (Ohh La la),” “Tiny Light,” “Medicine,” – a couple of deeper cuts off the new album, by request (“One Short Night”) and older songs (“Ah Mary” “Apologies”) which most fans would love to hear every show.
Potter, however, isn’t out to simply play a repeat of February’s show. She’s up for making it equally as good, or better, in its own way.
“We never put on the same show twice,” she told the Deseret News recently. “But I don’t want to go to a Tom Petty concert and not hear ‘Free Fallin’.’ I owe it to the crowd (to play the hits). We mix it up. Maybe tease a song someone wants to hear in the middle of another song.”
The last time Potter took requests for a show, she said she got something like 4,600 tweets. Obviously, she said, she couldn’t play them all. But she and the Nocturnals are out to do their best.
The amount of requests is also another indication of the band’s ever-growing popularity. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have been touring heavily all year, and there seems to be no let up in their schedule. Potter recently did two solo performances at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado (“One of my top 3 venues in the world to play,” she said.) opening for Kenny Chesney (whom she currently has a duet hit with in “You and Tequila”) and The Avett Brothers. Both shows were sold out.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals also recently rocked the main stage at Bonnaroo, they’ll be appearing at Lollapalooza in August, hosting their own two-day festival in their home state of Vermont next month and then headline a show in New York’s Central Park.
But Potter, who is always very pleasant and engaging during her interviews, isn’t complaining about the heavy workload. In fact, she’s relishing it. She recognizes she is part of the “it” band right now and knows the success she and her band have achieved is something many others dream about.
“The world has taken notice and we’re finding a lot of exposure in a lot of difference areas. We’re not going to disrespect that. This is our time. Some people only get one chance. We’re young and we’re excited.”
This time around, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are playing outdoors at the newly remodeled Gallivan Center. Show time is 7 p.m.