SALT LAKE CITY — Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are firing on all cylinders right now.
For the second time in three months, GPN came into Salt Lake on Saturday night with a ton of energy, enthusiasm, tight playing like only a band that has been touring non-stop can do, Potter’s soaring vocals, and put on an outstanding show at The Depot. And she did it by putting on a completely different show than her concert in July at Red Butte Gardens (one of the best Red Butte shows of the year).
GPN is one of those bands that mixes up the set list every night. Potter, an avid Twitter user, has been making up her set lists based on fan tweets. For Salt Lake and its growing GPN fan base, she said she received more than 430 requests.
The energy level in the nearly sold out club was high as Potter and the dueling guitars of Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco, cranked out fan favorites, “Paris (Oh La La),” “Never Go Back” and the title track of their new album, “The Lion, The Beast, The Beat.”
Although Potter’s star is rapidly growing, the Vermont-based singer/songwriter/pianist/rhythm guitarist is still a relative newcomer in Salt Lake. But local fans have quickly learned the GPN catalog and had Potter and crew dive into some of their older material on Saturday.
GPN dipped into 2005’s Nothing But the Water with the bluesy-rock, “Treat Me Right,” and “Nothing But the Water I and II” with Potter starting off the song with nothing but her own tambourine accompaniment and her voice, which was like an entire gospel choir by itself. From 2007’s This is Somewhere album, Potter pulled out, “Falling or Flying” and “Here’s to the Meantime.”
GPN also played a heavy selection of songs off the new album, starting the show with “The Divide,” and playing, “Parachute Heart,” “Stars,” and a driving, “Turntable,” one of the highlights of the evening.
The jam band kids were happy with an extended “Sugar.” And Potter had the high heels off and was dancing barefoot around the stage for Jefferson Airplane’s, “White Rabbit,” which wasn’t even her best cover song of the night. Potter’s amazing vocals killed on The Rolling Stones’ “Gimmie Shelter,” which closed out the evening.
Two times Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have been to Salt Lake City this year, and there are still songs they haven’t played that fans are dying to here. Here’s hoping that Potter will be back one – or two – more times in 2013.