April 18, 2016


Nice honest interview.


delirious debut

June 10, 2015


mountain jam set

June 8, 2015


Live Show Via NYC Taper

Tracks [Total Time 1:27:06]
01 Never Go Back
02 Ah Mary
03 Hot Summer Night
04 Runaway
05 Alive Tonight
06 Empty Heart [new song debut]
07 Yes We Can [Pointer Sisters]
08 Low Road
09 God’s Gonna Cut You Down [Johnny Cash]
10 Delirious [?]
11 Turntable
12 Medicine
13 Cinnamon Girl [Neil Young]*
14 Nothing But the Water (I)
15 The Lion, the Beast, the Beat
16 Paris (Ohh La La)

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals rescued a soggy second day of Mountain Jam with a set of big-tent, unselfconscious seventies rock. Straight off the plane from a gig with The Rolling Stones, Potter hit the stage determined to lift the spirits of this crowd. We needed it — we’d had rain dumped on us for several hours. Comfortable with her sexuality and determined to ride the line between empowerment and objectification, Potter shook her ass, shod her boots, and eventually part of her top to get this crowd awake. But really, she could’ve succeeded anyway. Potter has the kind of huge, unapologetically rock voice that isn’t likely to be a hit with ironists but can command a stadium full of people. Her latest record, The Lion, the Beast, the Beat has continued to make waves live, as we saw at the Capitol Theatre back in 2013. Its title track was the show’s second-to-last closer, and it was a highlight, as was her cover of Neil Young’s

Edited to add – the above quote is from NYC Taper – clearly this is “Grace Potter” not “Grace Potter and the Nocturnals”

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In a career full of highlights, this has to be one of the biggest. Even though you know what you’re going to see – I gasped when it happened.



6/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ TCF Bank Stadium *
6/05 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
6/06 – Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium *
6/26 – Oklahoma City, OK @ OKC Fest
7/05 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater ^
7/17 – Des Moines, IA @ Brenton Skating Plaza
7/18 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Sioux Falls Jazz Fest
7/19 – Moorhead, MN @ Bluestem Center For The Arts
7/20 – Green Bay, WI @ Meyer Theatre
7/23 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater
7/24 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
7/25 – Floyd, VA – Floydfest
7/26 – Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival
7/28 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
7/30 – Toronto, CA @ Danforth Music Hall
7/31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
8/01 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point &
8/02 – Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC
8/04 – Park City, UT @ Deer Valley Amphitheater
8/08 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
8/09 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
8/12 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
8/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
8/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
8/15 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
9/12 – Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North Festival
9/13 – Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North Festival
9/19 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre #
9/20 – Del Mar, CA @ Kaaboo Festival
10/01 – Charleston, WV @ Clay Center For The Arts
10/03 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall %
10/10 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater &

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Bass – Hagar Ben-Ari who played at least one show with GPN in the past and toured with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings among others

Keyboards – Eliza Hardy Jones most recently out on tour with one of our favorites, Strand of Oaks

A few more folks were present at an IBM show recently but no confirmation if they will be continuing.


When my children were little, this is the song that got them moving.

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the worst possible thing

April 29, 2015

Joni’s apparent ill health and this cover lead me to this highly recommended article.

Money quote

This instinct in audiences can sometimes extend to whole artistic careers. I’d like to believe that I wouldn’t have been one of those infamous British people who tried to boo Dylan offstage when he went electric, but on the evidence of past form I very much fear I would have. We want our artists to remain as they were when we first loved them. But our artists want to move. Sometimes the battle becomes so violent that a perversion in the artist can occur: these days, Joni Mitchell thinks of herself more as a painter than a singer. She is so allergic to the expectations of her audience that she would rather be a perfectly nice painter than a singer touched by the sublime. That kind of anxiety about audience is often read as contempt, but Mitchell’s restlessness is only the natural side effect of her artmaking, as it is with Dylan, as it was with Joyce and Picasso. Joni Mitchell doesn’t want to live in my dream, stuck as it is in an eternal 1971—her life has its own time. There is simply not enough time in her life for her to be the Joni of my memory forever. The worst possible thing for an artist is to exist as a feature of somebody else’s epiphany.


get down alive tonight

April 11, 2015