Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, February 3rd, 2011, House of Blues, San Diego | JamBandsOnline.com

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, February 3rd, 2011, House of Blues, San Diego

Review by Ian Depew

Photos by Rob Tobin

The first thing I noticed walking into the venue this evening was the diversity of the crowd. At least that was the word my buddy used. I thought it was strange, expecting to see the regular dreaded up, patchouli wearing crowd and finding frat guys, hipsters and even New York Italians with shirts buttoned half way down there chests. I figure it must have been due to Grace’s appearance on VH1 Diva’s a few months prior. I digress early onto the topic at hand; The Nocturnals and their Potter.

This is a band comprised of 3 dudes that are straight Rock n’ Roll, one glitzy bass player chick that kills it on the bottom end of the sound spectrum, and Grace; the spitfire of Janis Joplin and the style and charisma of Steven Tyler mixed with a beautiful woman.

The band opened with the always fiery “Only Love” and moved onto a very spacey “Hot Summer Night.”

One of the highlights of the night was when the electrics were traded in for three acoustic guitars and we heard a beautifullycovered “Muzzle of Bees” by Wilco, which was segued into a spacey, slow building, psychedelic jam that threw this crowd for a loop. The band took their tune “2:22”, electrified it, and turned it into a tune worthy of being on Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy”.

They followed “2:22” with “Nothing but the Water,” which is always the main attraction at GPN show after which everyone put down their instruments, picked up a drum stick and had their own little drum circle on stage. This was cool.

In all, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is a band not to missed.

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