"How many of you out there still have turntables at home?! This one's for you!" -Grace Potter to the crowd at the Fillmore in Miami Beach (Saturday, February 16th, 2013)
"I fell in love with a beautiful sound / Turn it up and watch it spin around / A little bit of lo-fi that's alright / I want you to play me like a record tonight" -Grace Potter "Turntable"
Koko Taylor in 2013? Grace Potter.
A classy but edgy chick, often compared to Janis Joplin, shredding it on electric guitar, prancing around the stage with a tambourine in hand, and jammin' on the piano is hard to come across these days. Grace is a multi-instrumentalist with one of those few voices heard better live, too. By the end of her show, she'll have you dying to go hit the dancefloor with her. At one point, Grace chucked her electric guitar at a stage assistant, demanded everyone's attention in her shimmery gold, trendy romper, and straight-up danced center stage while her guitarist Scott Touret and drummer Matt Burr threw her a rhythm. Her enthusiasm is infectious. Grace sang the sassy, upbeat "Runaway" off of her latest album, and then later mellowed out on piano with "Stars".
"Miami is a very attractive city. Your sidwalks are on beaches, that's pretty cool...how do you handle all of the hotness everywhere?" Last night was Grace's first time performing in Miami. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, depending on which album you're listening to, is classified under "rock and roll", "folk rock", "blues", and "country rock." The overlapping of genres has made Grace and her band a little bit of a mystery. They have been official since 2004, but seem to fly under the radar of music enthusiasts because of their country stigma. Their latest album, though, "The Lion The Beast The Beat" has such a rough, fun sound to it that has attracted music lovers of all genres. The Fillmore in Miami Beach was 90% sold. That is an uncommon feat.
"Superstitious", a song recorded by Stevie Wonder in 1972 (heard more recently on the Levi's television commercial and many others) has to have one of the catchiest beats of all time. Seriously, play it right now and tell me you don't at least nod your head. Last week, even, I had that jam blaring in my car, thinking everyone listening through my open windows at the stop light on US1 was definitely wondering why it wasn't 2chainz or Rihanna. Then, last night, I heard Grace's guitarist start playing some chords very similar to "Superstitious". I was excited for a second, but then I thought the odds were too slim she would cover that song. Less than a minute later, Grace is yelling out "very superstitious / writings on the wall", and the band goes full-out into Stevie Wonder. Needless to say, it was an awesome rendition. Grace is the epitome of a rockstar.