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Grace Potter

DSC_0899For those that attended last Sunday’s Grace Potter show, I hope you are now a believer and follower. The unfortunate souls that missed out will have to live with the fact that they missed a great f***ing show. One of her best shows to date, in my opinion. However, I am a biased audience, having seen her four other times prior to this showing at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

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Potter, a woman that lives by few rules, schooled the crowd on her one true rule: experience the show however it feels true to you. “If you buy a ticket to the show, you should be able to stand or sit wherever you choose”, stated Potter after her first few songs. Now, you didn’t have to tell the crowd twice; with that statement, the concert-goers rushed the stage.

Potter’s show centered around tunes from her latest solo album, Midnight. However, she made sure to include some old Nocturnal faves (“Low Road”, “Stars”, “Nothing But The Water”, “Medicine”, “The Lion, The Beast, The Beat”, and closing out with “Paris”). Potter’s stage presence is unlike anyone I’ve ever seen. She jumps, skips, twirls across the stage all while in heels, skintight pants and crisscross brassiere. This is a woman that honors and appreciates her fans even down to shaking every person’s hand in the front row.

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For anyone that hasn’t had the chance to witness Madame Potter, put it on your musical bucket list now! Her showmanship and passion for her work is like no other all awhile remaining humble. You’ll leave her shows satisfied, exhausted from the dance party, and in a happy delirious state that only she can create.

Check out my Instagram for videos from the show.

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A Night With Tedeschi Trucks Band

DSC_0227Last Wednesday was a musically epic night with Tedeschi Trucks Band (TTB). The evening kicked off with a band from New York by the name, Spirit Family Reunion. Before traveling around the US with TTB, they were singing on the streets of NYC making an effort to avoid the mechanical setup of stages. They make a point to stay true their authentic sound, and last night was no exception. The band’s sound was a raw and organic bluegrass that keeps your toes tappin’ and head bobbin’.

DSC_0212TTB is the type of band that isn’t into the flashy entrances, they calmly and quietly just entered the stage without an announcement to the audience. They made a point to highlight every band member’s talent from drum battles to horn solos and even having the back up singers solo a song to showcase their amazing voices. I was delighted to hear “Do I Look Worried” as the second tune on the set list. Susan sounds even better live than on their albums, which is always a clear indicator of talent. She needs no synthesizer or auto tune to get her pipes in the  correct note.

Derek brought his blazing guitar playing to every song, and there is no arguing over his talent. You can see the respect he and Susan have for each other and know how to let the other shine. At one point, Susan took a seat on stage while Derek finished his guitar solo. The entire night felt like you were hanging at the Tedeschi Trucks house and witnessing a casual jam session. The only disappointment, personally, was not having “Midnight in Harlem”, “Made Up Mind” and “Whiskey Legs” in the set list, but given their vast catalog of music, it’s understandable. However, if you are on the fence about seeing TTB live and have the opportunity to, definitely go; they’ll make up your mind.

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In The Mix

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There are so many exciting things happening over in the Disco Teepee! First, I’m counting down the hours until tonight’s Needtobreathe show at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. This is the second leg of their Rivers in the Wasteland tour, and for those that caught the first round; it is face melting, ladywood-making fun.

Secondly, I get to join my friends, 2 Girls and a Guy, Friday morning at 8:00 am to talk about the Needtobreathe concert for those that couldn’t attend the show. Brooke, Tanya and Mike are in for a treat, and I cannot wait to start off the weekend with this rag-tag band of rebel rousers. Make sure to tune in to Charleston’s Mix 96 (95.9 fm) for some laughs and start your weekend off right.

Cheers!
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