Grace Potter and The Nocturnals @ Fox, Oakland 11/3/12
There was a fantastic live music performance Saturday night at The Fox Theater in Oakland with fancy strobe lighting and a band who danced as they played their music. The attending audience, who were at least 2/3 female, witnessed and participated in a thoroughly engaging musical performance by Grace Potter and The Nocturnals. Grace Potter is the epitome of rock ‘n roll. She opens her heart on stage drenching the audience in an energy charged with life and possibility. Potter and her Nocturnals deliver consistent danceable rock and blues songs accentuated by Potter’s country infused vocals and she empowers her audience.
Grace Potter is stunning. It’s impossible not to become completely engrossed in the way her hair bounces when she dances around on stage, or the way her smile shines, or the voice that flows from her mouth. If you can recall the voice of Heart‘s lead singer Ann Wilson, you’ve got a pretty good idea of what Grace Potter sounds like and how powerful her voice is.
Most of the two hour set utilized the whole band. Every few songs Potter would play a solo piano ballad, standing at her electric keyboard and singing to the crowd. The Nocturnals are solid musicians and they perform well together, clearly enjoying what they do. The band played many songs from their latest album, The Lion The Beast The Beat (Hollywood Records, 2012), and a couple of the old crowd favorites from the band’s 2010 release, including, “Paris” and “Medicine.” Grace Potter and the Nocturnals also covered Jefferson Airplane‘s “White Rabbit” and Dolly Parton‘s “Jolene.”
Check out all the photos from the night HERE.