Thursday, December 11, 2008

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at the State Theater

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Monday, December 8th
The State Theater, State College, PA.

Margy and I have missed some good shows at the State but couldn't pass on this one. Bryan Dondero, who once worked at Friends School and was a favorite of all the kids including Robin, is the bass player for this up and coming band from Burlington, Vt.

For some reason I was expecting a bluegrass flavored sound but this is a kick-ass serious rock and roll band with a powerful lead vocalist and virtuoso lead guitar player playing mostly original tunes. Besides playing solid bass Bryan made like a wizard conjuring ethereal sounds from a theremin, an electronic instrument I'd never seen before. I also loved their cover of the Stones Paint It Black.
It was a really fun evening and great to see Bryan after the show.

All the best to you, Bryan.

Though I liked the loud stuff this old guy liked the soulful gospel-like ballads the best. Check it out....

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