Grace Potter, with her band the Nocturnals, is a force to be seen. After being blown away by the young musician 7 years ago just as she just debuted on the national scene, it will be exciting to see her here in the Rogue Valley on Monday, June 24 2013 at the Britt Festival in Jacksonville.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is a rock band to the core, with a solid blues influence. Grace is a seductive powerhouse, with mighty pipes and so much energy, I don’t think she ever stands still on stage.
With four albums already under their belts, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals latest album, “The Lion The Beast The Beat,” shows an evolved band. Still rockin’, but their music has matured a bit, and features hard-hitting rock ballads, such as the albums title track, and the more emotional side of Grace Potter. But make no mistake, live, the energy is just as pumped up as always.
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Opening for GPN is Lucas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. Also an all-American rock band, the young Lucas Neslon and his band, the Promise of the Real (Anthony LoGerfo, Tato Melgar and Corey McCormick) are hitting festivals all across the Western US this year, bring tons of energy to the stage. Music that shows influence from the greats, like Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix, is played with so much energy that the band is literally jumping up and down (a lot!).
The son of none other than Willie Nelson, Lucas of course had music all around him his whole life. Keeping a promise to his dad, he learned to play the guitar at 11. He doesn’t rely on his heritage for his popularity, though. Lucas Nelson and P.O.T.R tour relentlessly, building a fan base, one crowd at a time, playing music that is all their own. Still, after seeing him last fall at the Jackson WellSprings, I cant help thinking he sounds a little like his dad-tell me what you think: watch "Four Letter Word."
The show starts at 7 pm, with a performance by 2010 Southern Oregon’s Go Talent winner Lexie Deats on the Table Rock Stage. Get tickets for the show here.
Photos: David Oppenheimer, Rob Minkin