Live review: The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals @ Red Rocks AmphitheatreBy Ricardo Baca and Joe McCabe | July 11th, 2011 | 3 comments
The energy in the Red Rocks parking lot before the Avett Brothersâ€™ first-ever headlining gig at the amphitheater on Saturday was legit. Bandanas were sported and corn hole was raging. Beers and whiskey flowed, and a sense of community dominated everything. Parties collided and doubled in size, and everyone became fast friends over their â€śfavorite Avetts songs.â€ť
It was somewhere between a Dead tailgate and a Radiohead pre-party, what with all the young fans in the house. And that excitement carried over potently to the amphitheater, where the band played a straightforward but immaculate set to a sold-out house.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper introduced the band to the capacity crowd as â€śone of the best rock â€™nâ€™ roll bands on Earth,â€ť and they returned the favor, starting things off with â€śHead Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promise.â€ť They later tossed in a localized take on John Denverâ€™s â€śBack Home Againâ€ť â€“ a tribute to the first inductee to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
â€śTin Manâ€ť was fun, but the band stuck pretty close to the set list from the previous nightâ€™s show in Boulder â€“ though Scott Avett did play a rousing, stunning version of his â€śMurder in the Cityâ€ť at Red Rocks. For the second night in a row, they played â€śNever Been Alive,â€ť an unreleased song theyâ€™ve played for a couple years â€“ perhaps a hint that it will appear on their next Rick Rubin-produced full-length album?
Looking up at the capacity crowd at Red Rocks, it was clear that the Avetts havenâ€™t yet reached their peak. They sold out Red Rocks with more than a month to spare, and itâ€™ll be fascinating to watch them as they take on this next phase in their career. â€śAnd it Spread,â€ť indeed.
See our review and photos from the Avetts’ Boulder Theater show from the night before.
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