Monday, February 7, 2011

GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS / BELLE BRIGADE @ EL REY

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

photos by Bored4Music

The time warp that is Grace Potter and the Nocturnals blends the glam-rock of Heart, the attitude of Joplin and the swagger and soul of Tina Turner. Before last week, I really wasn't familiar with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the Vermont-based band that sold out Friday night's show at The El Rey. Always game to hear something new, I tagged along with my buddy at Bored4Music. He's always right on the money with music and this night was no exception. This was no arena show but it sure felt like it. Currently promoting their self-titled album which peaked at #19 on the Billboard Charts, Grace sure knows how to put on a great show. Here's an excerpt of his review which you can read in its entirety right HERE.
"What can I say? Grace Potter and the Nocturnals delivered. It was ultimate performance that I wasn't expecting. Again, I was a new fan of her music and all i really knew was their current hit ... Paris (Oh La La) ... which is blowing up the music video world. I knew she was great vocally, and that is really an understatement. This chick can wail. There were times during the concert, I thought to myself "Fuck". I have never been mind fucked in such a way at a concert before."
Opening up the night was the local flavor of Belle Brigade, a surprise treat in what would become an amazing evening. No flash, no bells and whistles. Just simple folky, blue-collar sounds which felt like a summer evening, ice-tea in hand while sitting on my patio-swing chair. Belle Brigade brought the warmth back to Los Angeles - something familiar - which was something this city needed during this unusually cold SoCal weather. Their songs felt like bumping into an old friend and picking up where you last left off as if nothing has changed. This brother/sister combo of Ethan and Barbara Gruska from Los Angeles doesn't feel the need to rush their songs. Slow and steady. Camp-fire guitars with soaring vocals. Simplicity at its best. Never wearing out their welcome, I can listen to them under the stars all night.

They just completed their first residency at The Satellite (formerly Spaceland). Currently, they're on their U.S. tour through April and ttheir single, "Losers" is available for download on iTunes and Amazon.


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