LIVE: Grace Potter @ the Palace Theatre, 10/29/15

November 3rd, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review by Don Wilcock
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Grace Potter, the prodigal daughter, returned home last Thursday (October 29) to play the Palace Theater in Albany. Originally from Waitsfield, Vermont, she left home more than a decade ago and signed with Hollywood Records releasing five albums in 10 years. Midnight, her most recent release, is her first solo CD without her band, the Nocturnals. In her Albany concert, she gave a shout out to Albany and Troy, acknowledging early gigs here. The elephant in the room, however, was the question of whether she’d be embraced by a fan base she’s left in the lurch, at least on her new solo album.

Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Sam Cooke, the Moody Blues, and Miley Cyrus have all made drastic right or left turns in their sound that alienated their core constituency. Dylan pissed off the traditional folkies when he plugged in, Sam Cooke when he went secular, the Moody Blues when they went from blues to orchestral, and Miley Cyrus when she grew out as opposed to
up and dissed her Disney image. Grace Potter, like Miley Cyrus, has a Disney connection. Her label, Hollywood Records, releases all Disney-related product, and she sang solo on the soundtrack to Disney’s 50th animated feature, “Tangled.”

Potter’s appeal until Midnight has been her ability to bring a Joan Jett-level of rock energy to a band as thick with heavy rock texture as a bowl of New England clam chowder. Drop dead beautiful with her long blonde hair, she played up her sensuality like Madonna without resorting to a bag of tricks, and the band supplied a solid underpinning to offer a hard rock authenticity equaling that of the now long-in-the-tooth band Heart.

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Parade o’ Shoes: Grace Potter

October 27th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Sara
Grace Potter @ Mountain Jam, 6/5/15 (photo: Stanley Johnson)

Grace Potter @ Mountain Jam, 6/5/15

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

In support of her debut solo album, Midnight, Vermont rocker Grace Potter steps into the spotlight at the Palace Theatre in Albany on Thursday (October 29). Rayland Baxter opens the show at 8pm. Tickets are $35 & $45 in advance; $38 & $48 at the door.

Two New Concerts @ Ommegang Brewery

April 23rd, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

Grace Potter (photo by Martin Benjamin)

Grace Potter (photo by Martin Benjamin)

Out in Cooperstown, Brewery Ommegang – the home of great Belgian beer – has also been the home of some great outdoor music concerts since last summer. And they’re definitely carrying the tradition forward this summer, too. There had only been one concert announced so far for the 2013 season, but now there are two more big shows on the books… with more to come.

Thursday, July 25, 7pm
Gates open at 5pm
All ages
Tickets: $35 in advance; $40 at the gate
Camping: $10 in advance; $20 at the gate
On sale 10am on Friday (April 26)

with the London Souls
Friday, July 26, 7pm
Gates open at 5pm
All ages
Tickets: $45 in advance; $50 at the gate
Camping: $10 in advance; $20 at the gate
On sale 10am on Friday (April 26)

Previously announced for Brewery Ommegang:
Sunday, May 26: Old Crow Medicine Show

LIVE: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals @ Alive at 5

June 26th, 2009, 10:57 am by Sara
(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

What controversy?
On Thursday at Albany’s Riverfront Park, rocker Grace Potter throws her hands in the air and waves ’em like she just don’t care.

Read David Malachowski’s review of her Alive at Five performance with the Ashley Pond Band in the Times Union.

Update: More photos on Flickr

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