Grace Potter & The Nocturnals took the stage in the ballroom at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday evening, August 31, 2013. Once they hit the stage and Potter took to the microphone the endless excitement began. From the first note it was obvious that they were in control of the fans.
Grace Potter and The Nocturnals remind their followers why they love music in the first place. Simply put, the Golden Nugget stage was Grace Potter and The Nocturnals’ sandbox and they played in it for the next two hours and twenty minutes non-stop, a rarity in a casino environment where concerts are generally ninety minutes.
Potter and the band are a hard-touring, prolific act with no shortage of songs in their portfolio for use in their live shows. The legions of the bands fans obey Potter unequivocally, when she starts to dance across the stage with her arms waving high and the band on their electric guitars, was all the proof needed to know why Potter and The Nocturnals are adored. The eclectic music in the sixteen song set was another reason that the audience was on their feet from start to finish.
The audience for this concert was diverse. There were teenagers who left their seats to stand in the aisles and dance the entire time to the music of Potter and the band. Then there were the middle aged women also in the aisles and to the side of the stage trying to emulate Potters dance moves, some successfully and some who need to watch more Grace Potter videos. Adding to the mix were the seniors, both men and women who like the other groups, danced to the music but stood in front of their seats, rather than move to the floor.
Potter and the band never lost a beat jumping from song to song without hesitation and when Potter said, “Put your hands above your head,” perhaps one or two people in the full house did not raise their arms. When Potter danced around the stage, fans stood and whistled and cheered with the loudest screams coming when Potter picked up her electric guitar and played a solo proving to all that not only can she sing and dance she is also a true musician with outrageous talent.
At the end of the original set the band and Potter left the stage and they were the only people to leave the room. The audience did not move and began yelling, “More, More,” trying to call the band back on stage. Accommodating the clamor, Potter and the band provided a three song encore of “Stars,” “Devil Train” and then “Atlantic City.” When finished, Potter and the band met in front of the stage, locked arms and bowed to the audience before leaving the stage. A very nice gesture.
Once again, the audience did not move and began wanting more almost before the band was off stage. In response to the screams, applause and yells the band again emerged from behind the stage for a second encore. From the first note of “Nothing But The Water,” the audience began cheering as the band played. Ending the second encore with “Paris,” the band once again bowed to the audience and thanked them for coming. As the band left the stage the ballroom lights came on signaling..... “The show has ended.”
This band is unique in the fact that they really seem to like one another and it shown in music that is visible and genuine to their audiences. They energetic and honest in their love for their music. Grace Potter is more like an energizer bunny than a stand in front of a microphone lead singer and the band is more like an orchestra and when it all comes together you have a great band playing great music . . . Grace Potter and The Nocturnals'