As one of the last days of summer winded down on the Southwest Porch in New York’s Bryant Park, Vermont rockers Grace Potter & The Nocturnals sent the season out in style with a night of funk, rock, and soul. Along with stand-outs from their self-titled 2010 album such as “Paris (Ooh La La),” “Medicine,” and of course, “Hot Summer Night,” the band treated fans to a cover of the Jefferson Airplane classic “White Rabbit,” in which Potter expertly channeled another Grace.
Born in Waitsfield, VT, Grace Potter was studying theatre at St. Lawrence University when drummer Matt Burr heard her singing at an open-mike night in 2002 and asked if she would form a band with him. After initially declining, Potter eventually reconsidered and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals was born, named for the band’s late-night rehearsal habits. After two self-released records, the band signed with Hollywood Records in 2005 and released their major-label debut, This Is Somewhere, in 2007. But it is with their latest, self-titled album that the band is really breaking through: they were named one of Rolling Stone’s “Best New Bands of 2010.”
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