photos and review by Kyle Johnson
The Avett Brothers took the Neumos stage Saturday night, playing their second consecutive sold out show. Saturday’s all ages crowd was fairly diverse and even included young children brought by their parents to dance and enjoy the music. Although I am very familiar with the Avett Brothers’ records, I had yet to experienced their live show. None of the records could of prepared me for the night of what I can best describe as full on rock.
Although the North Carolina band’s music is rooted in the diverse sounds of bluegrass, Country, and folk, their live show is delivered in an energetic all out rock spectacle. Seth and Scott delivered their signature three part harmonies accompanied by Bob Crawford’s amazing work on the standup bass. The addition of Joe Kwon’s cello work on many of the songs offered another element for the ears to take in.
The boys opened up the show with the crowd favorite, “Shame.” The set consisted of songs from all over their wide array of albums. Highlights included “Four Thieves Gone,” “Swept Away,” and a rocking version of “Traveling Song.” My personal favorite was the powerful, heartfelt version of “The Ballad of Love and Hate” performed solo by Seth.
The band invited back opener Jessica Lea Mayfield for a sing-a-long encore to complete the night. The Avett Brothers seemed to really be enjoying their time on stage and much deserved success in Seattle as well as everywhere else this tour has taken them.
The Avett Brothers are continuing to wind their way through the U.S. on this summer-long tour. Head on over to the band’s website and find out when they’ll be in your town. In the meantime, view more photos from their Neumos show and from their KEXP in-studio session the day before.