An Evening with The Avett Brothers January 2, 2014
If you haven't heard these guys; you must be out of the loop. They were nominated for a Grammy this past year. they hail from Concord, NC, and as they say around here, that's up the road a piece.
The concert was on new years eve, and Brian had been anticipating it for quite some time. I on the other hand was not. When Brian told me months ago we had tickets, I thought this is not a birthday present for me; the concert is more for him. I mean I like their music, it's not what I would call my favorite, but we've been listening to it for a couple of years. So, I have my favorites.
There were a boat load of people there in the arena. I don't much like being packed into spaces like that, but how can a concert be so high energy and intimate at the same time? The range of ages of those in attendance surprised me; it shouldn't since I'm around music quite a bit, and I've learned there's no set fan base for any one performer-who knows what will appeal to one person or the next?
The Avett's do not disappoint. They have incredible showmanship, coming out to the edge of the stage, touching hands and wailing. What got me most is when the brothers would sing and share the microphone. I can hardly get my kids to talk to each other in the same room, let alone stand that close to one another and perform. They appear to be very family oriented to the point of bringing their father and sister onstage to sing with them. (there are other performers)
So, they played my favorites, "Shame" and "Down with the Shine." Brian's favorites are "The Ballad of Love and Hate" and "Murder in the City." We laughed with them, I cried with them, and we rang int he new year together. This tune, I have heard before, but never really paid attention to, and it has touched my heart. I think it was written for their mother...and it made me think of mine.
Listen, enjoy. This concert was well worth the time and trip. Fabulous musicians Iloved every minute of it.