Sexual energy and the end of an era
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • June 21, 2011 @ 3:17pm
Grace Potter often steals the show. She’s obviously deeply connected to her music, to even spiritual and erotic extents. While guys love her as much for her addictive voice as her…errm, well-built figure, she’s more than a vivacious woman with a microphone. I wasn’t lying when I said she spurted sexual energy—take this from the band’s website:
“When I wrote ‘Paris,’ I was listening to the Kinks nonstop, and I was going for something with a big, primal riff, like ‘You Really Got Me.’ It was the first time I ever really just said, ‘I’m not going to try to tell a story, and I’m not going to try to communicate an emotion. I’m just going to say, basically, “I want to have sex right now.”’ Get some.
Potter, who’s a capable guitarist and keyboard player, is joined by the four Nocturnals, a stable foundation often overshadowed. Lead guitarist Scott Tournet, drummer Matt Burr, bassist Catherine Popper and rhythm guitarist Benny Yurco aren’t short on talent, dropping tantalizing hooks without winning popular merit. That’s life when your lead singer is gorgeous, apparently.
After the nod to the Nocturnals, it’s refreshing that Buffalo Place welcomes a popular female artist to the Square. Women performers have been scarce in the past, though Ingrid Michaelson was well-received last summer, but we’re set for a final treat in Lafayette Square’s run as TATS venue.
Listen to the local media rave about Potter & her sidekicks:
From Buffablog TATS preview: “Grace Potter isn’t just a babe, she honestly can rock harder than any dude on this list.”
From The Good Neighborhood: “Yes, she’s got legs and knows how to use ‘em, but one can’t kick it in the jam band circuit on a pair o’ legs alone – these cats kick out the jams, riff rockin’ alongside some seriously pyrotechnical vocals on the part of Potter.”
Thursday at the Square shifts to the Erie Canal Harbor Wharf, the site of the Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor shows, for June 30’s Lowest of the Low show. Relish the memories you’ve had in the Square (or at least picture the bizarre dancers you’ve seen), marvel at Potter’s gyrations and even give a wistful smile at the Civil War monument in the middle.