Grace Potter and The Nocturnals
Thursday, June 23
If there’s ever a bombshell frontwoman capable of casting a spell over an audience with her knee-weakening good looks, lusty stage presence and equally as sultry vocals, it’s Grace Potter. Adorned in sequins, with her mouth pressed tight against the microphone as if it’s an extension of her body, Grace Potter has all of the trademarks to make her a bona fide star—the sexual prowess of Tina Turner, the vocal range of Janis Joplin, and the tenderness of Stevie Nicks. It’s hard to imagine Grace Potter flourishing without her Nocturnals backing her every step of the way though, adding their own unique flavor to the blues/funk/country/pop/classic rock jambalaya that they stir up. They’ve managed to carve out their own niche with a sound inspired by 1960s and 1970s blues/rock beats and melodies, without sounding the least bit dated. Between heartfelt ballads like “Things I Never Needed,” hard-rocking “Paris,” and one-night-stand innuendo “One Short Night,” the group proves that their eclecticism is one of their greatest attributes. The Vermont-based quintet was catapulted to mainstream success with their self-titled third album, prompting Rolling Stone magazine to name them one of the “Best New Bands of 2010.” If 2010 was their breakthrough year, 2011 is most definitely their year to shine. They stole the show at this year’s Bonnaroo Festival, and come to Thursday in the Square this Thursday (June 23), in what promises to be one of the best Square shows this summer. Don’t worry if you find yourself staring longingly at Grace Potter the entire time; everyone else will be too. —jon wheelock
5-9pm. Lafayette Square (buffaloplace.com/thursday-at-the-square). Free.