A member of the Avette Brothers performs on stage during the first night of performances at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on April 1, 2011.
Michelle Lepianka Carter | Tuscaloosa News
TUSCALOOSA | The act that packed the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on opening night 2011 is coming back for 2012: The Avett Brothers, with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals as opening band, will play the amphitheater again on Oct. 11.
Since the Avetts broke in the amphitheater on April 1 last year, the band of brothers—Scott and Seth —with longtime friend Bob Crawford on bass, has played Conan O’Brien’s show, the Jimmy Fallon show and the Bonnaroo Festival. The band has also appeared on “Chimes of Freedom,” a Bob Dylan tribute album.
Perhaps of more interest to fans, the Avetts recently released a new banjo-driven single, “Live and Die,” from an upcoming disc, “The Carpenter.” It rings with the band’s familiar sound, rooted in folk, country, pop and rock, showing a more upbeat feel than some of the tracks from the Avetts’ 2009 “I and Love and You.”
“The Carpenter,” the sixth full-length album by the group that bonded about a decade ago busking on North Carolina street corners, is scheduled for release Sept. 11. The Avett Brothers grew its audience in Tuscaloosa over the decade, playing clubs and later the Bama Theatre, the last there a sold-out 2009 gig, before 2011’s amphitheater concert.
Like the Avetts, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals began in the early years of the 21st century, building into mainstream success. A 2010 appearance on “Almost Alice,” the soundtrack companion album to Tim Burton’s film “Alice in Wonderland,” introduced new fans to Potter’s bluesy powerhouse of a voice, as she wailed through a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit.”
The success of the band’s 2010 self-titled third studio disc paved the way for its newest, “The Lion The Beast The Beat,” which came out last month. It was produced by Jim Scott, who’s worked with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco and Tedeschi-Trucks Band.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. July 13 at the amphitheater box office, online at www.
ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000. General admission tickets down front will be $39. Reserved seats in the two tiers above will be $29 and $34. The Oct. 11 show will begin at 7:30 p.m.
To learn more, go to www.tuscaloosaamphitheater.com.
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