Love was in the air at the Avett brothers concert last night – even for a cynic such as myself it was hard not to feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The band bounced onto the stage and kicked things off with one of my personal favorites “Die Die Die,” which had the crowd in the palm of their hand right from the opening notes.Like you would expect from an Avett Brothers show the energy was through the roof and there was more than enough foot stomping to go around.
The crowd was always more than willing to join in on synchronized clapping and sing-alongs, especially on fan favorites like “I and Love and You” and “Kick Drum Heart.”
The brothers took turns playing the piano, singing lead and even on stage. During one of the rare quiet moments of the show the band cleared the stage and a single spotlight illuminated Scott as he played “Murder In the City” and when he was done Seth took his turn in the spotlight and sang a solo version of “The Ballad of Love and Hate.”
The brothers can certainly hold their own all alone but it’s clear that their voices and music was made for each other. The harmonies were even better and more defined live, they never skipped a beat throughout the entire show and there was clear joy in their performance. In fact they thanked the crowd numerous times and professed their love for not only the fans but Virginia in general, which they made sure to say is one of their favorite states (technically we’re a commonwealth but I’ll let it slide). The brothers have been playing in VA for years now, beginning with small venues such as The Attucks Theater and progressively gaining fans and larger locales along the way. I wouldn’t say that the TED was the perfect venue for them (obviously The Norva would have been ideal) but as long as you were in the pit there was certainly no loss of energy.
Highlights for me would include “Laundry Room,” “Talk on Indolence,” “And It Spread,” the perfectly placed screaming and of course Joe Kwon’s amazing dance moves and obvious love of the music. What can I say a great band at the top of their game with a great catalog of music and a ridiculous amount of energy. Simply put, well worth the ticket price and then some.