Grace Potter & The Nocturnals’ return to Cincinnati on June 17 was a highly anticipated event, and the 20th Century Theatre had a capacity crowd once again for the Vermont based unit. Touring on the heels of their self titled, critically acclaimed disc, Potter & The Nocturnals picked the third track, “Medicine,” to begin the performance. It was a powerful opener, and immediately Potter and co. had the crowd galvanized by her squeals and their vibrant stage presence. “Mastermind” followed, showcasing the razor sharp chops of lead guitarist Scott Tournet. Drummer Matthew Burr drove the insistent backbeats of “Only Love.” Potter’s set flowed naturally, and the television favorites “Apologies” from One Tree Hill and “Falling or Flying” heard on ER and Grey’s Anatomy were received favorably from the packed floor. “One Short Night” focused attention back towards the new album, and “Tiny Light” sailed along on the mix of country rock vocals from Potter, and Tournet’s delicate electric embellishments. The theme song for the mid June concert was an obvious one, a pumped up anthem for the season, “Hot Summer Night.” Then, it was time for Grace Potter & The Nocturnals to leave the stage with a rousing take on their radio hit, “Paris (Ooh La La).” Returning to encore with the improvised workout of “Watching You,” Grace Potter & The Nocturnals couldn’t help taking their audience on one last psychedelic trip for the evening, a stunning cover of the Jefferson Airplane classic, “White Rabbit.” Summer nights don’t get much better than that.
Setlist: Medicine, Mastermind, Only Love, Apologies, 2:22, Oasis, Goodbye Kiss, Falling or Flying, One Short Night, That Phone, Ah Mary, Tiny Light, Joey, Hot Summer Night, Paris (Ooh La La) Encore: Watching You, White Rabbit, NTBW