Potter. No, not Harry, not this time. This time it’s all about Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. The group and accompanying artist Rayland Baxter made their way back to Utah to treat us with a set list that the fans themselves requested. A large crowd packed into downtown Salt Lake’s newly remodeled outdoor venue, The Gallivan Center on a very hot Saturday evening(07/16/11). For some reason, the venue kept looping one song, over and over until Rayland Baxter took the stage and ended the madness. I met up with him before the show at his merch booth. He was kind enough to chat and drew me a little picture. Rayland is a “country boy”. He plays his guitar. He plays it with soul. The most charming thing about Rayland’s performances is the simplicity that runs through each song. He often prefaces the song with a story of its meaning, then strums away. He has a clean, soulful sound, and I enjoy that he whistles during the songs. Rayland was kind enough to throw out a couple of his hand-wrapped cds into the crowd. His voice reminds me of both Simon and Garfunkel. Rayland Baxter makes for a great opener, that’s for sure.  Included is a flickr.com link to photos of Rayland from this set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/52457275@N05/sets/72157627087877141/


After warming up with Rayland, the crowd was ready for Grace Potter to take the stage. When the group walked on, it was noticeable that one member was not in attendance; Catherine Popper. But, the show went on. Grace. What can one say about her? Knockout beauty, the pipes and talent to match. If you’re able to take your eyes off of her as she struts on stage with her tambourine and dangerously short outfits, you’ll notice that there are other incredibly talented people in the band. I’ve seen them twice now, and I really got into this show and watching how the drummer and guitarists just bury themselves in the performance.

Grace danced, sang, strummed and awed. She happened to be wearing a large costume jewelry type ring. As a concert photographer, I usually am in the front of the stage. This time, I got to be in the crowd. Grace threw that monstrous ring into the crowd for a lucky fan. Well, I got nailed in the head with it, but avoided the feisty scramble for the ring when it hit the ground. A nice guy came up with it and handed it off to his girlfriend. I had a great time at this show, and I’m pretty sure everyone else did. Grace and her band impress. Always.

As for the set list, check this out!

  1. Goodbye Kiss  
  2. Joey 
  3. One Short Night 
  4. Muzzle of Bees
  5. You and Tequila( Kenny Chesney cover) (Scott & Grace duet)
  6. Money
  7. That Phone
  8. Apologies  
  9. Treat Me Right
  10. Ah mary
  11. Pain in my Heart(Otis Redding cover)
  12. Stop the Bus
  13. Nothing but the Water I
  14. White Rabbit(Jefferson Airplane cover)
  15. Paris(Ooh la la)
  16. Encore:
  17. Sweet Hands
  18. Medicine


So, as you can see, this was a very giving set. Grace took requests on-line for what the Salt Lake gang wanted to see, and she delivered. Please enjoy photos I took of the good times, below.









I am a freelance photographer in Salt Lake City Utah. I love music of all types. I\'ve shot many bands, and I also write and take nature photos. My favorite band is 311.
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