Scott and Seth Avett. Photo by Bryan Clifton.
Though the venue was only about half-full, the Avett Brothers brought it to Robinson Center Music Hall last night. They graciously thanked their fans with a dynamic and heart-felt performance that took the crowd on a roller-coaster ride. Kick-drum and banjo begged listeners to dance a jig, then piano and cello led them back to a sway.
Bob Crawford, Scott and Seth Avett. Photo by Bryan Clifton.
A new working relationship with Rick Rubin has had a number of folks skeptical about their new pop sound. But the band proved there is nothing much to get up in arms about. Opening with crowd favorites "Salina" and "Shame," followed by "I and Love and You" from the same titled forthcoming album, the night's artfully woven set list seamlessly blended the old with the new.
Joe Kwon. Photo by Bryan Clifton.
Cellist Joe Kwon added another interesting dimension to their performance, strumming his cello like a guitar during "Distraction # 74" and occasionally leaving the stage to the original Avett Brothers. Look for a full review in next week's edition.
Joe Kwon and Scott Avett. Photo by Bryan Clifton.
Joe Kwon, Bob Crawford, and Scott Avett. Photo by Bryan Clifton.