The Avett Brothers play at Verizon Arena Friday.
THE AVETT BROTHERS
8 p.m. Verizon Arena. $46-$53.
North Carolina's Avett Brothers
have spent the last decade and change rising to the top of the heap of scruffy, earnest folk rock outfits with banjos and beautiful vocal harmonies.
Brothers Scott and Seth Avett (banjoist and guitarist, respectively) formed the band back about the turn of the millennium with their buddy, "Bass-Playin'" Bob Crawford (bassist). The trio cut several albums of wide-eyed folkcraft and gentle harmonizing and banjo pluckery, touring the venues of this nation with tireless resolve.
Before too long, they'd become quite popular, and ol' Rick Rubin, producer of Slayer and Johnny Cash, signed the band and brought them under his wing (or perhaps into the warm recesses of his gigantic beard
, which also would likely be beneficial to an aspiring young band). Now the dudes are playing big outdoor festivals and stadiums.