Last year The Avett Brothers sold out Madison Square Garden and played a smaller show at The Capitol Theatre right afterwards. Clearly the band liked the smaller room as Thursday night they started a three-night run at the famed venue, with all three selling out as soon as they went on sale. Fans lined up at the venue early to get a spot up front so they could dance and sing all evening along with them.
The quickness of the first three songs was unreal. They rattled them off with such ease and perfection that many in the crowd looked at one another with a look of amazement, even though they have clearly seen the band before. Seth and Scott’s voices were rested and beautiful all evening, sounding as strong as ever, even though the band is clearly playing more shows now today than ever before. The energy that they bring is absolutely infectious and never seemed to wane throughout the set. Speaking of the set, the band tore through 23 songs in the regular set alone. When a band plays that many songs that usually includes the encore, but they came back for more after the raucous crowd called them back for more.
Slower songs were sprinkled in during the set, but they always felt like the calm before the storm of the quicker tunes. That is not a statement on the slower songs, as they were absolutely gorgeous, but the way the faster tunes enraptured the audience was just spellbinding. “Satan Pulls the Strings” was an absolute barn burner and showed the band at their best, playing as fast and tight as humanly possible. A beautiful section of the evening revolved around Seth and Scott sharing one microphone, while other members of the band would accompany them one by one depending on which song was being played. Listening to their voices with only a guitar and one other instrument join it is just concert perfection.
The regular set closed with a wild “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise” and gave the crowd the biggest sing-a-long of the evening. They came back for the encore to plush red seats situated near the front of the stage and played a mostly acoustic encore. “Old Joe” was easily the highlight of the encore as each member just took their instrument to school and owned their moment in the spotlight. The crowd ate it up and every time a new member soloed, they roared in approval. “Down in the Valley” brought the show to a close, but not before Seth and Scott thanked the crowd for welcoming them in to The Capitol Theatre for the first of three nights. They were happy to be getting settled into the venue, and if the first night of the run was any indication, the next two nights should be just as wild.
Article: Bryan Lasky