A steady, light rain did little to dampen the spirits of the roughly 3,500 people who turned out for Sunday night's Avett Brothers concert in the revamped Gallivan Center.
The familial, angelic harmonies of brothers Scott and Seth Avett are the band's calling card and with a nice twang of a banjo always lying beneath the band's poppy, bittersweet lyrics, it's easy to see why their popularity is on the upswing. The group's fine musicianship and an overt amount of mutual love and appreciation between audience and performer makes the band a natural crowd favorite.
The show was filled with highlights, including the bluegrass-fueled romp of "I Killed Sally's Lover," "The Weight of Lies," and "Tin Man," along with crowd favorites such as "Kick Drum Heart," "I and Love and You," and John Prine's "Spanish Pipedream."
Although this was my second trip to the Gallivan Center in three nights it marked the first visit for many to the Gallivan Center, and the retooled venue seemed to largely pass inspection.
The same can be said about opening act Jessica Lea Mayfield, who despite some suspect sound mixing appeared to go over well with the concert's early arrivals.
And though it's tough to know who or what to blame, the Avetts' cello player Joe Kwon was largely inaudible during the entire 110-minute show. That, along with the cool, steady rain was about the only thing wrong with the concert.
If you missed this one, you missed a fine time.
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