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August 11, 2013

MUSIC NOTES: Two-part Potter interview was dream come true

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have been thrilling audiences for 10 years, building their reputation the hard way, with extensive touring and establishing themselves as one of the best live bands around.

The circumstances that led to my landing an interview with Grace are almost too hard to believe. At the risk of sounding trite, it was literally a dream come true.

If you are wondering what all the fuss is about, you can check out Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Sept. 11 at The Town Ballroom in Buffalo. I have no doubt the show will sell out, so I suggest you don’t hesitate buying tickets.

To get you ready for the show, I am proud to present part one of a two-part interview with Grace Potter conducted by phone the night before she was scheduled to appear with The Avett Brothers in Canandaigua.

QUESTION: I was just listening to a great recording of your 2010 show at The Town Ballroom, you guys killed it that night.

ANSWER: Oh thanks, I remember one show there that we almost had to cancel in the dead of winter, but we didn’t, and we had a crazy time there. There weren’t a lot of people there and it was the first time we played at The Town Ballroom. I really like the space there and I am looking forward to coming back and stretching it out a bit, and taking requests and all that kind of stuff.

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Q: Well that leads nicely to my next question. Every time I see you on a bill opening for anyone it drives me crazy. I can’t believe at this stage of your career you are opening for anyone, because you are such an amazing live performer. How do you feel about sharing the bill with other artists?

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