Review and photos by Traci Brooks / ChunkyGlasses

Move over Cinderella – has a new princess, and her name is . Bringing fierce vocals and sassy dance moves to the 9:30 club for a four-night stay, Potter had the venue swaying and screaming along to her smoky, energetic performance from start to finish.

Opening with “Medicine,” rolling into “Hot Summer Night” and then straight into “Joey” with barely a hello, Potter clearly came with the intent to rock. Even the songs that seemed mild recorded took on a new energy in her live performance, honed by dedicated years of .

Keeping the audience included without disintegrating into a sing-a-long, Potter took the crowd on a journey through her discography, acknowledging the requests (except Free Bird) and even taking a pit stop to play “Belladonna,” a b-side released only in Japan that “a bunch of f***ing geeks” discovered. Several tracks from her newest album, The Lion the Beast the Beat also made appearances in her 90-plus-minute set that was filled with extended guitar solos that would make any jam band proud, and enough hairography for an episode of Glee.


Even during the (relatively speaking) calm moments of the show, Potter put out enough intensity to keep the crowd engaged during “One Missing” and “Timekeeper.” Occasionally, Potter allowed the guitars to overpower her signature wail, but only when it served the music best. She created unique visual and audio moments from song to song, whether being on her knees, slapping a tambourine or banging on a keyboard – and never wavered in her vocal control.

Just in case anyone at the sold out show doubted her musical street cred, Potter gave ample opportunity to change their mind. Assuming there’s any rock’n’roll left in this world dominated by Ke$ha and , it lives in .

SETLIST: @ 9:30 Club, , DC || FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7TH, 2012

Medicine, Hot Summer Night, Joey, Treat Me Right, Keepsake, Timekeeper, Colors, One Short Night, Belladonna, Stop The Bus, One Missing, Tiny Light, , (Ooh La La)

The Lion The Beast The Beat, , White Rabbit ( cover), Nothing But The Water I, Nothing But The Water II

[via Setlist.FM]

Grace potter and the nocturnals/ medicine

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