Grace Potter comes out to a sold out crowd @ The Fillmore. All photos by Leysha Caraballo.
Grace Potter comes out to a sold out crowd at The Fillmore. All photos by Leysha Caraballa

The background music fades as the stage is illuminated, setting the scene for Grace Potter’s entrance. The crowd buzzes with anticipation as they wait for her to take the stage. The screams of excitement  are deafening. Potter opened with a song from her first solo album, “Midnight,”released August 14.

Potter made her her debut in 2004 with her original band, “Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.” They made their way up the charts with a jazzy and folk-influenced style, including one of their top hits, “Stars.” Even though the group received some success, Grace felt that she needed to try a solo career. Potter’s most popular song, “Alive Tonight,” is evidence that she can  handle being a solo act.

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Potter dominated the stage with her high-energy personality, as she made sure to cover all parts of the stage. At one point she was even flat on her back belting out a song. But more impressively, her skills on the electric guitar were astounding. Because of her prowess, she now has her very own “Grace Potter Signature Flying V” by Gibson Guitars.

With two drummers, three guitarists and a piano player, you’d think that Grace’s voice might be overpowered by the music, but it the opposite effect occurred. Her signature raspy voice that exudes soul flew over the riffs, beats, and bass. The crowd was mesmerized by her vocal strength and the deep emotions she conveyed through her lyrics.


This was her second trip to Charlotte with a sold out crowd. Grace Potter has made a name for herself not only through her band but also as a solo artist who can hold her own. The entire show was high energy, and the audience was a large part of that. Her loyal fans cheered through the whole night till the very end. Hopefully, Potter will keep Charlotte in mind on her next tour because this concert was an unforgettable experience.

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