A Night of Rock and Soul with Grace Potter at The Anthem in DC

By Stu Kelly / January 29, 2024

Grace Potter took the stage at The Anthem in Washington, D.C., this past Saturday, and from the first note, it was evident that the night would be a memorable celebration of rock and soul. The Grammy-nominated artist, known for her powerhouse vocals and energetic stage presence, delivered a diverse setlist from her musical background, showcasing her versatility and lyrical prowess. Potter is on tour supporting her most recent album, Mother Road, celebrating another chapter in her ever-evolving career. 

The evening kicked off with the infectious energy of “Lady Vagabond,” setting the tone for a night full of soulful exploration. The crowd was immediately drawn into the world of Grace Potter as she effortlessly transitioned into the anthemic “Medicine,” another throwback to her Nocturnals days that had long-time fans cheering with nostalgia.

The momentum continued with “Ah Mary,” another classic from Grace Potter & the Nocturnals before she took a bold step into the realm of Fleetwood Mac with a mesmerizing rendition of “Gold Dust Woman.” Potter’s powerful vocals paid homage to the iconic Stevie Nicks, adding her gritty touch to the cover.

“Empty Heart” showcased Potter’s ability to connect emotionally with her audience, her voice soaring through the venue with a raw authenticity that left a lasting impact. The bluesy “Mother Road” and the infectious “Something That I Want” further demonstrated the diversity of Potter’s musical palette.

Grace Potter treated the audience to a mix of old and new numbers as the night progressed, seamlessly blending rare fan favorites like “Treat Me Right” with new songs like “Little Hitchhiker.” The crowd navigated through a journey through Potter’s musical evolution, each song a testament to her growth as an artist.

The atmosphere reached a fever pitch with the soul-stirring “Nothing but the Water (II)” and the crowd-pleaser “Stop the Bus.” The energy in The Anthem was palpable, with fans singing along to every word and surrendering to the irresistible rhythm of Potter’s performance.

Potter’s set reached its climax with the anthemic “The Lion the Beast the Beat” and the sultry “Paris (Ooh La La).” Grace Potter left the stage, leaving the audience hungry for more. The encore, however, did not disappoint.

Returning to the stage, Potter unleashed the hauntingly beautiful song “Big White Gate,” another Nocturnals classic that sent shivers through the crowd. The atmosphere shifted to a more intimate setting with a stunning rendition of Deana Carter‘s “You and Tequila,” showcasing Potter’s ability to make each song uniquely her own. Potter recorded a duet of this song in the studio with country musician Kenny Chesney in 2010 and has performed the song live with him several times. At The Anthem, Potter brought out the opening artist, a Baltimore native, Brittany Spencer, for a beautiful duet of the beloved cover. 

Closing the night with “Stars,” another gem from Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, the audience was left in awe of the artist’s vocal range and passionate delivery. As the final notes resonated through The Anthem, it was clear that Grace Potter had left an indelible mark on the hearts of everyone in attendance.

In conclusion, Grace Potter’s performance at The Anthem was a masterclass in rock and soul. From the electrifying energy to the soulful ballads, she proved once again why she is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. The night was a testament to the enduring power of live music, and Grace Potter’s performance will undoubtedly be remembered as a highlight in the vibrant musical scene of Washington, D.C.

Setlist: 

  • Lady Vagabond
  • Medicine (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals song)
  • Ah Mary (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals song)
  • Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  • Empty Heart
  • Mother Road
  • Something That I Want
  • Treat Me Right (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals song)
  • Good Time, Little Hitchhiker
  • Nothing but the Water (II) (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals song)
  • Stop the Bus (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals song)
  • The Lion the Beast the Beat (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals song)
  • Paris (Ooh La La) (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals song)

Encore:

  • Big White Gate (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals song)
  • You and Tequila (Deana Carter cover)
  • Stars (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals song)

Watch footage of Grace performing “Paris (Ooh La La)” below.

Images courtesy of Stu Kelly Photography

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