Written By | Aidan Hicks
Being almost two years since her latest album release, that hasn’t stopped multi-instrumentalist Grace Potters’ loyal fan base to show love at her Red Rocks performance on June 16th, 2021. This comes as she continues promoting her latest album Daylight and her 2020 EP We’ll Be Alright. Despite the recent record-breaking summer heatwave, there was only excitement in the air for concert goers and viewers watching from the AXS livestream.
Kicking off, Grace was welcomed onstage to a roaring crowd and open arms at a emotionally overwhelming point for all after the last year from the pandemic. Although we’re used to seeing her with a backing band, fans realized this’ll mostly be a one-woman show for a more raw and intimate experience which only exceeded the excitement for what’s to come.
After opening with an emotional acapella version of “Nothing But the Water,” the entertainment and vibes only went up from there. Altering between her guitars and keyboards to perform everything. From hit’s like “Every Heartbeat” to her recent work “We’ll Be Alright” to even cover’s of Tom Pettys’ “American Girl” and Fleetwood Macs’ “Gold Dust Woman,” you got a little bit of everything from this 2 ½ hour performance.
Walking in as an outsider, the highlight for me was the intermission of Potter making casual conversation to the crowd and shouting out her family and songwriters. While many would prefer sticking with the setlist, Potter seemed to go with the flow and gave “catching up with an old friend” vibes that felt more real and overall welcomed.
The vibes were so positive, Potter extended her performance an hour to do a surprise performance with singer Nathaniel Rateliff, guitarist Alex Proctor, and drummer/husband Eric Valentine. Potter concluded the show walking off stage on a Star Trek reference, asking all to live long and prosper.
Overall, all felt they got more than what they paid for and thankful for the experience as Potter continues on with her tour. I’d highly recommend checking out her work and live stream performances when you have the chance.