Burlington waterfront brought to life
Grand Point North Festival celebrates local music, food and culture
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 23:09
The Grand Point North Festival rocked the waterfront on Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15.
Friday’s lineup consisted of Toothache, Brenda Ryan Power, Heliose and the Savoir Faire, Rich Robinson, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dr. Dog and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Rich Robinson started the night off with high energy, a surprisingly good set of pipes and reckless guitar playing.
The next act, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, was arguably the biggest surprise of the festival.
Their unique re-creation of southern folk and bluegrass music, as well as their original material, stunned the audience.
The group consists of just four members, all in complete mastery of their voices and respective instruments.
Following this act was Dr. Dog, who played an exciting and powerful set.
“It was a much more fleshed out festival with more acts and diversity [than last year],” Vermont resident Collin Craig said.
In addition to the music, Green Mountain Coffee and Ben and Jerry’s gave out free samples.
Locally made pizza, tacos and beer were sold as refreshments, and numerous facts about Vermont agriculture and ethics were scattered around the premises, making it quite the local extravaganza.
A bit of scattered rain did not stop Saturday’s sold-out crowd from enjoying another day of excellent music.
The lineup featured Bob Wagner, Bow Thayer, Gregory Douglass, Waylon Speed, Nicki Blumm and the Gramblers, Galactic, The Avett Brothers and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Galactic’s funk jams, led by the formidable voice of Corey Glover from Living Colour, kept the crowd on their toes.
The momentum from Galactic carried over to The Avett Brothers.
They may be getting older, but their performance was as exciting as ever.
They ran through their hits while pulling out a few deep cuts here and there. It was an enthralling and well-organized set.
These two veteran acts were certainly tough to follow, but when Grace Potter and the Nocturnals finally appeared on the main stage, the audience roared with excitement.
The applause was deafening when the head lady herself bounded to center stage.
Potter danced throughout the entire set, cuing her band, playing the keyboard and hitting high notes, all with a huge smile on her face.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals play a tight live show, never wavering from the beat while still leaving enough room for improvisation – of which there was plenty – and numerous guitar solos.
When their set concluded with a cover of Heart’s “Crazy On You” and their signature hit “Paris,” it was easy to sense the crowd’s satisfaction with the show.
“Grace is a tremendous performer who captivated the audience,” sophomore Mike Storace said. “It was a great festival.”