Nate and the boys delivered, as did their opening act, recent collaborators Lucius.
When we arrived at the show, we still had no idea who was opening the evening. After running into some other friends, I was informed that it was Lucius, which led to some Ludacris jokes and all the LOLs. I hadn’t heard them before, so had no idea what to expect, but they were easy on the ears and got things started off nicely. Oh, and those outfits! Nice work, ladies.
Their sound is centered around the harmonizing vocals of the two neon-clad crooners, and their drummer is living his best life – hands only. Dude gets to stand and use only two limbs, Meg White style (I kid, I kid). Their cover of Gerry Rafferty’s “Right Down the Line” was spot on, and they played what I can now say is my favorite original composition of theirs, the lovely “Turn It Around”.
Headliner: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
The boys sucked me in from the start when they kicked things off with two of my favorites of theirs- the simple guitar riff and emotion of “You Worry Me” and the feel-good jam “Out on the Weekend” which features this sublimity: “out on the weekend, send the children to bed and let the drinks come out; we’ll play our favorite records and kiss on the mouth”. This eight-piece is a band that is hard to not enjoy, and if you are not familiar with them, check them out now. Either of their albums are worth your time, and when they come back to town give them a shot.
“Look It Here” and “Be There” kept the crowd dancing, and by the time the “do do da do do”s of “Mellow Out” came, they had the sold-out crowd in the palm of their collective hand. After the groove of “Shake”, their funkiest song, we were treated to the gals from Lucius on backing vocals on “Coolin’ Out” and “Babe I Know”. These gals are also featured on the studio versions of these songs, which makes them opening for them a perfect match.
While the middle of the set was no slouch (there were no dull moments, honestly), the ending was even better than the aforementioned strong start. Their last two songs before leaving the stage for the first time were the horn section focused “Intro” with its shoutalong vocals and then the ever solid “I Need Never Get Old”.
After a brief encore break, they returned for three more great songs (and even went a little after curfew, spoiling my prediction of only two encore tracks): “Shoe Boot”, the terrific lead track from their excellent latest album; their raucous breakout hit “S.O.B.”; and the peppy percussion-heavy jam “Trying So Hard Not to Know”. When they took their final bow, the standing ovation was warm, lengthy, and well deserved.
You Worry Me
Out on the Weekend – Version 2
Look It Here
Baby I Lost My Way (But I’m Going Home)
Say It Louder
A Little Honey
Coolin’ Out (with Lucius)
Babe I Know (with Lucius)
Hey Mama (extended band jam)
I Need Never Get Old
Trying So Hard Not To Know
Spotify setlist playlist link: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2Ve2Hy4uNnWuFDMdBVOxDk?si=R_HkwtZ7RDeIH27ZTWMhhA