Grace Potter Performs with Sharon Jones, Returns to St. Lawrence University
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals played two special shows this weekend. On Saturday night, the band performed at the private
Big Brother Big Sister Benefit show in Boston. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings were supposed to perform at the benefit as well but were unable to make it to Boston due to the snow storm which plagued the area. However, Jones was able to make it to Boston, and the singer joined Grace Potter & the Nocturnals for a portion of their set.
Jones emerged during the Nocturnals’ set to duet with Potter on The Dap-Kings’ version of “This Land Is Your Land.” She remained onstage to supply some background vocals on “Treat Me Right” and shared another featured duet with Potter on Bill Withers’ “Grandma’s Hands.” As the Nocturnals charged into the end of their show, Jones remained onstage, dancing and playing tamborine on “Runaway,” “Turntable” and “Paris.”
The Dap-Kings frontwoman returned for the band’s encore as well. First, she shared vocal duties with Potter on The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” and later, she sang with Potter on Otis Redding’s “Pain In My Heart.” Potter and Jones also performed the latter song together at the Grand Targhee Festival in 2011.
Finnally, at the end of the show, Jones danced along with the Nocturnals on “Medicine.”
Last night, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals returned to their alma mater, Canton, NY’s St. Lawrence University. The group performed at the school’s Saints Stadium, not far from the Java Barn club where the Nocturnals made their name. At the end of their show, Potter invited out her old music teacher, Professor Mike Farley, to play saxophone on The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.”
Potter will perform in Providence, RI this evening.