Sit-Ins, Covers Highlight Grand Point North
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals held their second annual Grand Point North Festival in Burlington, VT this weekend. The two-day event was highlighted by numerous sit-ins, bustouts, and covers throughout the weekend, with the biggest surprise coming in the form of Kenny Chesney, who flew in on Saturday night to surprise Grace. Chesney performed his song “You & Tequila” which featured Grace on the track, as well as a surprise cover of Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire,” a staple at GPN shows. Trombone Shorty joined GPN during their Sunday night show to add his horn to the hit “Paris” as well. And finally, no strangers to each other, Warren Haynes also lent his guitar to the Nothing But the Water track “2:22.” During Gov’t Mule’s set, Grace joined the band once again on vocals for a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman.”
Recently, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals have incorporated Grateful Dead covers into their live repertoire, including such classics as “Friend of the Devil” and “Casey Jones.” This year at Grand Point North, they hosted “Grand Point Dead” which consisted of Grace Potter, Scott Tournet (GPN guitarist), Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro (drums), Benny Yurco (guitar/vocals), and special guest Warren Haynes playing a Grateful Dead tribute set. The spur-the-moment band played an after-show and offered their take on tunes like “Sugaree,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Scarlet Begonias,” and many more.