Grace Potter rocks Saranac Brewery

 

Grace Potter - James Suits Photography - The Fuze Magazine (7)Singer-songwriter Grace Potter brought her act to Utica recently. With local landmark Saranac Brewery acting as a backdrop and a near full moon shining brightly upon the enthusiastic crowd, Potter took the stage and delivered a high octane performance. Potter performed several of the songs off her most recent solo album “Midnight” including “Hot to the Touch,” “Alive Tonight,” “Delirious” and the hit single “Empty Heart” along with other songs from her decade plus career.

The hard rocking energy she brought to her performance was infectious, and infused every song with a sense of urgency. She kept this up for the duration of the two hour show, with only occasional breaks for songs like the slow burn ballad “Apologies.” At various times channeling such singers as Melissa Etheridge, Kim Carnes and Janice Joplin Potter’s emotional vocals lent even her most upbeat songs some real gravitas.

Potter floats and slinks around the stage with an unapologetic sensuality, at times reminiscent of Prince. The Purple One was an obvious influence on her, as she opened the show with the intro to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” and later performed an acoustic cover of “When Doves Cry.” It also seemed very fitting when toward the end of her main set she played the Rod Stewart classic “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”

While not actually from Utica; the Burlington, VT based Potter brought a hometown vibe to the evening with tales of traveling to Utica while attending St Lawrence University in Canton, NY. She promised to come back to the area again soon. Here’s hoping she keeps her word.

 

 

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