As one of the last days of summer winded down in New York’s Bryant Park, Vermont rockers Grace Potter and The Nocturnals sent the season out in style with a night of funk, rock, and soul. The band treated fans to stand-outs from their self-titled 2010 album such as “Paris (Ooh La La),” “Medicine,” and of course, “Hot Summer Night.”
Born in Waitsfield, VT, Grace Potter was studying theatre at St. Lawrence University when drummer Matt Burr heard her singing at an open-mike night in 2002 and asked if she would form a band with him. After initially declining, Potter eventually reconsidered and Grace Potter and The Nocturnals was born, named for the band’s late-night rehearsal habits. After two self-released records, the band signed with Hollywood Records in 2005 and released their major-label debut, This Is Somewhere, in 2007. But it was with their second, self-titled album that the band really broke through: they were named one of Rolling Stone’s “Best New Bands of 2010.”
Bryant Park is a 9.6 acre privately managed public park located in the Manhattan, which is also the location of the New York Public Library. The park is located exactly over the underground structure that contains the library’s stacks, built in the 1980s when the park was closed and excavated. To sit in the park is to sit upon knowledge.