As one of the last days of summer winded down in New York’s Bryant Park, Vermont rockers Grace Potter & the Nocturnals sent the season out in style with a night of funk, rock, and soul. Along with stand-outs from their self-titled 2010 album such as “Paris (Ooh La La),” “Medicine,” and of course, “Hot Summer Night,” the band treated fans to a cover of the Jefferson Airplane classic “White Rabbit,” in which Potter expertly channeled another Grace.
As the summer was winding down in New York’s Bryant Park, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals sent the season out in style with a night of funk, rock, and soul.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Born in Waitsfield, VT, Grace Potter was studying theatre at St. Lawrence University when drummer Matt Burr heard her singing at an open-mic 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. The Porch in the southwest corner of Manhattan’s Bryant Park, offers visitors a new place to relax and recharge. Equipped with Adirondack chairs, sofas, and couches, The Porch gives all of New York an al fresco lounge that is open every day and offers specialty snacks and drinks in addition to power outlets for your laptop, iPod, or cell phone for a different type of refueling. It has become a landmark stage for countless arts and cultural performances, enriching the surrounding community. Photography courtesy of Adam Macchia for Artists Den Entertainment