What a concert!
We saw Avetts at Terminal 5 in NYC tonight, and it was just as great as I hoped it would be! They are amazing... I can't understand why EVERYONE isn't addicted to these guys.
First we had a great meal in the city, including a bottle of nice wine and dessert, and then we headed over to the venue. We'd heard bad things about the place, so we got there early to try to stake out a good spot. They let people in early if you wanted to go up to the rooftop bar, which of course we did, and so we hung out up there for a while and had a few drinks; then, when the doors officially opened, we found a place in the second level on the rail behind the sound guys. It was the perfect sound AND line of vision.
The opening act, Jessica Lee Mayfield, was decent, although we didn't really know anything she did. But I couldn't wait for the Avetts.
They came out strong and played a lot of their new songs... they played I and Love and You, January Wedding, Laundry Room... and The Perfect Space, another great song, which really rocked! They also played a few older songs -- some I didn't recognize, towards the end, but they also played Bella Donna and Salina, which I love.
I can't wait to surf Youtube tomorrow and find some of the concert posted. I tried to videotape, but it really didn't work out that well, and I couldn't send it to my email. Maybe Nick can figure it out tomorrow; I've gotta try to download it off the phone.
UPDATE: I didn't take this one, but it's the best video I've found so far: