Photos by Mike McCawley
November 9, 2017 | Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL –
At 8:15 sharp and without any openers, The Avett Brothers took the stage for the first of three night sold-out concerts at the historic Chicago Theatre. The crowd rose to their feet at the familiar opening refrains of Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How it Feels” and stayed standing for the entire show until the final song of the night, a rousing spiritual cover of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released”.
In between these Wilbury bookends, the setlist covered all eras of their 17-year career, from the plaintive strums of “All My Mistakes” from their 2007 Emotionalism album to the loose and funky “Ain’t No Man” and the beautiful “True Sadness” from the 2016 Grammy nominated album of the same name. Aside from the Petty and Dylan covers, the Avetts also mixed in a rousing rendition of Harry Belafonte’s “Jump in the Line” that as well as a beautiful version of Jason Molina’s “Just Be Simple”.
Over two plus hours, a gaggle of musicians lined up across the front of the stage – Scott and Seth Avett front and center with Bob Crawford on bass and the venerable Joe Kwon on cello. Touring musicians Tania Elizabeth (violin) and Mike Marsh (drums) rounded things out.
You Don’t Know How It Feels (Tom Petty cover)
Will You Return?
Satan Pulls the Strings
Skin and Bones
Paranoia in B-Flat Major
You Are Mine
Just Be Simple (Jason MolinaCover)
Tear Down the House
Ain’t No Man
Victims of Life
Down With the Shine
Go to Sleep
Another Is Waiting
All My Mistakes
Jump in the Line (Harry Belafonte cover)
I Wish I Was
Backwards With Time
Live and Die
Old Joe Clark (Instrumental)
The Perfect Space
I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan cover)
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