The Seaport got a little rowdy on Sunday night as the Avett Brothers marked their triumphant returned to Boston. The band brought their genre-bending (think: folk Americana rock) style to the Bank of America Pavilion for two plus hours of banjos (!!!), cellos, bass and drums.
The North Carolina-based duo, Seth and Scott Avett, brought along cellist Joe Kwon and stand-up bassist Bob Crawford to promote their newest album, The Carpenter. The Carpenter, released September 11th and produced by Rick Rubin, is the band’s sixth album.
The brothers, despite their emotive lyrics, are known for putting on one hell of a live show and they certainly didn’t disappoint on this most recent stop. There was plenty of banjo jamming and foot-stomping, balanced smartly with very quiet moments. The band unexpectedly welcomed G. Love to the stage to join them for Milk and Sugar, a nice surprise for many audience members.
Biased as I am, as this is my 6th or 7th show, I thoroughly enjoyed the energy and size of the crowd. Having seen the success of record-mates, Mumford & Sons, I’m glad to see the size of the Avett fanbase growing. That said, I fear the days of seeing them play cozy venues, where you could really feel the music in your bones, has passed.
Check out some of their tunes below:
Live & Die
Murder in the City
NPR Tiny Desk Concert