COUNCIL BLUFFS — As a large crowd sat on blankets and lawn chairs in Stir Cove's grassy bowl, the more hardcore fans of the Avett Brothers stuck to the front of the stage to dance and sing.
Over two hours Tuesday night, the rock band with a folk and bluegrass tinge kept the crowd riveted whether it was with intimate, soulful moments or with raucous, ripping songs.
“The sun's going down, but we're just getting started,” Seth Avett said as the sun was going down.
The set also included several new songs from the band's upcoming album, “The Carpenter,” which is scheduled to be released in September.
With a banjo-heavy melody, “Live and Die” came near the middle of the set and featured a refrain of “You and I, we're the same/Live and die the same/You rejoice, I complain/But you and I, we're the same.”
Other new tunes included “The Once and Future Carpenter” and “Down With the Shine.”
The Avett Brothers also focused heavily on material from the band's 2009 album, “I and Love and You,” including the title track, “The Perfect Space” and “Kick Drum Heart,” which included a jam session at its end.
The five-member band revolves around brothers Seth and Scott Avett. Other than those two, members of the band shifted on and off stage (and switched to different instruments) based on the needs of the song.
One of the best segments of the concert was when the brothers performed “When I Drink,” “Murder in the City” and “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” as just a duo.
The intimate moment caused many fans to pull out iPhones and snap pictures and video.
Songs such as “January Wedding” and “When I Drink” showcased the Avetts' incredible vocal harmonies. Their voices compliment each other in a way that only comes from people who grew up singing together.
Are the Avett Brothers the best band playing this style of music? Thought I like Mumford & Sons and The Civil Wars quite a lot, these guys have a high level of both accessibility and authenticity.
They're not super-poppy, but they also don't delve into jam-style bluegrass territory.
Though it wasn't a packed house, thousands of fans turned out for the show and sang along to almost every song.
“Y'all have been wonderful,” Seth Avett said near the close of the show. “Thank you so much. We're the Avett Brothers. We'll see you down' the road somewhere.”
The band ended with “The Perfect Space,” a song that showcases the band's quieter side and its rock ‘n' roll edge.
“Goodnight,” Avett said. “We love you.”
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