LAST TIME she was here, Grace Potter and her band, The Nocturnals, captivated the crowd on the Forsyth lawn for the SCAD New Alumni concert. Those planning on attending her Trustees return may find something completely different, however: Potter’s gone solo.
In her one-woman pursuit, Potter has veered slightly away from the crunchier, big blues-driving festival sound that’s made Grace Potter & the Nocturnals a favorite for years, opting instead for a raw, glossy pop style that’s hooky and huge.
After the success of her crossover hit, “Paris (Ooh La La)” five years ago, Potter is vocally interested in pushing her sound and evolving the pop music conversation in inventive, genre-melding ways. Citing inspiration from Tina Turner and her time spent touring with Mick Jagger, it’s a new kind of grounded grandeur for the performer.
Midnight, released on August 14, 2015, is a memorable, melodic LP packed with single potential and standout cuts. Potter herself was born at midnight, making the title quite an apt one for a solo debut.
Songs like “Alive Tonight” beg to be remixed and blasted through the loudspeakers in enormous dance clubs, and though it’s glossed up and scintillating, Potter’s Bonnie-Raitt-meets-Janis-Joplin heart still unfurls. Fans of her full band will be pleased to see members backing up Potter on this tour, as well as her bandmate and husband Matt Burr on drums.
Word from the road hints that Savannah may hear a nice mix of new songs, like “Your Girl” and “Delirious,” alongside old hits like “Nothing But the Water,” “The Lion The Beast The Beat,” and “Paris.” This new leaf and sound is a landmark achievement in Potter’s already-prolific career, and the 32-year-old Vermont native shows no signs of slowing down.
Saturday, November 7, 7 p.m., $35-$55