Triple A Radio Conference Blog: Wed. Wrap-Up: Grace Potter and Iron & Wine Best Shows of the Night. Read More About the Bands and the News

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals rocked Wednesday's Triple A shows

So many bands so little time!

It’s time again for the Club Notes update of all the Triple A radio conference doings. Let’s just say I saw a lot of bands in six hours.

Dr. Dog opened the Triple A concerts at the Fox. I really like this band and its big-sounding roots vibe, but it just got a little too big last night. This group has so much going on in concert that it can overwhelm the music, and Dr. Dog’s Wednesday adventure into overly lush tunes had the crowd agreeing it might have been too much.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals was the big winner on the Hill last night. The Vermont band didn’t play its usual rock and soul show — they turned the evening into more of a rock n’ roll party. Potter’s vocals were spot on and the set really showed off her versatile band.

Dawes played the second set at the Hill’s free Triple a show last night.  The folk-rockers pulled off a tight set that featured their well-crafted tunes. Maybe next year they’ll get a big stage slot.

Robert Randolph and his band know how to fuse soul, blues and gospel music into one sweet show, and they closed out the night on the Hill.

Meanwhile, The Samples held a mini — OK 3-song show — at the No Name Bar on the Hill. The night was hosted by Christopher Hawley and James Hambleton and the duo says they’ll be playing another show there Fri. at 7 p.m. Could The Samples show up again?

The Samples did hang out at the Fox last night and they looked liked very happy campers. The band’s really enjoying their rehearsals together. Does that mean more shows? Stay tuned.

It was after midnight, but I had the chance to see some after-hour private shows at the conference.

First, they showed a mini-film about the making of Ben Folds and Nick Hornby’s  (writer of “High Fidelity”) new musical collaboration called “Lonely Avenue.” The music’s nothing short of brilliant, but you’ll have to wait a few months for the CD release.

Then, emotive rock band Everest came out as an acoustic trio. Maybe it was the 1:30 a.m. hour, but the set came out pretty flat.

It was all worthwhile to stick around until 2 a.m. to see Iron & Wine. Sam Beam is a brilliant lyricist and his voice is pure magic. I’ll be paying for it today, but it was worth it to stick around to the wee hours to see this amazing singer-songwriter in action.

Stay tuned.

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