Back again for their second round on Austin City Limits, The Avett Brothers graced the stage just two days after their first of two performances at this year’s Austin City Limits Festival. Word on the street was that the band’s set at the festival proved wildly impressive which made tickets for this taping high in demand. The North Carolina quartet, along with Mike Marsh on drums, Tania Elizabeth on violin, and Paul Defligia on keyboard, had much to prove to the expecting crowd.
All expectations were met and surpassed. They crashed into fan favorite “Live And Die” to start the set and the momentum hardly let up. A seasoned group unafraid to reach for the rafters, their neo-folk rock sound was performed as if it were arena rock, perfect for the 2,750 capacity Moody Theater. Epic guitar solos, vocal yelps, and lots and lots of jumping created a controlled chaos that sent the audience into a frenzy.
The Avett Brothers did not let us forget where they came from, however. The slower songs, such as “Rejects in the Attic” and the encore “November Blue”, featured Seth and Scott Avett’s beautiful harmonies and moving lyrics that put them on the map in the first place, giving the show a sense of pace. Their voices blended as only brothers can. After 14 years of playing, The Avett Brothers are one of the best live bands on the circuit with certainly one of the best ACL tapings so far this season. See the proof when PBS airs their performance early next year.
* Live photos courtesy of KLRU. All photos below by Scott Newton.