Concert review: The Avett Brothers at the Cuban Club (pics + setlist)

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The 18-song set closed with the sing-a-long, fan favorite, "Salvation Song" off 2004's Mignonette. Most of the crowd left happy and content after a three-song encore ended with the fitting "Four Thieves Gone," but the gluttonous could be heard muttering "They still had 14 minutes they could have played."

Saturday night also served as another reminder that the Cuban Club Bandshell doesn’t get nearly as much use as it should. It's the red-headed stepchild to Jannus Landing. So now with Jannus Landing having some serious issues, hopefully Cuban Club can step its game up and become the mid-size outdoor venue that Tampa so desperately needs.


(For more photos by Nicole, check out her entire Avett Brothers set.)

Avett Brothers, Cuban Club Bandshell, Ybor City, July 18th, 2009

Laundry Room, Paranoia in B-Flat Major, Distraction #74, Living of Love, Gimmeakiss, Pretty Girl from Raleigh, I and Love and You, Signs, Wanted Man, Dream Appointed, Talk on Indolence, Murder in the City, The Fall, Shame, A Gift for Melody Anne, Down With the Shine, The Perfect Space, Salvation Song

E: At the Beach, Kick Drum Heart, Four Thieves Gone

(All photos by elawgrrl)

This past Saturday night, the Cuban Club Bandshell played host to a long awaited and twice-delayed show by Carolina foursome opened for the Dave Mathews Band earlier in the summer. Accordingly, fans packed into the charmingly-neglected Cuban Club awaiting a trademark, knock-you-on-your-ass Avett Brothers' performance — and they delivered.

The Avetts opened with a track from their upcoming release, I and Love and You (September 29, American Recordings) — "Laundry Room," an entrancing song with a refrain I still can't get out of my head. Then the band traversed through their entire catalog, with highlights that included "Distraction #74," "Gimmeakiss," "I and Love and You" and "Shame."

As NPR's Bob Boilen recently pointed out, Scott Avett sings as if he swallowed an amplifier. The long-haired, banjo thrashing hillbilly yells love songs at the top of his lungs. It's a sweaty mess, but still ends up being captivating, raw and beautiful. The younger (and only other brother), Seth Avett, plays George to Scott's John, Paul and Ringo, as the older Avett will sometimes take to the drum kit and keyboard. Often when drums are interspersed within a set, the music lacks punch and suffers inconsistencies — but the energy of Avetts made up for it. Not to mention the brothers, along with Bob Crawford on upright and electric bass and Joe Kwon on cello, pound the hell out of the back of their respective instruments. (Setlist and more after the jump...)

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