Watch out for the orangutan
We drove in after work, which was only about an 1.5 hour drive. Oddly, they didn't have an opener and were going on at 7:30pm. Regardless, we got there earlier enough to snag a gig poster, grab beers and something to eat. We walked through the entire zoo to get to the amphitheater the band was playing on. We literally walked a half mile into the zoo, past several penguins and sea lions.
We got to our seats to be surprised our seats were so great for only buying them two days earlier. The outdoor theater was actually really nice and looked to be at least 100 years old. We only waited for a bit before the Avett's hit the stage. They came out, starting with 'Satan Pulls the Strings' and had the crowd into it on the first note. Going through such Avett classics as 'Live and Die', 'The Fall' and 'Distraction #7', they had a pace that would not let up the entire night. They went through several new songs off of 'Magpie and the Dandelion", mixed in with other songs from their deep catalog from their several older albums.
Some highlights from the set were 'Murder in the City', 'Vanity' and 'Just a Closer Walk with Thee' where Scott and Seth Avett brought bassist Bob Crawford up to the mic to sing along with them on the gospel song. They concluded their pre-encore set with 'Kick Drum Heart' and 'I and Love and You', which had the entire crowd throwing up 1-2-3 while singing along to the namesake verse of the song. They came back out with 'Nothing Short of Thankful' and 'Pretty Girl from Michigan' and finished with The Spaniels cover, 'Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight'. It was truly a great and relaxing night watching the talented brothers and hanging out with the Polar Bears.