February was a somewhat slow month despite the excitement of the first Avett at the Beach festival. The band hit the road in March, playing seven shows including two night gigs in Richmond and Savannah. In month of March they played 182 total songs with 77 unique songs. May it Last premiered in March, as did Seth’s Darling IV album.
March 10—Richmond, VA (Night 1)
March 10th was the first of two nights in Richmond, Virginia at the National. The night would start off with the cover of Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth).
The setlist included 28 songs including the live debut of C-Sections and Railway Trestles.
March 11—XL102 Radio
On the afternoon of March 11th the band played three songs for a handful of fans at Capital Ale House at a mini-concert and meet and greet sponsored by XL102 Radio: Distraction #74, I Wish I Was and Victims of Life Luckily for us, DCRANGERFAN was there.
March 11—Richmond, VA (Night 2)
Later that night at The National fans got a fantastic setlist. The Leonard Cohen cover Hallelujah hasn’t been played since that night. It was followed by The Lowering, which has become a rare treat these days. It has only been played 12 times over the last 7 years. The Pink Floyd cover Time was played for the second time, thus not becoming a New Year’s Eve show one and done song.
March 12—Charleston, WV
After night two in Richmond, The Avett Brothers headed to West Virginia to play the Charleston Municipal Auditorium. They played half of the True Sadness album and a good mix of the rest of their catalog thrown in like January Wedding, Colorshow, Sanguine, Go to Sleep, Please Pardon Yourself, and Laundry Room. Four covers were played: Give Me Love, Time, I Won’t Give up My Train, and a wonderful version of Wanted Man with a Scott scream at the beginning and Seth dancing.
Always a favorite closer, If it’s the Beaches ended the show.
March 14—Ray Benson Birthday Party, Austin, Texas
The Avett Brothers were surprise guests at Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson’s Birthday Bash in Austin, TX. They played David Childers’ The Prettiest Thing and joined Asleep at the Wheel for Take Me Back to Tulsa and Flop Eared Mule. Willie Nelson joined them on stage for On the Road Again and Poncho and Lefty.
March 15—May it Last Premiere at SXSW
May it Last, directed by Michael Bonfiglio and Judd Apatow, follows around the Avett Brothers during the making of True Sadness. You can read Tanya’s interview with Michael here. May it Last premiered at SXSW at the Paramount Theater in Austin. Approximately 250 Avett Guild members got in free to see the premiere. If you are not a member of the Avett Guild you can sign up here. After the show, the band held a Q&A and played Fisher Road to Hollywood. I know there are people out there who have not seen the documentary yet so I won’t give anything away but sure to tune into HBO beginning on January 29, 2018 to see it and see it again.
March 15—Austin, TX
The Moody Theater was the site for the concert after the May it Last premiere. Like several other shows early in the year Give Me Love started out the show. The surprise of this setlist would be Talk on Indolence, If it’s the Beaches, Please Pardon Yourself all in a row very early in the setlist. Life would end this 19 song set and an amazing night in Austin.
March 23—Savannah, GA (Night 1)
The Avett Brothers played 53 songs over two nights at the Johnny Mercer Theater in Savannah, Georgia with Head Full of Doubt being the only repeat.
Night 1’s setlist included Famous Flower of Manhattan, Skin and Bones, St. Joseph’s, which were just a few of the surprises to go along with Ballad of Love and Hate, The Perfect Space, Paranoia, February Seven and more. They also played the David Childers song Lucky Stranger (the only time that it has been played in concert) and Sittin’ on Top of the World which was one of the songs they learned from Doc Watson.
March 23rd was also the day we launched Avett News so I wanna send a big thank you to Tanya.
March 24—Savannah, GA (Night 2)
Night 2 started off with a surprise, Walking for You. The set also included Denouncing and November Blue back to back. Also a high energy Laundry Room into Wanted Man into Pretty Girl from Here. They also broke out a fan favorite cover Clay Pigeons and ended the show with No Hard Feelings.
March 25—UNwineD Panama City Beach
The last show of the month was the UNwineD festival in Panama City Beach. This out door show included a lot of high energy songs in the setlist. Talk on Indolence in the two spot followed by Another is Waiting. Later, Will You Return? transitioned into February Seven, which always goes together nicely. Since they were in Panama City Beach, they ended the show with At the Beach.
The Avett Brothers have been on tour since 2002 and they rarely cancel a show, but Scott got the flu in late March and they were forced to cancel and reschedule shows originally set for March 30th in New Orleans and March 31st in Sugar Land, TX.
There was a bright spot on the 31st and that was the release of Timothy Seth Avett As Darling IV album. If for some crazy reason you don’t own this album and the other Darling albums please buy them.