As always, the year began with balloons.
Thousands and thousands of balloons, of various sizes and colors, falling from the ceiling of Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C.
The Year in Avett Brothers began, as it always does, at midnight on New Year’s Eve. As 2016 turned to 2017, the band was joined onstage by Father Time (aka Valiant Thor). After ringing in the New Year, the band played Pink Floyd’s Time, the first time they covered that particular song and one that featured Seth playing the memorable solo.
The 2016/17 New Year’s Eve show was memorable for many reasons. This was the first event where people lined up in the Avett Guild Early Entry Line and others lined up in the VIP early entry line. There was some confusion about where people should go, but by and large, it went fine. This show also featured a special poster designed by Scott, a t-shirt designed by Mike Marsh and, for the first time, Avett Brothers socks (they sold out of these beauties). The New Year’s Eve show featured DJ Logic as the opener.
January is typically a quiet month in the Avett world. After the New Year’s Eve, the band tends to take some time off. But January 2017 had a few major events for the band.
On January 6, they played at the inauguration of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. Playing for the black-tie crowd at the Marbles Kid Museum in Raleigh, the band played a three-song set—including a rare performance of St. Joseph.
On January 20, the band appeared by invitation on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. On the day that Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president, the band played a special cover song. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) by George Harrison. On February 9th, in the Songwriters’ Workshop in Riviera Maya, Mexico, Scott and Seth had this to say:
“The truth about the Cobert experience, is they invited us to play that particular song. … Colbert requested it. … [Scott]: I’d never heard that song. … We tried our best. … I will say this about starting a relationship with that song … we attempt covers a lot and sometimes we have to work … Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) was immediately, like, this is one of our songs.”
It was a stunning performance. The Avett Brothers have been a fairly apolitical band—one of their best known lyrics is “Your life doesn’t change by the man that’s elected,”—and yet this passionate performance felt incredibly vital on a day like that.
…stay tuned tomorrow for the recap of February 2017, including the first Avett at the Beach weekend…