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Grace Potter Turns It Up

Grace Potter of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals performs as part of Final Four Big Dance Concerts at Centennial Olympic Park on Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP)

Grace Potter of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals performs as part of Final Four Big Dance Concerts at Centennial Olympic Park on Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP)

Grace Potter grew up singing in church, and at home, along with her parents’ records. So, as a very young girl, most of the time, she had an audience of one – herself. Fast forward a couple of decades to last year, and Grace Potter finds herself in front of a much bigger audience.

Potter and her band, The Nocturnals, were the opening act for country megastars Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, who had the biggest selling tour of last year, playing stadiums of up to 65,000 people. Quite a change for the native Vermonter who, like her home state, is full of character, eclectic, omnivorous and musically independent.

Potter is gutsy. She’s got a voice as big as the room, or stadium, that dares to hold it. But Potter’s defining musical trait is probably her freedom and range, as we heard when we spoke with her earlier this week.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are opening for The Allman Brothers at the Comcast Center in Mansfield on Friday, Sept. 6, and at the Grand Point North Festival in Burlington, Vt., on Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15

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Grace Potter, singer/songwriter and bandleader of Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

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